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Old 01-20-2013, 10:13 AM   #12
Unworthy1
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Location: Liberty City, TX
What I Drive: 2000 bumble-bee ZX3

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Originally Posted by jetrinka View Post
Is the car still using coolant?

If you can drive it 20 minutes without it overheating then the head and gasket are most likely intact luckily.

As far as testing the spark from the coil take the #4 spark plug wire out of its bore and using some insulated pliers, hold the end of it closely (but not touching) to a metal part of the engine (part of the block, a bolt head, etc. as long as its a good ground) and observe the spark as it arcs to the ground (if any spark is even there). It should be a bright blue color and make a loud snapping sound. If its an orange or yellow color, or no spark at all, and the plugs and wires are new, you likely have a bad coil. Zetec coils are known to crack. Perhaps some leaky coolant from that housing got on it and signed its death warrant.
The car does not appear to be using coolant, but I have not run it a whole lot either. It it is, it's very little. The inside under the hood was very moist when it overheated and it had been leaking for weeks prior. Very likely that coolant got all over that coil pack, though for the most part I was refilling with water.

I did put an engine sealant into the crankcase a couple days ago. That may have cured any leaking of the gaskets.

Now, I'm not a huge fan of electricity, so let me make sure I understand what you are telling me.

I'm assuming you are saying that with the car running, pull the #4 wire off the spark plug end and place close to a metal part of the engine while holding with insulated pliers. Is that correct?
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