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Old 09-04-2007, 02:36 PM   #1
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Well... I got the front 3 in and am having an awful hard time getting the boots off the rear 3. I don't think it will be a problem getting the plugs in and out.... but getting the boots off is another story. I can reach them, that'* not the problem.. The problem is, I have no idea how to pull any harder to get the boots off. Any help would sure be appreciated.

P.*. I just did brakes all around...wow what a difference, I feel much more confident driving the bonne around...
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Are you doing the wires at the same time? If yours have a good amount of miles on them there is a chance you'll damage the wires getting them off anyways, especially if the boots weren't lubed with dielectric grease last time they were put on. It helps alot if you twist the boots first to break them free from the plug before pulling off. It just takes a bit of pulling, they make special tools to remove plug wires but i doubt you could get one of those back there anyways, so just grasp the boot firmly, twist and then pull.
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twist & pull & positive thoughts will get er done!
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A few well chosen words can also help a bit. If they are the original plugs and wires, you will have heck of a time getting them off. It'* almost like GM glued them on. Push the metal shields in as far as you can to give you a bit more to grab. Some have removed the rear lift bracket to give themselves more room to work. Believe it or not - they will eventually come off. As has been suggested - new wires would be a good idea.
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I used a combination of a long straight screw driver and a vise grip for leverage and got them off after almost breaking both my wrists in the process! Good luck......if I were you I'd have an extra set of wires ready in case you tear one or two of those rear ones getting them off. Archon is right, they must weld those ones on at the factory or something!
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I am replacing the wires also... and the plugs don't seem to be all that old, nor do the wires. I bought the car back in April, so I am not sure how long the wires or plugs have been there. The bracket on the back could be taken off only if i wanted to go the screwdriver and vice grip method, but that seems like a pain and a lot of little vacuum things i would rather not mess with. I am going to have a buddy help me out and maybe we can get them out. If not, the vice grip method will have to suffice

It'* really not a bad design because I can reach all the rear wires, there'* just no room to muscle anything back there...It'* all fore arm strength and no way to get any power from the rest of your body like you could on anything else. Seems to run a little smoother and have a little more power eventhough only the front plugs and wires are in. Surprising though, because the old wires and plugs don't look to be too old.

BTW... acdelco irridiums are going in...
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Personally and this isn't the typical. However if the wires are that bad. Whack each with a hammer. One decent tap should break the plug off . Then you still have the rest of the plug to pull out with your socket and you have saved some of your fighting skills for another time.
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I would use caution when tugging on the back wires. I cut my knuckles on a random firewall object sending me to the e.r. to stitch up my hand. It was on my 96 olds 98 w/ 3800 I put over 200k on it w/o any front suspension issues, but oh the water leaks front window and top of the door seals.
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Thanks for the heads up... the hammer method I will try if I don't get them off in the first 10 mins of my next attempt.
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good luck.

it took me a week of off-and-on effort and i bruised about half of my forearm quite badly before i got my back 3 off.
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