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2006 500 SEL Ignition Coils

Post by NickSteel » Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:42 pm

2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL
110K miles
Running rough a, showing code P0351

Need to have ignition coils, spark plug wires and spark plugs replaced.
I find sets of 6 ignition coils on Amazon (not Motorcraft) at about $60.
Has anyone used any of these inexpensive ones successfully?
If so, which ones?

Any advice would be most appreciated.


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Re: 2006 500 SEL Ignition Coils

Post by Webmaster » Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:04 pm

Only use Motorcraft parts for longevity. You do not need to replace all coils.

https://www.obd-codes.com/p0351
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Re: 2006 500 SEL Ignition Coils

Post by NickSteel » Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:12 pm

I was thinking that, as the back side ignition coils and plugs will require a mechanic, it might be better to change out at least the three on that side. Number one is indicated as bad.

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Re: 2006 500 SEL Ignition Coils

Post by Webmaster » Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:19 pm

It's coil on plug, right? Swap the coil from #1 to #2, clear the codes. If the misfire moves to that cylinder then you know that coil is bad and you only need to replace it.
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Re: 2006 500 SEL Ignition Coils

Post by NickSteel » Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:30 pm

How can tell which engine I have?

3.0L 2968CC 181Cu. In. V6 GAS DOHC Naturally Aspirated
or
3.0L 183Cu. In. V6 GAS DOHC Naturally Aspirated.

They apparently have different intake manifold gaskets.

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Re: 2006 500 SEL Ignition Coils

Post by Webmaster » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:55 pm

Your VIN should tell you which engine. But I believe there is only one 3.0L DOHC V6 engine that year.
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Re: 2006 500 SEL Ignition Coils

Post by NickSteel » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:40 pm

Sorry about all the questions.

Can you test the ignition coils with the intake manifold off?
Like, if I switch 1 (bad) and 2 to see if still reads bad with OBDII scanner with the manifold off.

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Re: 2006 500 SEL Ignition Coils

Post by Webmaster » Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:15 pm

Is cylinder #1 on the back side of the engine, making it hard to get at?
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Re: 2006 500 SEL Ignition Coils

Post by NickSteel » Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:32 pm

Yeah, very hard. You have to take off intake manifold and all the stuff attached to it. That's why they usually just replace all the coils and plugs due to labor cost.

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Re: 2006 500 SEL Ignition Coils

Post by Webmaster » Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:57 am

Ugh. On my 2000 Taurus I was able to loosen the intake without full removal to access the back. Same engine.

Can you reach the #1 coil since it's not the middle? Swap the coil with a front one.
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Re: 2006 500 SEL Ignition Coils

Post by NickSteel » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:37 am

Every video I've watched shows that the manifold has to be physically removed. Not a very good design, as it can cost a couple hundred to change a $4 spark plug on the back.

I think I'm just kinda screwed with this.

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