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post #21 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-31-2012, 04:34 PM
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Just got the car back from the Dealer - ignition coil #4 was bad, and they replaced the spark plug too while they were in there.

Thumbs up to David Chevrolet in Niagara Falls, NY. They were very nice to my wife!

Now I just need to learn how to track down a bad ignition coil when the next one fails out of warranty!
It is great to read about the Outlook being fixed and outstanding treatment of your wife. If you would like me to submit a dealership compliment please, let me know.

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post #22 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 11:56 AM
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On Friday the cutting out and jerkiness got worse and the check engine light came on. Hooked a code reader and it stated Misfire in Cylinders 2 and 3.
Took the outlook to the dealership and they need to replace the spark plugs and ignition coils in both cylinders. Also going ahead and replacing spark plugs in rest of the cylinders.
Quoted repair cost is $900. Apparently it is an electrical issue and not covered under the power train warranty.
$900 repair charge is something that I can not afford right now.

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This sounds like something that might be covered under the Powertrain Limited warranty. It might be worth your time to take the vehicle to the General Motors dealership you are comfortable to for diagnosis. Once diagnosis is done, they can provide you with the warranty coverage.

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post #23 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 01:32 PM
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Re: Sorta Transmission Jerkiness

For those of you that want to attempt replacing the spark plugs and ignition coils as a DYI:

http://www.traverseforum.com/index.php?topic=2656.0

AC Delco Ignition Coils (for 2009+ with Direct Injection) for $55 each:

http://www.amazon.com/ACDelco-D501C-...ype=automotive

Or preferably, the Airtex/Wells Ignition Coils for $60.79 each:

http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=1184217

For spark plugs, I'll be sourcing NGK Iridium'ss over the AC Delco's @ $7.40 each:

http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=1063106

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post #24 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-04-2012, 10:25 AM
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Re: Sorta Transmission Jerkiness

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On Friday the cutting out and jerkiness got worse and the check engine light came on. Hooked a code reader and it stated Misfire in Cylinders 2 and 3.
Took the outlook to the dealership and they need to replace the spark plugs and ignition coils in both cylinders. Also going ahead and replacing spark plugs in rest of the cylinders.
Quoted repair cost is $900. Apparently it is an electrical issue and not covered under the power train warranty.
$900 repair charge is something that I can not afford right now.

-Glen
FYI, my local GM dealership covered the coil & spark plug replacement under the power train warranty (2009, 37k at the time)... May want to consult with a different dealer?
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post #25 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-20-2012, 04:17 PM
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Re: Sorta Transmission Jerkiness

Having similar surging/jerking issues when climbing grades and accelerating without alot of power. I'm recently retired from the military and have driven my Outlook alot. Bought new in 2008 and have just reched 160,000 miles. I've had to replace the transmission already at around 100k and have replaced the plugs too. I try to do most repaires myself and have noticed much talk in the forum concerning coil packs going bad. Wondering if there is a DIY test for these? I did take it to a deaqler weeks ago and tried to duplicate the problem. Of course the car ran fine for him but started to stumble on one occasion. He said it didn't throw a code but thought he saw it the tester mention misfire on #3. The tech said #3 was the rear middle cylinder and it was probably a faulty coil or plug. Since the iridium plugs should still be good, I bought a new coil from the local auto parts place and replaced #3 middle rear....No fix. The problem seems to be getting worse. By the feedback on the forum, I guess I'm lucky to have driven so many miles without having to replace my coils. Being that I'm retired, I don't have alot of cash to throw at replacing all the coils hence the question on testing them myself. This is the only vehicle I have and any feedback and assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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post #26 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-20-2012, 11:19 PM
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Re: Sorta Transmission Jerkiness

I don't know how to do this, but I have heard that you can use an electrical tester somehow to test the coils. There is also a program that allows you to hook up a laptop and get realtime data and you should be able to see misfires.
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