You may have one or more ignition coils that are starting to go bad. Whenever an ignition coil goes bad, your vehicle will not idle smoothly but will pulsate. You will also feel a significant decrease in power and gas mileage. Your vehicle will also sputter when the accelerator is depressed. If you have any of these symptoms then you may be experiencing an ignition coil problem. The reason the coils go bad is that the spark plug seals leak oil into the spark plug wells and prematurely burn out the coils. To check it yourself (very easy to do) you will need to remove the ignition coil cover which is located on top o the valve cover. This is only about 14 X 2.5 inches and there are only six screws to remove. Once you have done that you will see four ignition coils each held in by only one screw. Once you remove the screw, detach the retaining clip (wire) and it will pull out. Once you have done this, take a flashlight and look inside each spark plug well and see it oil has entered. Hope this helps and good luck.
Wednesday, October 11th, 2006 AT 12:10 PM