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 05-25-2000, 11:28 Post: 16637
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Off topic, need help. I rounded the shoulders off a spark plug in my 2.8 liter Ford V6. The plug sits in a recessed pocket so vise grips or pipe wrench won't help. any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, Dave






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 05-25-2000, 14:32 Post: 16642
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I assume you were using a multi sided deep socket that was the wrong size and that rounded the plug. If so it may be as simple as using a Spark Plug Socket which is exactly the match for the sides of your plug. If you were using this already, well ah Ummmh good luck. I have always wondered what someone would do on some of the Hondas I have had where the plugs are down a hole thru the overhead valve cover about 10" deep in a hole 1 1/4 wide. Fortunate for me mine always threaded properly. Oh well maybe your plug is one of those platinum plugs that last darn near forever, perhaps the case on the plug in question, or maybe you should just think of it as platinum.!






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 05-25-2000, 16:29 Post: 16643
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It would be my quess that you used a twelve point socket. Go to Lowes or Sears and get you a six point deep well socket of the size you need. If you used a twelve and it rounded the corners off, the six point will more than likely work. JerryG






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 05-25-2000, 18:21 Post: 16644
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Jerry and BabyFarmer. Thanks for responding. Yes I started with a twelve point socket by mistake. When I went to the 6 pt. the damage was done including breaking off the porcelain. Do you suppose I could drill into the remains of the plug and use an easy out, I have never used one so any advice is appreciated. Thanks, Dave






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 05-25-2000, 20:31 Post: 16650
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Dave, something I have done on quite a few occassions but not for a spark plug yet is to get a metric deep well socket that closely matches but is slightly smaller than the right size SAE spark plug socket. Get a hammer and tap it rather sharply and hopefully it will grip enough to be able to back it out with your ratchet. Worth a try! Good luck! STEVE






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 05-25-2000, 20:56 Post: 16653
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Dave, I have to ask were you using air tools to remove the plugs or an electric power driver when you ripped up that plug? I have to tell you that any kind of power tools are not the way to go on spark plug work or any quality engine work, or anything you care about! So are you saying that when you put a quality spark plug wrench with six sides that exactly matches the replacement plugs and any of the plugs you have successfully removed that this nice quality wrench just spins around like it was rotating on a tube??? Oh boy! Please tell me you are still using some piece of junk wrench you bought at Kmart! Guess not! The bad news is that if you were only using quality hand tools it sounds like that plug is really frozen in that socket. If you start using a drill on it keep in mind that you are drilling into a Spark Plug that is plugged into the combustion chamber of you engine. All the crap you drill will be dropping on top of your piston should you break through and you will because the center of the spark plug is metal surrounded by ceramic all the way thru, its going to break up as soon as you start wacking it with that drill and the easy out is going to drop metal filings into the head as well as some portions of the center electrode. Dropping metal and stuff into your engine is a bad thing. I think if this is a vehicle of some value I would want to be having someone who has performed this surgery successfully many times perform the operation. Just wondering did you drop some lubricaant in the whole like WD40 that might ease things a bit. Be careful around egines with WD40 they used to use propane as the propellant, kinda explosive near sparks and hot engines.






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 05-25-2000, 22:09 Post: 16657
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dave,

Try jacking (be careful and use stands)up the vehicle so you that the "wd-40" (or what ever you use) can soak the plug over night or a couple of days. Then try try hammering a slightly undersized metric socket on to it. I have had this happen on a on a 5.0l ford.

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