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Old 06-05-2013, 12:51 AM   #1
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We are replacing the spark plugs on my car. The first one went well.

Now, on #2 the freaking rubber out of the plug socket is stuck around the plug I put in. The coil pack cap wont go all the way down. How in the hell are we going to get that rubber out?

We can't even back the plug out now.
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:55 AM   #2
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Rip the rubber off ,, it dont do anything.. you just want the metal under it..
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Orison, the rubber pulled out of the socket when I was pulling the socket off the plug. The rubber from the socket is stuck down around the top of the plug and won't let the ignition coil cap go back down all the way.
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Orison, the rubber pulled out of the socket when I was pulling the socket off the plug. The rubber from the socket is stuck down around the top of the plug and won't let the ignition coil cap go back down all the way.
1. Squirt WD40 or light lube in the socket and push it back on the plug and take
it all back out again.
2. Throw away that little piece of rubber.
3. Precede as before.
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if you rip the rubber all off and expose the wire.. you can use pliers to bend it back to shape and hold the plug head.

or I just dont understand.. Ive mine rot and melt off before. i like mine exposed anyways cause I remove all the safety features on mowers and ground them out to kill..
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Okay, Hubby is eating dinner and the daughter and grandson are having a screaming match. I can't think. I'ma chill a minute and read this to Hubby when he is done eating.
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I'm probably not being real clear either.

The rubber gasket from inside the plug socket is stuck around the porcelain part of the installed plug.

Damn, I wish I could sit at my computer and smoke. Can't think without smoking.
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I'm probably not being real clear either.

The rubber gasket from inside the plug socket is stuck around the porcelain part of the installed plug.

Damn, I wish I could sit at my computer and smoke. Can't think without smoking.

thats what i understood.

take a break, have a smoke.

the rubber "bushing" from inside the socket stuck on the ceramic head of the plug, gotcha.

lube up the inside of the plug socket in your hand with some light oil, silcone spray, graphite, whatever will make it slippery, connect to whatever extensions you needed to get down there, wiggle the socket while pushing down, force it gently over that rubber p.o.s. till you can engage the hex corners at the base of the plug.

unscrew.

throw that rubber p.o.s. away and just be careful installing plugs without it

(future tip, get one of those cushioned snap-on plug sockets, you'll never buy another)
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Did the boot come apart or is it a small rubber insert to prevent vibration that could fracture the ceramic in the plug?

Twist off another boot to see how it compares to the one you are trying to get. Twist it back and forth to break it free before pulling on it.

Whatever, pull it off with needle nose pliers if you can get them on it, some plugs are way down in a well.

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ya, she's talking about the ceramic protection in the socket, not the seal(s) between the spark plug and the lead or the boot over the plug connection.

hopefully she/hubby have it off already
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