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Is there a distributor - ignition control module on 1996 or newer Taurus - Sables?

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2009-12-27 07:16:35
2009-12-27 07:16:35
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Since 1996, engine ignition control has been handled by the Powertrain Control Module (PCM).

The PCM has direct control over the ignition coils / coilpack (or coil-on-plug on some engines) - so the need for a 'distributor' has gone away.

Coilpacks cost about $75

Sidebar: without a distributor, the engine timing is also totally handled by the PCM.

See "Related Questions" below for information about Ignition Control Modules on 1986-1995 Taurus/Sables.
On a 1996 Ford Taurus the ignition control module is part of the drivetrain control module. To change the ignition control module you have to change out the computer. It is located behind the motor on the passenger side of the engine compartment. Look for a screw holding in a wiring plug with a dozen or so wires. The drivetrain control module has a couple of nuts holding it in place and looks like a cdrom when removed. Good luck. John

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