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Old 10-17-2003, 12:50   #1 (permalink)
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check engine code

I am new to the forums, so here goes.......

I have a 1992 ford ranger 4cyl. It's got about 196000 miles on it now, and I just recently had a problem with the check engine light. On my original check, I had a problem with the EGR system and a bad coil. Well coil failure on 1,2,3 or 4.

I replaced both coils with Echlin brand coils, new plugs (bosch Platinum) and wires. This did not fix the problem. After about 8 seconds, the check engine light comes on every time I fire it up, so I got the codes checked. Here is what they said.

Code 224 = 1,2,3 or 4 circuit failure back to the same coil problem. The intake side coil. The mechanic said to run OEM equipment and check the plug gap and replace the wires. If that doesn't fix it, get the OEM coils from Ford (130.00/coil).

I guess my question is, "Has anyone else come across this problem?" and "What did it take to fix it?"

Cash is in low supply, so I'd like to get it fixed with as little money as possible. I'd rather not have to go get new plugs, wires, and coils.

Any help would be appreciated.

BTW the code keeps returning after being cleared
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Old 10-17-2003, 18:33   #2 (permalink)
 
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Well those things your worried about spending money on are required in regular tune ups. i'd go ahead and replace the plugs etc. becuase in the long run it will save you money with a well tuned vehicle.
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Old 10-17-2003, 19:55   #3 (permalink)
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Re: check engine code

i have heard from different people that they had problems running those bosch plugs too, but that doesnt mean the plugs are bad.
my opinion is that the resistance might be wrong in either the plugs or wires for those coils and this could cause a coil code.
i would try a cheap set of autolite plugs or comparable to see if the plugs are the problem.
although i have to add this i wouldnt put a champion plug in my push mower if someone else bought the plug for me !
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I replaced both coils with Echlin brand coils, new plugs (bosch Platinum) and wires. This did not fix the problem.
okay scrap my post, i think i need to go back to school to learn to read.

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oooh, oooh, oooh, pick me !!
just say the word and that post is gone 89 !
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be gone post!! banish it from this thread for ever 351
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Old 10-19-2003, 20:01   #8 (permalink)
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Well I regapped the plugs and checked out the connections on the unit that controlls the coils. After messing with that "controller" I have gotten the light to stop coming on......but only on some occasions. There seems to be a type of grease between the "cpntroller" and the intake manifold. It's very similar to the type of grease used in computers between CPU and the Heat Sink.

I'm not sure if the connectors on the "controller" are losing the connection, but it seems to do ok when the engine is fairly cool. Once it heats up the light comes back on. Would that "grease" have anything to do with it?
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i doubt the grease is causing your problem but you could try using some brakeclean or carb cleaner and remove it to see if it helps.
the die-electric grease used on those it so keep out moisture and dirt and also in some locations to help disperse a little heat.
if the connecter is good and put together properly then the grease would not effect it.
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What does IDM stand for?
because on a code definiton list it says 224 is Erratic IDM input to processor
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