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Volkswagen EuroVan: 1992-2003 (T4) Removing ignition coils


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Last Post: Jul 9, 2013 7:54 AM Last Post By: Thomas Williams
v-tew

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Removing ignition coils
Posted: Mar 30, 2013 6:05 PM
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I want to replace my spark plugs.

Is there any trick to getting the ignition coils off the plugs, or do you just pull them off?

Any other tips?

Thanks.
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Tim
2002 Eurovan Westfalia Weekender
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Re: Removing ignition coils
Posted: Mar 30, 2013 6:14 PM   in response to: v-tew in response to: v-tew
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You must mean the ignition wires off the plugs? You dont say what car....
v-tew

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Re: Removing ignition coils
Posted: Mar 30, 2013 6:17 PM   in response to: Indian in response to: Indian
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Yes, the ignition wires off the plugs.

2002 Eurovan Westfalia Weekender.

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Tim
lg

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Re: Removing ignition coils
Posted: Mar 30, 2013 6:21 PM   in response to: v-tew in response to: v-tew
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Get the special tool. It' a beautiful thing to have if you will keep the van for awhile. Several sources out there, including Samstag and even the special division of snap-on for german tools.
Indian

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Re: Removing ignition coils
Posted: Mar 30, 2013 6:26 PM   in response to: lg in response to: lg
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Attachment tool1.jpg (20.1 KB)
You must use a tool to avoid damaging the wire.
v-tew

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Re: Removing ignition coils
Posted: Mar 30, 2013 6:40 PM   in response to: lg in response to: lg
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Will do. Thanks.
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Tim
v-tew

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Re: Removing ignition coils
Posted: Mar 30, 2013 7:41 PM   in response to: v-tew in response to: v-tew
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My engine is the 2.8L V6 (AXK). Attached is a picture of the plugs/coils. One has the wire disconnected.

The special tool is used to pull these coils off the plugs?
lg

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Re: Removing ignition coils
Posted: Mar 30, 2013 9:38 PM   in response to: v-tew in response to: v-tew
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Yes indeed. We have the same engine/chassis but w/winnebago coachwork.
carlh

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Re: Removing ignition coils
Posted: Mar 30, 2013 10:03 PM   in response to: v-tew in response to: v-tew
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I have a 2001 and 2003, both with coilpacks at each plug. No special tool is required. I rotate the coilpack slighlty to break the o-ring seal, then gently, but firmly, pull up on the coilpack to remove it.
I also blow compressed air around the sparkplug before its removal to get rid of any loose dirt that might fall in when the plug is removed. I also lube the coilpack o-ring with silicone lube, so that the next removal is easier.

IIRC, it helps to move the radiator forward (to the service position) to remove the front three plugs.
swim4au

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Re: Removing ignition coils
Posted: Mar 30, 2013 10:12 PM   in response to: v-tew in response to: v-tew
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No special tool is required. Get two wire ties, make one loop around each end of the coil and lift straight up. The coil lifts off the spark plug.

Bob W
2001 Weekender with 168,000 miles
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Re: Removing ignition coils
Posted: Mar 31, 2013 6:37 AM   in response to: swim4au in response to: swim4au
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This post shows how important it is to give details of the car. I was thinking VR6 with the motorcode AES and thought why else would some ask for help.
v-tew

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Re: Removing ignition coils
Posted: Mar 31, 2013 11:28 AM   in response to: Indian in response to: Indian
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... why else would some ask for help..
Because I ask for help for even the easiest tasks. ;-)

For my skill level, the Bentley manual is only useful for the pictures. The processes don't have enough detail and only seem to raise more question. So I ask you guys ;-)

Thanks, All.
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Tim

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v-tew

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Re: Removing ignition coils
Posted: Mar 31, 2013 11:46 PM   in response to: v-tew in response to: v-tew
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The spark plugs are done. Knock on wood.

I disconnected the coils (I still have problems figuring out those kinds of connectors.) Twisted the coils back and forth to loosen them. Then pulled them out using two zip ties looped and hooked on either side of the coil.

To take out the plugs, I used a 12" rachet extension with a magnetic socket duct taped on. I was worried about losing the socket or the plug in the hole.

Found in the Bentley how to tip the radiator back (remove four bolts and bungee it back) so that I could get to the front 3 plugs.

Once the first one was done, the rest were cake.

Thanks for the help.
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Tim
TomB

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Re: Removing ignition coils
Posted: Apr 1, 2013 4:36 PM   in response to: v-tew in response to: v-tew
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VW does make a special coil-puller tool for the 2001-03 EV VR6, and it can help prevent damage if they are really stuck, but as noted you can normally remove the coils without it. It is important to pull straight out and not "bend" the long plug connection.
They also have a "pivoting" socket on an extension that does a really good job on the plugs - but again you can use a normal socket and extension.
v-tew

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Re: Removing ignition coils
Posted: Apr 1, 2013 10:14 PM   in response to: TomB in response to: TomB
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Thanks, TomB.

Yea, I was suprised how long coil-to-plug connector was. Certainly made sense to tilt the radiator back so you could get the front three out without bending them.

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Tim
Thomas Williams

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Re: Removing ignition coils
Posted: Jul 9, 2013 3:38 AM   in response to: v-tew in response to: v-tew
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I have tried before to do it myself pulling the coil with a special tool, I ended up damaging my car. I had to get a proper mechanic to replace not only the spark plugs, but also other auto parts that he managed to check (although the damage were not connected, but I am glad that I did have it checked). It is still best to have your car checked by a proper mechanic.

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