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Old 04-24-2006, 01:15 AM   #31
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Can someone explain how I am suppose to hook up and ground to test the coils? I'm really confused with the bently manual and from what the original poster said. Am I suppose to remove the coils and then connect the probes to 4 and 15? (outer two, with 1 being in the middle). It says I need to ground it to 2? Very confused and I need help asap. I need my car for today so im heading out to get a multimeter once cdn tire opens (9.99 on sale, motomaster).
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:10 PM   #32
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wow... back from the dead! talk about reviving an OLD thread

but its good, since I've been meaning to ask also:

how many ignition coils in M44 engine? and should I check mine too? I'll be replacing my plugs soon, is that a good time to test coils?
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:48 PM   #33
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In an e36, there is one ignition coil for each cylinder. I'm planning on replacing my plugs, so I should check the coils while I'm there...

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Old 04-24-2006, 11:08 PM   #34
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ok I figured it out. My stock plugs were at .8-.9 and sometimes jumped to 1+ (but it might have been b/c my prongs were moving around). my Bosch replacements are reading at 1.0 and its consistent, pretty solid on that figure. My bad coils were going around 2.5+ a lot higher.

Positive goes to 15, negative goes to 1 for those ppl who arent sure. And you test it while the car is off, and the coil unlpluged.
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Old 04-27-2006, 03:51 PM   #35
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my E36 320i does the samething, my car only does that on cold start when temperature hits the middle and the bogging/jerking is gone? why? if it's a coil problem shouldn't be worse when the car got warm up?

but sure i'll definitely check the them because this problem is very annoying...and btw thanks for the GREAT thread!!!

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Old 04-27-2006, 04:01 PM   #36
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ye me 93 318i has the same problem have barely anypower i know its the coils and have ordered them but i ordered the coils themselves should i replace the bottom connector piece aswell? or will the ignition coils itself suffice
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Old 04-27-2006, 04:08 PM   #37
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do i turn the car to "ignition" during the testing?

do i test the ignition coil harness connector or ignition coil itself? sorry i'm reading the manual but still got confused

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