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Where is the ignition coil located?

My car just dies and starts when it wants to. the auto parts store told me to check the ignition coil but i dont know where it is.

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The coil pack is Number 505 on the link i am sending to you for the 3.4 liter V6 and on the 3.1 liter V6 it's going to be on the other side Number 620.
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