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2001 winstar running rough. started after big rain I drove in. engine light flashing. someone said a leak in plenum mite be problem, or gasket on plenum blown. idles fine with little 'boomfs' coming out of tailpipe. runs somewhat smooth until higher rpms. any suggestions? had this problem about 4 driving weeks.

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  • rajprev Apr 06, 2011

    Hey, mkay5637, it turned out to be a cracked ignition coil. Cost about $80 at Auto Zone. Fixed it myself. Is somewhat easy if you are mechanically inclined. I found out 'newer' vehicles don't all have a distributor 'cap'. Not like the 'old days' anymore. Thanks for input, hope mine helps.

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You might want to check windshield mounting channel make sure seal is good and not letting water leak in onto coil pack and wires. does it clean up after its dry out for awhile or not? Im having same problem hope we both get the help we need i will share with u what i find

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  • rajprev Apr 06, 2011

    My problem turned out to be the ignition coil. It had a crack in it. Check yours if you have the same problem. Cost-$80 at Auto Zone. Installed it myself, took a couple of hours, because of all the stuff you have to remove. Windshield wipers (held on by two nuts, easy to remove), the whole 'cover' that holds the windshield wiper motor assembly and the windshield seal. (This 'cover' snaps loose if you gently pry and pull away from the windshield quickly. Be careful, I broke one clip, I think because it was too cold when I did it. Be sure and disconnect the wiper motor plug also, you'll see it.) Take out the bolts holding the ignition coil on, THEN remove the sparkplug wires one at a time and plug into the new coil. Then bolt the new one where the old on was. replace all that you took off. One reason it took me 2 hours- I did it in 'freezin' weather, outside. Kinda a cold thing to do. I recommend doing it some place warm. Thanks and hope this helps.

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Have it checked out ASAP. you may have aready damaged the catalytic converter., by driving it so long with a flashing light.

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