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Old 10-08-2006, 06:00 PM   #1
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Would these pliers work good for the back 3 plug boots?

I have a fairly strong grip and I can't even pull the front ones.

If you have some that you've used that work good, please post them.
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put some gloves on so you dont get scared about messing up your hand...

grab em and pull like its your life... twist, wiggle anything... i really dont think you need a special tool for them

if they are on there that good, you are probaly not gonna be reusing them... so whats wrong with a pliers?
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the pliers are good for grabbing hot boots also
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... so whats wrong with a pliers?
You mean regular pliers with teeth in them? I'm trying to take a somewhat civilized approach to this. But yeah, those boots are on their REAL good.
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I had one on there so bad I was kneeling on the radiator support with both my hands wrapped around that little ****. After 1/2 hour of trying everything it finally tore off and the electrode was still stuck to the plug. I can't really see that tool being able to transfer that much force onto the boot.

Just wear some gloves so the manifold doesn't tear your hands up and you are good to go.
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If anything, I just use a set of needlenose plyers. If you squeeze hard enough on them, you can glide the wire down the taper on the plug. Of course, though, after you do this, your wire is trash, so only do it if you're replacing the wires.
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And it teaches you to always use dielectric grease when replacing boots. But I agree with the others, use gloves, and pliers and if you arent going to reuse the wires.
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I know this is probably off-topic, but I can't figure out how that could possibly make getting spark plugs out easier!
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I just did mine--what a pain!

What I finally did was to keep twisting the boot until it released from the porcelain. Use pliers, hands, whatever. Then I got really mad and just grabbed the wire itself with both hands and jerked to get the electrode clip off. (where did you guys say you got wires?) Fronts popped right off (intact, I think). The back boots on my 98 are metal covered and twisted loose more easily. Then I just did the wire jerk again.

Try to find someone really skinny to wrench the back plugs out, (and don't tell them right away how hard it is). I usually break one new back plug getting them in, and this time was no exception. The middle back one is the worst. I finally used a 3/8 breaker bar (that can angle back and forth) and plug socket (without extension) and managed to find some clearence to tighten it without breaking it again.
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This thread intrigues me as to why so many are having trouble pulling off the boots.

Is there a long interval occuring here?
Dielectric may help, but that should be on the contact...not the boot to porcelin area.
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