coil? on 2002 Ford Escape

My 2002 Escape XLT has been running rough and stalling. Last night it stalled three times and the service engine soon light came on. I took it to my local parts dealer and tested it, the diag. said number 6 misfire detected. Does this mean my coil is bad? I changed my plugs 2 weeks ago to correct this problem and have seen no change so I do not believe it is the plugs......but will not rule them out! Any ideas?

by in Lorain, OH on December 20, 2008
4 answers
ANSWER by on December 22, 2008
If you know where cylinder 6 is located, try swapping that coil to another cylinder (just the part, don't rearrange the harness) and see if your misfire moves to the new cylinder. You'll know that coil is suspect. Also, if you just did your spark plugs, make sure the connector to the coil is securely connected. Did you replace the spark plug boots when you replaced the spark plugs? The boot from the coil to the plug should be replaced when the spark plugs are done. They get old, dry, and can crack when removed with the plugs. Consider changing the boots before changing any coils.
ANSWER by on December 30, 2008
i had same problems with my 2002 escape but it did have 163,000 miles on it i first replaced 2 coils and plugs ford dealership told me i shoulnt replace all 6 coils because they rarely go bad 15 days later another 1 went bad i figured they would cut me some slack on labor which buy the way is outragious there so i only replaced that one they charged the same labour for one coil as they did for 2 coils plus plugs so my advice to you is replace all coils if the bad ones are in the back the front ones are easy to replace just take off cover and your there 2 bolts back ones you have to remove upper intake gasket lot harder lolot more labor costs
ANSWER by on February 27, 2010
change the coil
ANSWER by on March 02, 2010
I had the same problem but on number 1 misfire. I had a shop look at and they replace a part and restart the code but a fw day after the code come by they look and drive to for five day. they start to look at the wire come out of the firewall near the computer and found a wire had put apart.
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