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I need to figure out wheter the coil packs on my 96 Kia Sportage are operational. Is there any way to test them on a bench top with a meter, or something ? I don't want to have to buy 2 new packs at $70 each just to discover that ain't my problem.

Thanks for any help!

PS : I was going to sell the car, but have decided to check a few things out first.

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A quick and dirty way to test is to disconnect the wire from the plug, stick a screwdriver in the boot, lay it on the valve cover and try to crank the engine. You should have a strong spark that will jump 1/2 inch or so.
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A quick and dirty way to test is to disconnect the wire from the plug, stick a screwdriver in the boot, lay it on the valve cover and try to crank the engine. You should have a strong spark that will jump 1/2 inch or so.
Of course! I was getting hung up on the fact that 2 of the leads are integrated into coil packs themselves, but I can see now that I can just pull the packs out, but leave them connected to the system for test purposes. Thanks.

Anyone know off the top of their heads what the spark plug gap is suppose to be on this 1996 ?

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Anyone know off the top of their heads what the spark plug gap is suppose to be on this 1996 ?
It should be 0.75mm (0.03") and the standard NGK's work best - they have the correct internal resistance specifically suited for the one coil firing two plugs arrangement.

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It should be 0.75mm (0.03") and the standard NGK's work best - they have the correct internal resistance specifically suited for the one coil firing two plugs arrangement.

I have BKR6EGP (Platinum) in there now, I found this chart that says they should be .044". They're due for replacement.

Looking at the chart (link) which do you think are the best choice ?

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There's many lists that incorrectly specify a gap of 0.44"

My personal choice would be these:

NGK Traditional spark plug 2756 BKR6E-11 .044" [.03"] DOHC
(Original Equipment Manufacturer, and/or Original Equipment Service Part) $2.24

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if you omit the -11 from the part number, they come gapped pretty close to optimal, at 0.030". the -11 is 1.1mm gap, or 0.044"

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I pulled the packs out, put the plugs in them, laid them on the valve cover and turned the engine over. They all seem to spark, but they seem somewhat weak to me, but at least they're working.

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Coil primary resistance should = 0.55-0.60 OHMS
COIL secondary resistance = 13-15 K ohms
you can test both with a MULTIMETER SET on OHMS
USE www.kiatechinfo.com
this website has a ton of stuff..you have to register..its free, then log on..go under SHOP>ENGINE>electrical>ignition system>coils
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