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E.M.S. 06-06-2011 08:33 AM

Huge problem
well, i sold my car and have been driving my "work truck" alot more than expected so i thought i would do a little fuel saving maintenence. i have had the truck for almost a year and it has just over 100,000 miles on it and they are hard, working miles but the truck runs real strong and has been realatively problem free for me.

yesterday i got home from a 24 hr shift and decided to swap out the spark plugs because it was something i just simply didn't have time to do before the winter came and i figured they have been in there for god knows how long lets get them out and take a peek to see how things are going.

well, i started on cylinder #1 and said "shit this is tough" went to #2 and it was much easier, had more room, easier to get at witht the angle the plugs were at so i did the entire passenger side, even numbers. i have to say that i believe these plugs to be original from 94. they are clean and surprisingly show a good clean working engine after all this time.

the problem is that they have so much built up rust around them that i have to scrape the old oxidized iron with a pick and screw driver to get a socket on them once they are almost out i vacuumed around them to get the dust and shavings out then removed the plug and vacuumed again before installing the new one. on cylindar #3 so drivers side second one from the front, i had to apply so much force to "break" it free that the plug actually sheared apart leaving just the threaded part in the head. the ceramic core came out so i can see directly into the combustion chamber.

How the hell am i going to get the rest of them out? they are at a shitty angle and burried under the steering and master cylinder pointing towards the firewall and will a "bolt out" screw and bolt extractor actually be able to free the broken plug?

please guys. i have an interview this afternoon at a local fire dept and need my truck. i hate to rent a ****ing car to get there but i will.

SPC.Brinkmeyer 06-06-2011 09:32 AM

do you no longer have the hex on the top of the metal part of the plug... did you use antiseeze on the plugs you put back in

E.M.S. 06-06-2011 09:44 AM

the shearing happened just below the hex so the hex is gone, the threads are still in. anti seize on all new plugs. all the threads on the other removed plugs are perfectly intact.

SPC.Brinkmeyer 06-06-2011 10:16 AM

so its realy in there... i would try a basic screw/bolt extractor but your gonna have to problyvaccume inside the combustion chamber to make sure theres no debris in there to hurt anything

SPC.Brinkmeyer 06-06-2011 10:17 AM

but if it aint coming out you might have to take it to a shop cuz it could pull out the threads then youll really be in a pickel... and have to put in a threaded insert

E.M.S. 06-06-2011 10:38 AM

yeah, that's what i was afraid of.

E.M.S. 06-06-2011 10:45 AM

i'm actually going to bring it to the dealer to have them swap out the rest of them. that way if they F'up, it's on them. of course, thats after i solve this current ****ing problem.

SPC.Brinkmeyer 06-06-2011 10:47 AM

id see if the rest will break loose fairly easy if so you do them if not then i would have them do them.. but hope you can get it fixed man

E.M.S. 06-06-2011 11:01 AM

I would love to know how people are getting to the plugs at the firewall on the driver's side, i can't get my arm back there from the top or bottom. what a giant Bitch this is. I love the motor, it runs amazingly smooth, hugely powerful and not nearly as fuel starved as i thought it would be but this is getting rediculous to get at these plugs. everything else in the engine is easily attainable except these danm plugs. WTF.

SPC.Brinkmeyer 06-06-2011 11:09 AM

lol... tried a swivel or anything yet

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