1993 Ford Taurus ignition problem

Tiny
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  • 1993 FORD TAURUS
  • 3.2L
  • V6
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 1,320,000 MILES
Can some one tell me what sensor controls the coil pack? I replaced the coil pack and I'm still not getting spark out of 3 of the 6. I disconnect the battery and waited a few mins and re hooked the cables back up. It ran great for about 5 mins then cut the same 3 off. The tack drops and surges also. I don't have alot of money and these parts are expensive. A info would be great ty.
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Friday, August 29th, 2014 AT 6:27 PM

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Tiny
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I have a question. Is this an SHO? Does it have a distributor or individual coil packs for each cylinder?
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Friday, August 29th, 2014 AT 7:35 PM
Tiny
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Yes it is the sho. And no it has one coil pack for all six.
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Friday, August 29th, 2014 AT 8:02 PM
Tiny
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Then it has a distributor, correct? If it does, have you checked the cap and rotor?
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Saturday, August 30th, 2014 AT 7:12 PM
Tiny
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This doesn't have a distributor or a cap it's a gel pack coil all electronic.
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Saturday, August 30th, 2014 AT 7:34 PM
Tiny
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Okay. There are two spark output (spout) sensor that tell the coil when to fire. I need to know what trouble codes you found to go further.
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Monday, September 1st, 2014 AT 7:38 PM
Tiny
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One said coil pack #1 was bad
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Monday, September 1st, 2014 AT 7:57 PM
Tiny
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You replaced the coil, correct?
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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 AT 4:58 AM
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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 AT 7:46 AM
Tiny
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If it is doing the same thing, the spout would be my next check.
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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 AT 8:37 AM
Tiny
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Don't want to sound dumb. But what u mean by spout?
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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 AT 10:02 AM
Tiny
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Spout is an acronym for the spark output sensor. It is what tells the coil when to fire. And don't think you sound dumb for asking questions.
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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 AT 6:31 PM
Tiny
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Would that be the same thing as the DIS modual?
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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 AT 6:48 PM
Tiny
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Spark output is sent from the PCM to the ICM. The spout provides the necessary information for ignition spark to the ICM and controls ignition timing.
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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 AT 7:47 PM
Tiny
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According to parts stores and a few Web sites my car is not equipped with a spout.
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Thursday, September 4th, 2014 AT 2:20 PM
Tiny
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Okay. I got the info from my manual, but it has been wrong before. At this point, I feel you need to start tracing the wiring between the ICM and PCM to see if there are any issues.
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Thursday, September 4th, 2014 AT 6:11 PM
Tiny
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Ok I've check as much as I could see. This motor is stuffed in the car like sardines. A few articles I've read and asked around mentioned that the dis (distribution less ignition system) module would coz it. But it's 160 bucks. Do u think that that could be it? I don't want to buy it if I don't need to.
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Thursday, September 4th, 2014 AT 6:15 PM
Tiny
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Yes, it could be the issue. If this was a GM product, I would have already suggested replacing the DIC (digital ignition control) module. Listen, I believe stores like auto zone have test equipment to test GM DIC's, Call there and ask if they can check yours. They should be able to. Also, rather than purchasing a new module, see if you can find one in a you pull it salvage yard. It would be MUCH cheaper.
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Thursday, September 4th, 2014 AT 6:42 PM
Tiny
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Ok I'll ask em if they can. As far as junk yard parts around here the sho's are none existing. Have to go online to find used ones. New parts are very hard to find also. But I'll try and see if they can test it here. I'll keep u posted if they can. Thank you.
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Thursday, September 4th, 2014 AT 6:47 PM
Tiny
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Sounds good.
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Thursday, September 4th, 2014 AT 6:59 PM

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