In a word, yes, but you would definitely feel the lumpy running then, they will even run on 3, but then your asking for trouble.
To check the coil packs another way you can remove the front bank cover and with the engine running unplug the coil trigger lead and listen for a dip in the revs, then if those 3 are fine, swap them with the rear bank, so 4,5,6 are now fitted in 1,2,3 and 1,2,3 are now in 4,5,6, I think you get the idea, then run the engine again and unplug the front row again 1 at a time listening for thechange in pitch, as soon as the engine doesn't respond when you unplug one then you know it's that one that has failed, you can do this with the plugs too and really all 6 should be tested to prove that it's only one that's faulty, it is time consuming work and if I was in that deep I'd suggest replacing the plugs anyway.
Thank you, smaky. Thats what I'm working towards (swapping the coil packs around), The plugs are ngk r''s and were fitted a couple of months ago......
My mechanical knowledge, i can and would with out a second thought rebuild a car engine, weld the chassis, rebuild gearbox.... etc.... After owning various cars lancia delta 16v, cooper race spec mini, Saab 900 turbo, mr2....... the list goes on, I needed to know all this information.
I also know the the ht side of a coil is not to be messed with, as smaky said the LT side is 12v and at best would give a small tinkle.
This is my first Alfa and my first vee so all help is appreciated.
All posts are read and checked on the car. who ever posts them.
Once again, thank you for all your help. I just want my nice vee back.