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Old 07-20-2004, 07:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ok so my situation was that i went overseas for 2 months and now that i came back my car feels like a 20hp car.
i changed the sparks , oil , fuel filter but nothing happened.
here is what i did today .. when the car was on i took off each spark wire 1 at a time.. for the 1st one the car turned off after i took it off. i then put it in and took off the 2nd wire... nothing happened ! i mean it felt the same no affects i tried the same with 3 and 4. at the end it seems that 2 and 4 are not creating any sparks. i took out the plugs and it seemed like it was new ..
so what can this be ? is it that electricity box that the spark wires are connected to ? whats the name of that ?
any other possibilities or tests ?
if not i guess i gotta take to a mechanic
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if you have one can get one or rig one up you can test for the spark. Bascially what it is is a screw driver with the handle hollowed out and inside is placed a real basic circuit that will power a light. You obviously put the end of the screw driver at the end of the wire and make a connection and then turn the car on, or if it's running you can do the test then too aswell. However, even though it's a horrible thing to do (j/k) you might need to take it to a mechanic if you have one that you trust. If not they may try and screw you over on this.
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ok here is what happened i went to the mechanic and he said that the ignition wire and the coil set needs to be changed ? :-S all this for not using my car for 2 months .. wtf
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ok here is what happened i went to the mechanic and he said that the ignition wire and the coil set needs to be changed ? :-S all this for not using my car for 2 months .. wtf
it's possible. That sounds about right if your not getting any spark at all. A bit of moisture could have found its way in, or a squirel (sp?) or other small rodent. I don't think that the wires are too expensive but as I recall the coils can get a little pricey. But you'll be out a couple hundred at worst, no more so than if you had to be driving the car over the last 2 months.
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any cheap places to buy these ?
cheapest i found for wires was 163 at bimmerparts
but i cant seem to find the coil pack in any sites all i found was on ebay which is here http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...ssPageName=WDVW

any other places i can get this ?
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Wires to the coils shoudn't be too expensive.
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any cheap places to buy these ?
cheapest i found for wires was 163 at bimmerparts
but i cant seem to find the coil pack in any sites all i found was on ebay which is here http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...ssPageName=WDVW

any other places i can get this ?
there a cheap place in Atlanta... I can't remeber what it's called but it's usually between 10-25% cheaper than the stealerships just for the parts.
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why cant i find coil pack on bimmerparts or pelican parts? all i find it ignition coil /// is this the same thing ?
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