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Hi all,
I know this is for foci but you've helped me before and I thought I'd see if you can again :eek:

I replaced the ignition coil on a 98 windstar and now it won't start.


I plugged in the scanner and the code: err1 comes up after what seems a LONG time.

I checked the pig tail, and it looks good. I reconnected the old coil and the same thing happens.

The only things I disconnected are: neg battery terminal, pigtail, interference reg on coil.

any help would be MOST appreciated!

thanks!
 

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Does the started turn-over and the engine not fire, does it click when you try to start it, do you get power to the radio and other stuff?

Wha exactly does it do when you turn the key and try to start it?

More detail is needed to help.

As a start... some vehicles have a smaller wire connected to the battery in addition to the large power cable for the starter current. Sometimes when people disconnect the battery this wire doesn't get reconnected. So double check the area to be sure everything got reconnected correctly and that there isn't a loose wire hanging around.
 

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Thanks,

it turns over but cranks all day and nothing...
I'm going to go check the spark plugs right now to see if I'm getting spark

everything works; radio, lights, wipers doors etc.

also I didn't hear the fuel pump, so I swapped fuses and still nothing

any ideas?
 

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Test the coil pack as recommended in the manual. It might be the coil or it might be something else.

For example, I thought we had a bad coil in the work van, but then it tested within range. I popped the distributor cap off, and the rotor button was FUBAR.
 

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OH nevermind, you got another coil already. You should probably test the coil plug for voltage. You should get voltage to ground on one terminal in that connector. If not, start searching out the fuses. There should be an ignition fuse either under the hood or under the dash.
 

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thanks

I'll check the pigtail/harness on the coil

I swapped coils back and it's still doing the same thing. I'd bet it's something in the harness
 
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