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    Spark plug socket stuck

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    Any tips on getting this damn thing out? If I can snag a picture I'll post it but I thought the socket was on the spark plug after setting it in there and wiggling around and finding no play. I started to turn and it seemed easier than expected so I continued for a couple quarter turns until it hit me that it might not be on the plug at all. Pulled back up and the socket stayed in. I've tried creating some play by slightly turning it back the other way to no avail and used extra long needle nose pliers to just pull it out also with the obvious result.

    Either this is going to be quite simple or stupidly expensive. Help me make it the former
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    Go get a long impact extension, the ball spring is much stronger on those. Should be able to pop it in and pull it out

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    I'll see if there's one around. It doesn't look like the socket ever got deep enough to connect to the spark plug
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    In the future you should use an extension with a locking end that requires you to slide a button or a sleeve to remove a socket. These are widely available.
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    There is a small plastic cover on the coils there that you can take off that will open up the area to the injectors, fuel pump, and most of all give you space to pull out the spark plug socket.
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    The blue piece in this picture below can be removed by removing the screws/bolts that are purple in the diagram.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Business6 View Post
    I'll see if there's one around. It doesn't look like the socket ever got deep enough to connect to the spark plug
    Not pull the plug out, just the socket. Your socket is too wide, dont try to reuse it until the plug has been unthreaded, using a narrower socket, to a point where you can grab it with the spark plug socket, or remove the junk stuff as stated above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearTheSnail View Post
    There is a small plastic cover on the coils there that you can take off that will open up the area to the injectors, fuel pump, and most of all give you space to pull out the spark plug socket.
    Thanks! I'll take a look at that! Thanks for the diagram!

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    Not pull the plug out, just the socket. Your socket is too wide, dont try to reuse it until the plug has been unthreaded, using a narrower socket, to a point where you can grab it with the spark plug socket, or remove the junk stuff as stated above.
    That's not what I meant. I'm very much only trying to get the socket out.
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    Gotta give my back a rest for a bit. I'm having trouble removing the crossover pipe at the moment. After loosening that difficult-to-get-torque-on 7mm/flathead clamp on there I can wiggle it but not remove it. Aside from the two mounting points on the engine and the clamp itself there isn't anything else holding it in, right? It's my first time really taking a look at thing in the engine bay so I'm trying to familiarize myself with what is where. After that there's just a pair of nuts to remove and I should be able to remove that cover...hopefully.

    In about an hour I have some help coming so it'll be nice getting some new muscle and fresh eyes on things, lol. Thanks for the help so far. Hopefully I can get this resolved tonight
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    You might also be able to use a little super glue on the extension. Let it sit in there a good while to set up. Then acetone nail polish remover to clean it off.

 

 
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