Have you ever wondered where the power that jerks your car to life when you activate the ignition originates? It is from a wire component called the ignition coil. This part is the heart of the ignition's primary circuit that produces a strong magnetic field, which is then transferred to the spark plug. In short, your car's ignition coil, with its insulated high-voltage windings, is responsible for transforming the 12-volt power from your battery into thousands of volts needed to produce the sparks that "wake up" the ignition. When your car is quite old, the windings of the ignition coil will eventually ground and tire, causing decreased magnetic field generation. This in effect causes weak sparks, which is the reason for stalling, hard starting, and other ignition problems. Hence, it is very important to replace the coils occasionally. One good source of ignition coils is Accel, but before you opt for its product, let us first put it to the test.
- Coil pack
- Standard ignition coil
- With epoxy internal construction
- Round and yellow
- With female wire attachment
- Comes with a 90-day Accel limited warranty
We tested this component on a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria and a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis, and here is what we have to say:
- Overall, the product looked visually okay. The outside cylinder had no dents and scratches, and the terminals were clean and equal in height.
- When driving the Crown Victoria and the Grand Marquis, we noticed that the two cars had a better acceleration that was very responsive depending on how hard we pressed the throttle pedal. Idling behavior was only better on the Crown Victoria, though.
- We were quite excited to start the vehicles after installing the ignition coils. When we turned the key, we heard a new kind of roar from the engine, which was as if it had received a new life. We were very pleased with the power the new coils supplied to the spark plugs.
- It would have been better if the product came with wire tunnels for fixing the entanglement of the fuel rails and wirings.
- The idling behavior of the Grand Marquis was some kind of problematic. We did not know that the spark plug gap must be readjusted somehow. Also, there was no instruction on not installing the coils sideways or upside down. The manufacturer should have included installation tips with the package.
This product comes with a competitive price despite having a meager warranty offer. The product definitely has it downsides, but these are generally on the tips that the manufacturer forgot to provide. Fuel savings and performance improvement actually depend on the current health of your engine and exhaust system.