1998 Ford Taurus One cylinder possibly misfiring. Looks li

Tiny
LANIE2
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  • 1998 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 15,800 MILES
My car is running rough. It is underpowered and not running on 6 cylinders. It idles rough.I replaced the plugs and checked the spark and it looks weak. It looks orange. How can I fix this. Some one mentioned it could be the coil pack, so you agree or could it be something else.
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Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 AT 7:47 PM

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Tiny
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It suppose to be a snapping blue spark-sounds like the coil is weak-test the primary and secondary winding resistances
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Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 AT 7:57 PM
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DAVE H
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It could be the coils or coil pack. Depending on which system your vehicle has?

Models Equipped With Coil Pack(s)
The EI system consists of a Crankshaft Position (CKP) sensor, coil pack(s), related wiring and PCM. The CKP sensor is used by the PCM to indicate crankshaft position and speed by sensing a missing tooth on a pulse wheel mounted on front of crankshaft. The coil pack(s) receives its signal from the PCM to fire at a calculated spark target. Each coil within the pack fires 2 spark plugs at the same time. The plugs are paired so one plug is fired on the compression stroke, and the other plug fires the mating cylinder, which is on the exhaust stroke. On the next cycle, firing strategy is reversed.
The PCM acts as an electronic switch to ground in the coil primary circuit. When the switch is closed, positive battery voltage applied to the coil primary circuit builds a magnetic field around the primary coil. When the switch opens, power is interrupted and the primary field collapses inducing high voltage in the secondary coil winding and the spark plug is fired.

Models Equipped With Coil On Plugs (COPs)
The EI system consists of a Crankshaft Position (CKP) sensor, Camshaft Position (CMP) sensor, individual COPs mounted directly on the spark plugs, related wiring and PCM. The CKP sensor is used by the PCM to indicate crankshaft position and speed by sensing a missing tooth on a pulse wheel mounted on front of crankshaft. The CMP sensor is used by the PCM to identify when piston No. 1 is at Top Dead Center (TDC) of compression stroke. This signal is used to synchronize firing of individual coils.
The coils receive their signal from the PCM to fire at a calculated spark target. Only one coil is fired at a time and only on the compression stroke. The PCM acts as an electronic switch to ground in the coil primary circuit. When the switch is closed, battery voltage applied to the coil primary circuit builds a magnetic field around the primary coil. When the switch opens, power is interrupted and the primary field collapses, inducing high voltage in the secondary coil winding and the spark plug is fired.
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Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 AT 8:02 PM

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