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Old 06-15-2009, 10:51 AM   #1
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Default Ignition control module problem

I'm about to replace my 4th module in two years. I have used the heat proof grease and they still continue to fry. Never over the winter only the summer. Any one who has an answer to my problem I will pray over your mustang every day for a long and prosperous life! The easy answer would be to drive only in the winter lol.
How stupid was Ford for mounting the dang thing on the distributor in the first place.
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Old 06-15-2009, 04:35 PM   #2
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didn't th 89's move them to the front of the engine compartment? be interesting to see how they did that.
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Old 06-15-2009, 05:15 PM   #3
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didn't the 89's move them to the front of the engine compartment? be interesting to see how they did that.
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:22 PM   #4
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I'm about to replace my 4th module in two years. I have used the heat proof grease and they still continue to fry. Never over the winter only the summer. Any one who has an answer to my problem I will pray over your mustang every day for a long and prosperous life! The easy answer would be to drive only in the winter lol.
How stupid was Ford for mounting the dang thing on the distributor in the first place.


What brand are you buying? I had an aftermarket one(Wells from Autozone) go out on me. I replaced it with a Ford part & never had a problem since.
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Old 06-15-2009, 08:47 PM   #5
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Could be the brand. Go OEM to play safe. thats what I would do.

They did move them to the fender. In 94 not 89. Ill take a picture of mine. Its essentially just mounted to the fender on a heat sink. I don't believe there are the 3 connectors for the PIP sensor, They 3 additional wires
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:17 AM   #6
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I'd like to see the pic in large size please,maybe there's a way I could make it work.Would your 94 distributor fit in my 88 5.0?
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I was told to change them as a unit, pick-up coil and the TFI?? on the side of the dist. Reason given was a bad pick-up coil may work but can take out the TFI. Never heard of a TFI taking out the coil. Last 1 I changed looked like it was falling apart in layers??? Just a suggestion but then again I buy 90 day warrantied used complete dist. for $20. at the local pick-a-part so it is also the easy button.
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I'd like to see the pic in large size please,maybe there's a way I could make it work.Would your 94 distributor fit in my 88 5.0?
Ill get you a picture.

Will it fit in the block yes. But there is extra wiring that it has compared to the 86-93.
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http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...remote_tfi.htm

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http://www.ford-forums.com/engine-dr...tml#post113836
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And here's a troubleshooting tip:
http://www.niehoff.com/techtips/ford.html
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I have used the heat proof grease and they still continue to fry.
FYI. I't not really heat proof. It's actually used as a conductor that allows heat to be transfered out of the module. Since most of the heat damage done to the module is generated by the module itself, the paste acts to allow the heat to be tranfered(although not very efficiently) into the distributer bowl.

Also, I don't use the grease that comes with the module. I use heat sink compound from radio Shack. It is specially designed for this purpose. I don't know for sure what they put in those little packages so I get my own stuff.
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FYI. I't not really heat proof. It's actually used as a conductor that allows heat to be transfered out of the module. Since most of the heat damage done to the module is generated by the module itself, the paste acts to allow the heat to be tranfered(although not very efficiently) into the distributer bowl.

Also, I don't use the grease that comes with the module. I use heat sink compound from radio Shack. It is specially designed for this purpose. I don't know for sure what they put in those little packages so I get my own stuff.
Good catch. I knew what he meant so I kept reading. We should have clarified for others
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Old 06-18-2009, 12:55 PM   #13
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Default igniton control module

[quote=Whtstang]What brand are you buying? I had an aftermarket one(Wells from Autozone) go out on me. I replaced it with a Ford part & never had a problem since.

ordered an accell from summit, putting it on tonight...hope it works.
will let every one know.
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It should work. I have never heard anything bad about the Accell piece. I would still check the PIP components inside the distributor bowl. At least look it over for burned or shorted wiring &/or connections. Also check the vane cup for anything unusual. Good Luck.
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Accel makes a distributor module for both manual and automatic 5.0 mustangs. Different part numbers. Suppose work better with high-output ignition coils and provide more coil saturation time for a bigger spark than the stock one. At least, that's what it advertises.
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