Why does my ignition coil keep burning out?

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asked Feb 23 in Repairs/Maintenance by XincaiMao (590 points)
Why does my ignition coil keep burning out?

I have a 1993 Chevy Silverado 1500 truck with the Chevy 350 engine and it has the single ignition coil.

I have replaced the ignition coil with a new one about 4 times now and the ignition coils keep failing and burning out after about 2 months.

I keep a spare ignition coil with me to replace it when it goes bad and yesterday I took the truck into town 11 miles and it ran fine to get some groceries.

Then after I came out and got ready to leave the grocery store the truck started and then died and would not start again until I put a new ignition coil on it.

The truck ran fine all the way back and so far is still running fine.

What could cause the ignition coils to fail so quickly?

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answered Feb 23 by 2bidgdade (950 points)
When your ignition coil keeps burning out the cause is usually a bad ignition coil wire.

The wire that is on the middle part of your distributor cap and attaches to your ignition coil which is called the ignition coil wire is almost always the cause of premature ignition coil failure.

When your ignition coil spark wire is bad it causes the ignition coil to get too resistance which then heats the ignition coil up and burns out the primary and secondary windings in the ignition coil.

So if you have not replaced the ignition coil wire and spark plug wires then you should do so as that is what is likely causing your ignition coils to fail so quickly.

An ignition coil should last longer than a few months and you should get at least 10,000 to 30,000 miles or even 2 to 3 years out of an ignition coil.

I had this same problem with my 1992 Chevy Blazer which has the same engine and ignition coil and someone told me that I should change the spark plug wires and ignition coil wire and it should fix it.

I changed the spark plug wires and ignition coil wire out and my ignition coil no longer failed.

Bad spark plugs can also cause the ignition coil to fail so if you have not replaced the spark plugs in at least 50,000 miles then it would be a good idea to also replace those spark plugs.

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