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Subaru Tribeca Ignition Coil Replacement Cost

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Ignition Coil Replacement
The average cost for a Subaru Tribeca ignition coil replacement is between $1030 and $1251. Labor costs are estimated between $140 and $178 while parts are priced between $890 and $1073. 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.

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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.

 

How are ignition coil issues diagnosed?

For vehicles that use one coil per spark plug: If the engine misfire is only on one cylinder, the components for only that cylinder should be examined. If the coil is suspected, it will be tested and, if faulty, will be replaced.

For older cars, with distributors: One coil will fire multiple spark plugs. If all these plugs are failing, the ignition coil will be suspected and tested.

Ignition Coil Replacement Cost Estimates

The average cost for an Ignition Coil Replacement is between $1030 and $1251 but can vary from car to car.

RepairPal recommendations for ignition coil issues

Proper testing is key — spark plugs, spark plug wires and other components can cause similar symptoms.

Some ignition coils are better than others at generating high-voltage electricity for the spark plugs. Purchasing ignition parts that are built to OEM standards or better is recommended. Using inferior parts may lead to a repeated repair.

Can I replace the ignition coil myself?

Replacing an ignition coil is usually an easy task, and can be done safely by almost anyone as long as precautions are taken against electric shock. In most vehicles, the ignition coil or ignition coils are accessible, and replacing the coil should only take minutes.

In some cases, especially for vehicles with individual coil packs installed on each cylinder, removing the rear coil packs may be difficult. In these scenarios, the engine mounts may even have to be removed to create access. In these cases, we recommend having a professional mechanic do the repair.