But a while back, the coil pack, packed up (pun intended) and I was left with the choice of either paying R3100 for a genuine GM Opel part or R700 for a (Beru) pirate part. Since R3100 is a lot of money, I bought the pirate part (yes, I know all about the quality of pirate parts) and all was smooth for about 2 weeks until the trouble started again. My car had power in only three cylinders, not spark went the the 1st. I tested the cable leading from the coil pack the 1st plug on another spark plug and it is in working order.
Also, it isn't the spark plug as no spark is created when the cable is removed while the car is running.
Luckily my father in law knew the guys at GM Edenvale and I obtained a genuine (although 2nd hand) coil pack for R500. I installed it and all worked well....for also about 2 weeks. Times are not precise, but close.
Again now spark was sent to the 1st cylinder.
Now I am left wondering, I know I am unlucky but 1 parts where nr 1 fails on both? Is there perhaps some other problem that kills the coil pack?
I know I should prolly take the car to an auto electrition but before I spend the money, I was wondering if you guys might know something that I (who knows nothing about cars) wouldn't know. Or am I just that unlucky to have bought two broken packs?? Is it perhaps something inherent in the coil pack design that if it fails, the 1st plug fails?
Coil Pack (yeah, yeah, I should clean my engine more often...)
Edited by VirtualForce, 11 August 2010 - 08:41 AM.