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Old 12-29-2009, 07:10   #1 (permalink)
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Please help! Cylinder Coil problems--2004 Escape

Hey all,
I am not a car expert by any means, so I'm a little lost on the issues I've been having lately with my 2004 Escape. 2 months ago, i had an oil change done and immediately the next day, it started running rough and the check engine light came on blinking and then turned solid. I took it to Ford who said the #6 cylinder coil was bad, so I had them replace it. Three days later, the catalytic converter went out. They replaced that as well and the car ran okay for 2 months. Then, I stopped short at a stoplight one night on icy roads and the check engine light immediately started blinking and the car ran rough again. I left the car in the airport parking garage for 2 days (Ford was closed for Christmas). When I picked it up to take it to Ford, it ran fine, but the engine light was still on solid. Ford is now telling me that the #5 cylinder coil is bad. I asked them what the underlying cause of 2 bad cylinder coils was and if they could fix that. They said there was no correlation and it was simply coincidence. That seems a little off to me, since my understanding is that most cylinder coils last the life of the car. Anyone have any ideas? Are they probably correct? or should I take it to another Ford dealership for a second opinion? I appreciate any help y'all can provide. Thanks and have a happy new year!

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It's possible the new coil went out. It should be under warranty due to it being so newly replaced.
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Hey all,
I am not a car expert by any means, so I'm a little lost on the issues I've been having lately with my 2004 Escape. 2 months ago, i had an oil change done and immediately the next day, it started running rough and the check engine light came on blinking and then turned solid. I took it to Ford who said the #6 cylinder coil was bad, so I had them replace it. Three days later, the catalytic converter went out. They replaced that as well and the car ran okay for 2 months. Then, I stopped short at a stoplight one night on icy roads and the check engine light immediately started blinking and the car ran rough again. I left the car in the airport parking garage for 2 days (Ford was closed for Christmas). When I picked it up to take it to Ford, it ran fine, but the engine light was still on solid. Ford is now telling me that the #5 cylinder coil is bad. I asked them what the underlying cause of 2 bad cylinder coils was and if they could fix that. They said there was no correlation and it was simply coincidence. That seems a little off to me, since my understanding is that most cylinder coils last the life of the car. Anyone have any ideas? Are they probably correct? or should I take it to another Ford dealership for a second opinion? I appreciate any help y'all can provide. Thanks and have a happy new year!

-Lane
Late reply, but the Coil On Plug units (Coils) are a weak spot on Fords. Water gets past the boots and causes corrosion, causing a skip at times.
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