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Don't-Strip-or-Break-It

Postby RockAuto » Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:46 pm



Don’t you hate the sinking feeling you get when you realize you have stripped a bolt or broken the head off a fastener. The car project, whatever it was, suddenly got harder and less fun.

Near the top of the Don't-strip-or-break-it list are spark plugs. Nobody wants damaged threads in a cylinder head or half a spark plug frozen in place. Unfortunately, the potential for problems increases when high mileage spark plugs are left untouched in relatively soft aluminum cylinder heads.

Watch Pat Goss's hands-on tips for removing spark plugs without breaking them. Hopefully you will learn a few things that will keep the next spark plug change fun, not nerve wracking.





Listed under Extras and some specific car models, RockAuto has spark plug non-foulers and spark plug hole chaser tools that can clean up damaged threads. There are even tools specifically designed to remove broken spark plugs and bits of spark plug porcelain from the Ford Triton engines.



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Re: Don't-Strip-or-Break-It

Postby maestro319 » Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:51 pm

Cool!! Great advice.

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Re: Don't-Strip-or-Break-It

Postby seabee_ » Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:19 pm

If you have threads that have stripped out there is a great re-threader/insert kit you can buy at most auto parts store. I had an old KZ400 twin that had one plug hole stripped. These kits work better than heli coils. Here's a link for them. Use a good loktite on them when you insert them to prevent them from coming back out.
http://www.locknstitch.com/sparkpluginserts.htm
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Re: Don't-Strip-or-Break-It

Postby Steve F » Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:37 pm

Well, if it weren't for broken spark plugs, I probably wouldn't have gotten my first '76 CB750F ! I got a call from my brother-in-law one evening many years ago, and he asked if I had any room in my shed. I said what for, and he said don't go anywhere. 2 hours later, he shows up with this old '76 CB750F that was in boxes and pieces, and told me it was all mine :?
Turns out the original owner had tried to change the plugs, broke one off in the head, and had the engine pulled, the head removed and the plug taken out. The engine was all put back together, but the owner lost interest.....only had 7600 miles on it!!!! I got the bike for about $150 with some bartering. Just because of a broken plug....whooda thunk.
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Re: Don't-Strip-or-Break-It

Postby fysty-1 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:50 am

RockAuto wrote:Don’t you hate the sinking feeling you get when you realize you have stripped a bolt or broken the head off a fastener. The car project, whatever it was, suddenly got harder and less fun.

Near the top of the Don't-strip-or-break-it list are spark plugs. Nobody wants damaged threads in a cylinder head or half a spark plug frozen in place. Unfortunately, the potential for problems increases when high mileage spark plugs are left untouched in relatively soft aluminum cylinder heads.

Watch Pat Goss's hands-on tips for removing spark plugs without breaking them. Hopefully you will learn a few things that will keep the next spark plug change fun, not nerve wracking.





Listed under Extras and some specific car models, RockAuto has spark plug non-foulers and spark plug hole chaser tools that can clean up damaged threads. There are even tools specifically designed to remove broken spark plugs and bits of spark plug porcelain from the Ford Triton engines.

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