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Need to replace coli pacs is this hard to do

Dealer wants 990.00 to replace 6 coil pacs do I need to replace all 6 and is this job hard to do I have alot of mechanical experience?

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Hi, I don't know if you have solved your problem yet or not but changing the coils is not hard to do. It is just a matter of taking some of the plastic covers off of the engine and simply unbolting each coil and unplugging it. It is a good idea to change all 6 at once because usually if they don't all go out at once they will go out over a period of a few months in succession. Which is pretty aggravating. But I got so good at changing them I could do it in about 15 minutes. Also while you have them out it is a very good idea to go ahead and change your spark plugs since you are right there at them and some are probably fouled from where they were not firing. Hope this helps!

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It must be a really tough job since the quote from the dealer leaves about $770 for labor and I'm pretty sure the dealer does not pay anything close to retail for the coil packs.
First off, I find it very hard to swallow that all six of them failed in harmony- it sounds more like a way to pay the rent in times of slow sales.
Check these prices for the coil packs:
Volvo coil packs
And then, I recommend you buy a Haynes or Chilton aftermarket service manual for you Volvo to see how difficult it really is to do the job. I personally cannot imagine that it would take more than a couple of hours to do all six - if they are even needed.

If all six had truly failed, then it would be worthwhile to check Volvo for recalls on them. If they have had a series problem, they might be charging nothing for the replacement parts. if you had a single miss, then you may have only one pack that is bad but if I discovered that on my car, I would probably still order one more coil pack than immediately needed as a spare since they may be problematic.
I think a proficient, conscientious teen could accomplish the replacement.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008

  • Steve Allison
    Steve Allison Oct 20, 2008

    Well, my math stinks but still . . .


    It would be 'only' $660 for labor, jeez . . .

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