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Is there a way to check if a coil pack is good or bad by connecting an ohm meter to it?

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You can use a standard ohm meter, set the scale to 20K ohms and take a reading between the front spring (located inside the rubber insulator) and either one of the contacts on the top side. If the COP is good it will give you a closed contact reading. If the COP is bad it will be open.

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  • 4 Unplug the pack's electrical connector and remove the coil pack from the engine, using a wrench or ratchet and socket if necessary. If your coil pack is mounted on the back of the engine, raise the front of the vehicle and safely support it on two jack stands to reach the coil pack from underneath the engine.
  • 5 Set your ohmmeter to the 20000 ohms range. Turn on your meter and touch the spark plug wire terminals on one of the coils with the meter leads. You may get a reading between 5000 to 15000 ohms, depending on your particular model. This checks the secondary resistance.
  • 6 Set your ohmmeter to the 10 ohms range, and touch the terminal B+ (usually the center prong on the coil pack electrical connector) with one of the meter test leads, and touch the corresponding coil prong on the electrical connector with the other test lead. You may get a reading between 0.3 and 1.0 or more, depending on your particular model. This checks the primary resistance on each coil.
  • 7 Repeat steps 6 and 7 for each coil in the pack assembly, and compare your resistance readings to the specifications given on your vehicle service manual (see "Tips"). If your readings are out of range, replace the coil or coils as necessary.


  • Read more: How to Check Coil Packs With a Voltage Meter ' eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4912368_check-coil-packs-voltage-meter.html#ixzz13fJECvLx

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    With an OHM meter to check the resistance

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    Join Date: Jul 2003 Location: Montreal, QC Canada Posts: 8,805 im_aim.gif So you got codes P0300, P0304 and P0305

    You need to check primary and secondary resistences, not just primary as you did.
    Primary = 0.67 - 1.05 ohms (You may have a bad multi meter if all read the same)
    Secondary = 9.3k - 16k ohms Contributing Member
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    Join Date: Jul 2003 Location: Montreal, QC Canada Posts: 8,805 im_aim.gif So you got codes P0300, P0304 and P0305

    You need to check primary and secondary resistences, not just primary as you did.
    Primary = 0.67 - 1.05 ohms (You may have a bad multi meter if all read the same)
    Secondary = 9.3k - 16k ohmsSo you got codes P0300, P0304 and P0305

    You need to check primary and secondary resistences, not just primary as you did.
    Primary = 0.67 - 1.05 ohms
    Secondary = 9.3k - 16k ohms

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