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My 2002 dodge ram van cranks/ won't fire

It happened before and when I disconnected the pos lead from the battery & reconnected it would start. Everyone tells me the MFR coil is bad and to replace the coil. Where is the coil located and how to replace it?

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The coil is inside the distributor cap. It is a flat round plastic plate the cap pushes downn on when you put it on, with wires going to it. Disconnect the wire connector, remove the distributor cap, remove the rotor, pull up on the wires till the coil/plate pops off the distributor housing. Replace with new coil, reverse procedure to assemble it all.
Be careful to clean inside the distributor when you have the coil out, as it does not come apart often, and sand and dirt builds up under the shield/plate of the coil, especially in dusty areas, so blow it and wipe it out good. Put the new coil in. Put the rotor on, then the cap.
Replace all this stuff if you have trouble with the coil.
Also, replace spark plugs or clean them, as misfires and mis timed spark can cause one or more plugs to really carbon up fast and bad.

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