Wednesday, August 6, 2014

More Coil Pack Problems

269 miles after coil pack #4 went bad, #2 went out.  Or at least that's what I'm hoping. I had the other three replaced, since labor to diagnose the bank is more than the parts. If the problem continues, it might be more serious, but when the coil packs are replaced, it does fix the problem.

So this 60,000 mile service has so far cost me $855.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

60,000 Miles

The 60,000 mile service is much like the 40K, but without brakes and tires. I went with parts from ECS Tuning again. That included oil and oil filter (and drain plug), spark plugs, engine air filter, cabin air filter, windshield wipers (not shown) and the fuel filter. The fuel filter is one of those every 20K mile things that's not listed, but recommended by enthusiasts. It's not cheap either as it costs $50 in labor of the $200 I spent.

Parts came out to around $160 plus shipping (another $40). With the $200 in labor, it came out to a $400 service.

Everything went fine. At first. Three days and 80 miles later I was getting on the freeway when the car starting sputtering with reduced power. The EPC light and Check Engine lights went on and the engine seemed to be missing on a cylinder. I took it back to the same shop, thinking something might not be attached properly.

The problem turned out to be a bad ignition coil (or coil pack, as I've heard it called). These $50 parts would seem like a service item, based on the number of people that have them go bad. It's also not uncommon, according to the forums, to have them go bad right after a service. So add another $155 to the service, I guess. It's still way cheaper than the dealer.