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Old 07-29-2010, 08:55 PM   #1
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The little plastic connector to my coil pack ( not sure which cylinder, but the one closest to the turbo ) keeps coming loose cause the piece that holds it in place broke, and sometimes runs on 3 cylinders so i have to keep pushing it in from time to time... How can i fix or replace the connector? The wiring is all wrapped up and disappears under the manifold so im clueless on what to do... Also experiencing hesitation from 3-5k rpms when wot and sometimes on initial tip of acceleration, i think its cause the connector? Anybody have a similar issue and resolution?
I have a stage 2 wrx ( utec ) if that helps any...
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:35 PM   #2
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Zip-tie it. I've had to do this myself.
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:37 PM   #3
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Well I would say just buy a new one. But I checked autozone and theyre like 100 bucks.. So depending on if you wanted to go with OEM from the dealer or autozone, or somehwere online, youre looking at at least 100 bucks. If you cant get one right now, use like maybe a zip tie to wrap around it to hold it in place till you can get a new one. Call subaru superstore tomorrow and see what you can get for one with your nasioc discount.
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:42 PM   #4
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How exactly did you zip tie it? Pic would help if possible... Its been a problem for about a year, i think that was the first thing i tried but was not able to get a good grip... You never had any heat issues with the plastic zip ties? Or did you use a ss one?
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:48 PM   #5
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@wrx 357 are you referring to the coil pack itself for 100? My coil pack is fine, its just the connector piece that plugs into the coil pack that keeps coming loose and the wiring is all wrapped up so it seems like it would be a real pita and need professional installation to change out the wiring and connector piece...
Sorry if im using incorrect terminolgy, plastic connector is the best description i could come up with.
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:54 PM   #6
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Oohhhhh, I thought the pack was jacked. If its the main wire then you could like splice one off a good harness, cut yours off and then properly connect the good one it to the wire.. But I dont know if that will mess with voltage and stuff. But until then, I would zip tie it. I have a 500 pack zip tie assortment that I got from wal mart if you need one lol.
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Old 07-29-2010, 10:24 PM   #7
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lol thanks man... i would jump on the offer if i didnt have some laying around myself... im gonna try messin with it, see if i can get a zip tie or something to clamp it in tightly. the hesitation issues are starting to bother me ( i know 110 degree weather aint helping much ) and i wanna get to the bottom of my issue and this is where i gotta start. next is grounding mod, and gonna replace all the vac hosses with some sturdier silicone ones.
I just wanna be able to lay on the throttle without my check engine flickering anytime its wot ( utec knock sensor )
Its like having a hot girlfriend but you cant f$%^ her... kissing and dry humping can only go so far lol
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:47 AM   #8
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Yea man. My car used to drive great when I lived in Washington, but she dont like the heat too much.. I never had any cel's except when I changed my exhaust and now I get em all the time. I just did the ground mod too. I also have a buncha red shielded ground wire left over if you wants it.
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:46 PM   #9
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what gauge and how much you got left? i was gonna buy one of those 7 wire 8 gauge kits on ebay for like 25 with shipping. But i read that most people solved or helped their issue with only 1-3 grounding points.
How many did you do? feel smoother or more responsive?
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:38 PM   #10
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Ive got like 6ft of 6 guage left over. I didnt really notice any improvement. I do though have a "evap leak" cel and what Im being told is a vacuum leak to issue, so I think I gotta tend to those to see if it did or didnt help. I did 2 grounding points as per the scoobymod thread.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:38 PM   #11
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JB Qwik. Seriously. The plug for the cold start injector on my mark III supra used to come off and jb qwik did the deed
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Old 07-31-2010, 01:00 AM   #12
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@wrx357 did you have any hesitation issues prior to the ground mod?

@arghx7 thanks ill look into that, or i was thinkin if using high-temp silicone...

I ghetto rigged it in the mean time, i found some little piece of aluminum, not sure whats its used for but i bent it into a clamp and seems to be holding on even after goin 90 on the freeway goin to my buddies lol...

I looked closer and realized the piece the broke is actually on the coil pack where the connector clips on, somehow i have to give another 03 wrx the okie doke and swap coil packs without him knowing lol
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If you want a Coil plug just send me a PM I still have 1 with one foot cable. $20.00
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Yuppers... surreee did... Still have it too. But Im connecting it all to:
1. I only had one section grounded.
B. I have that vacuum leak issue
III. I have the cel for the leaky evap system..

Im gonna hopefully get the gasket for the fuel pump tomorrow since I work around salazar subaru.. Hopefully the parts dept is open and have one in stock.
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Old 07-31-2010, 04:58 AM   #15
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whats "that" vacuum leak issue? cause i think i might have one but have not been able to find any noticeable evidence... but my buddy that owns a import tuner shop says i might have one with the symptoms im experiencing.
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http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2030326

Only one person responded, but its a start.
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:10 AM   #18
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The little plastic connector to my coil pack ( not sure which cylinder, but the one closest to the turbo ) keeps coming loose cause the piece that holds it in place broke, and sometimes runs on 3 cylinders so i have to keep pushing it in from time to time... How can i fix or replace the connector? The wiring is all wrapped up and disappears under the manifold so im clueless on what to do... Also experiencing hesitation from 3-5k rpms when wot and sometimes on initial tip of acceleration, i think its cause the connector? Anybody have a similar issue and resolution?
I have a stage 2 wrx ( utec ) if that helps any...
put it on, put a dab of RTV on it, go inside and wait a few hours.......enjoy.
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:08 AM   #19
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JB weld it in place, and hope to god you never have to replace that coil pack.

From experience, replacing just the connector would be a real hassle due to what it is connected to (the harness, not that coil pack). But, if you don't mind undoing a few sensors, and have some skills either with a small pick, or can find a car that's been wrecked that has a harness being parted out, you can probably put a new connector on pretty easily. personally, I'd just replace the connector.
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I know this thread is old but I was wonder if you ever got the clip issue fixed? I'm having the same issue and was hoping you could share what you did to fix it.
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I epoxy+ black temp rated zip tie when my stupid mother****er white clip lost its clasp. No more worries.
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thanks I'll try that
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:10 AM   #23
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I'm in the same boat as slice913 so to speak. I'm getting a misfire issue, and I'm wondering if a loose connection is causing it.

The fastening "clip" on the connector to one of the coil packs broke off. You guys are suggesting epoxy?

What about hi temp silicone?

But then, what happens when I have to change my spark plugs in the future?

Is it even possible to remove the connector plastic?
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:44 AM   #24
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I just ziptied mine on, that was 2 years ago or so and it has held strong...
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:39 AM   #25
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+1 ziptie. Mine's holding fine.
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