I believe you can test a pickup coil with a ohm meter. I don't have a manual in front of me but somebody should be able to tell you exactly how to test it and the ohm range for a good coil. I'd check it before replacing it unless this is the last straw.
Good to see you around. I remember buying a Fiero from you a couple years or so ago.
[This message has been edited by Tigger (edited 03-23-2004).]