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Old 09-05-2007, 04:20 PM   #11
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I need to remember to wear long sleeves. Every time i do it my forearm look like i fought a cat. Blood and grease mix well though so go at it.
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I would use some compressed air to blow off any porcelain shards if you use the hammer method. I think that would work well, I'm just wondering if its possible to get some of the insulator to break off into the cylinder? I tend to over think things sometimes though.
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You might also try lying down on the engine. This will give you a little more arm down in front of the firewall where you need it. Make sure you use silicone grease on the new boots.
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I would use some compressed air to blow off any porcelain shards if you use the hammer method. I think that would work well, I'm just wondering if its possible to get some of the insulator to break off into the cylinder? I tend to over think things sometimes though.
I don't know how they did it but a guy i know lost a piece of sparkplug in a corsica and it pretty much put the car out of commission until they could take it apart and retrieve the piece. I would resort to that hammer method as an absolute LAST resort.
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I think my left forearm is still bruised from when I replaced my plugs back in July. Like Haro said just keep at it and they will come off.
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I don't know how they did it but a guy i know lost a piece of sparkplug in a corsica and it pretty much put the car out of commission until they could take it apart and retrieve the piece. I would resort to that hammer method as an absolute LAST resort.
The remainder of the plug would still be in the head, blocking the plug hole.
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I don't know how they did it but a guy i know lost a piece of sparkplug in a corsica and it pretty much put the car out of commission until they could take it apart and retrieve the piece. I would resort to that hammer method as an absolute LAST resort.
The remainder of the plug would still be in the head, blocking the plug hole.
Although remote, there is a small chance that the center electrode (or part of it) could drop into the cylinder. I have not ever had this happen, but it'* glass, and sometimes glass breaks funny. It could break parallel to the electrode, leaving a loose piece it a bad spot.

Again, I haven't ever had it happen, but I always check when i take them out.
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Being that I gave it as a last resort.. I followed up and broke 6 at the mechanics shop on an old engine. It appears pretty safe and in a position of not being able to get to them and get them out..it'* a glimmer of light..

Yes..there is a chance..that one could have some other internal issue when breaking it..and that piece could get past the ground tab and go into the cylinder.
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