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Old 10-06-2010, 08:59 AM
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Hex Head rounded on #4 Spark plug

I tryed and couldn't get number 4 (back passengers side) spark plug out. I then took it to Ford and they rounded the hex and broke the ceramic, so now I can't drive it. Is there any other option besides pulling the head ($1100)?

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Old 10-06-2010, 09:04 AM
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I tryed and couldn't get number 4 (back passengers side) spark plug out. I then took it to Ford and they rounded the hex and broke the ceramic, so now I can't drive it. Is there any other option besides pulling the head ($1100)?

thanks in advance
Yikes.

That is sheer incompetence on the dealer's part.

I'd hold them to account on this - a properly fitted hex socket will not round off the plug - regardless of how tight it may be. The plug would separate first.

I dunno - BF Easy-out? But, chit will fall into the well in any case, so head removal is probably unavoidable. On their dime ... this is not part&parcel of the normal risks involved in 3V spark plug extraction.

Callin' 'Brew ...

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Old 10-06-2010, 07:21 PM
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did you tell them you tried unsuccesfully to remove it yourself. if so i'd imagine they'll use that against you. even with the head removed it will be a chore getting that plug out.
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:14 PM
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Get a cheap 6 point socket and make sure it's on the plug good, if you have to pad the bottom of the plug well with a paper shop towel. Mix up some epoxy or jb weld and fill the socket through the hole where the ratchet/extension goes, don't get any outside the socket. Let it cure then put the ratchet to it-can't be out anything except the socket and a little time.

Just something I just thought up.

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Old 10-07-2010, 04:15 AM
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I tryed and couldn't get number 4 (back passengers side) spark plug out. I then took it to Ford and they rounded the hex and broke the ceramic, so now I can't drive it. Is there any other option besides pulling the head ($1100)?

thanks in advance
Don't ya just love it? The price of incompetence : $1100. Just about like doctors, you pay me whether I do it right or screw up, matter of fact I make more if I screw up!
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thats all on the stealership man they rounded it off they should pay to have it removed
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:13 AM
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Update

They got it out! They had the Master Mechanic work with it and he took a cheap socket that was too tight and slowly ground out the id until it fit. The plug then came out. Truck runs good now and Southern Ford in Houston is my hero. And no I didn't tell them I tried first. I was most of the problem.

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Old 10-07-2010, 11:32 AM
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Did you get to keep the plug? It would be a good reminder to have in your tool box---right tool for the right job! ha ha!

Glad you got it.
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Old 10-07-2010, 01:41 PM
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thats awesome glad the head did'nt have to be pulled. would have been a nightmare no matter who paid.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:39 PM
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I see they got it out,But for future reference Snap On sells what they call "Salvage Sockets" you buy them for a particular size when you look in the hex part of the socket it has 3 teeth you tap it on the damaged nut/bolt & the teeth dig in & bite.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:27 PM
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I tryed and couldn't get number 4 (back passengers side) spark plug out.
What do you mean you couldn't get it out. Was it too tight and you couldn't loosen it?

Or you couldn't get the socket on it?
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Old 10-09-2010, 03:54 AM
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What do you mean you couldn't get it out. Was it too tight and you couldn't loosen it?

Or you couldn't get the socket on it?
#4 was a bitch to get out when I went at it with my truck this past weekend. Took a lot more strength than should be required to get that thing loosened. #3, #4 and #8 broke on my truck.
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