How to Remove an Ignition Coil on a 1986 Volkswagen Golf

The 1986 Volkswagen Golf was equipped with a single ignition coil. The coil amplifies electricity and routes that electrical signal to the distributor, which then sends the signal to each of the Golf's four spark plugs. The ignition coil is a fairly durable component, but replacement is eventually necessary as the power generated by the coil diminishes over time. Fortunately, removing the coil requires no major disassembly and takes only a few minutes.

Tools Used: Wrench, Masking tape

Remove Ignition Coil

Disconnect the negative battery cable with a wrench. The negative post on the battery should have a minus symbol (-) by it.

Pull the heavy-gauge distributor wire off the center of the top of the coil.

Wrap each of the coil's electrical wires separately with masking tape, then write down the position of each wire in relation to the coil on the pieces of tape.

Remove the coil's electrical wires. Note that the coil has two threaded rods on top of the coil. A single wire fits onto each threaded rod and is secured in place with a single nut. Remove both nuts with a wrench, then pull both wires off their respective threaded rods. The remaining coil wires slide onto metal clips. Pull the remaining wires off their electrical fittings.

Loosen the large clamp that wraps around the body of the coil with a wrench. A single bolt slides through both sides of the back of the clamp.

Lift the coil out of the clamp.

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