This morning I was at it early. I removed the heat cover, which is just four bolts.
And there were the coil packs right there, easy to access, with the spark plug wires attached. Because it was so dirty, and I might be a little bit of a clean freak, while still in my pj's, with Mad Max supervising from his garage cage, I cleaned up the top of the head.
|The Four Coil Packs with wires, but too dirty for my liking.|
|Cleaned up, with a couple of the wires off.|
Further Youtube videos had advised to switch the suspected bad coil pack then to another cylinder, hook up the wires and repeat the test. If the problem then switched to that cylinder, when I pulled off the wire (no change in engine sound), then it would be indeed that the coil pack was bad, and not the wire harness or spark plug. The problem did follow the coil pack to the new cylinder.
My friend came over from Corvallis then. First we drove Mad Max home. Then we got a new coil pack at Napa for $64. Took about two minutes to put it in. Engine is running again on all four, sounds good, drives good.
Yay. And am I ever grateful for the DIY'ers on Youtube. My heroes!
|Bad coil pack|