Mercedes-Benz ML320 Ignition Coil Replacement Cost

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Ignition Coil Replacement
The average cost for a Mercedes-Benz ML320 ignition coil replacement is between $787 and $808. Labor costs are estimated between $79 and $100 while parts are priced at $708. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: The cost of this service or repair can vary by location, your vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Related repairs may also be needed. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs might be right for you.
Ignition Coil Replacement

What is an ignition coil?

Ignition coils send high-voltage electricity to the spark plugs, which is necessary to start the engine. Most cars made in the past three decades have one ignition coil, or coil pack, per cylinder. 

How does the ignition coil work?

There are two sets of windings inside each ignition coil. The primary windings have hundreds of turns of heavy wire, while the secondary side contains thousands of turns of fine wire. 

Power supplied by the battery flows through the primary windings. When your car’s computer decides it’s time to fire that cylinder’s spark plug (or plugs), it cuts the current to the primary windings, causing the energy in them to collapse into the secondary windings. This multiplies the voltage, which is then sent to the spark plug in order to make it fire.

What are the symptoms related to a bad ignition coil?

A failing ignition coil can create several symptoms:

  • Check engine light comes on
  • Engine runs poorly or stall
  • Increased emissions
  • Reduced fuel economy
  • Car won’t start

If the coil is failing, you may hear arcing from under the hood, which sounds like a rubber band snapping. The ignition coil may look burned or white where the terminal connects to the insulated wire.

Can I drive with an ignition coil problem?

If the ignition coil goes bad, the car won't be much fun to drive — it might stall, and will definitely run poorly. Also, the amount of unburned fuel going into the catalytic converter could cause it to fail, adding an expensive repair to your bill. With severe ignition problems, the vehicle should be towed to a repair facility.

How often do ignition coils need to be replaced?

Some carmakers recommend replacing the ignition coils at scheduled intervals; this schedule should be followed to reduce the likelihood of failure.

Some coils will last the lifetime of the vehicle, and other may only last 5,000 miles. Most will make it 60,000 miles or more.

 

Ignition Coil Replacement Cost Estimates

The average cost for an Ignition Coil Replacement is between $787 and $808 but can vary from car to car.