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    Default Help please : Can't get spark plugs out

    Got a 1.5 hour slot today to get new plugs in and see if my coilpack needs to be replaced.

    Coilpack came out without a hitch but I can not undo the sparks plugs. They are so tight.

    Has any one got any tips to loosen them or something.

    Whoever put these in has forearms like popeye.

    My vec is a Sri 1.8vvt on an 06 plate.

    Thanks very much

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    Right looks like im off to my trusted garage to see what they can do.

    Had the not so bright idea of gaffer taping my trolley jack handle to the spark plug tool to get more leverage.

    This is what happened. Grrrrrrrrrr
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    Try it hot !

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    Given up now to be honest mate and ran out of time.

    ingers crossed they can get em out without too much hassle.

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    Have you not got a ratchet and extension bar? That's what I use on mine.

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    Get a proper 3/8 or 1/2 drive socket an use a ratchet/ bar

    Them T handles are poo

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    As above - my 1.8vvt plugs were really tight. I got the engine warm, and put a blast of wd40 down the side and then used a deep socket to get them out.

    When I put them back in I put a tiny bit of copper grease on the thread, just enough so it didn't make that 'squeak' when tightening up!

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    Don't fit them with copper grease as you can over tighten an stretch the thread

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    Deep socket and a T-bar as it gives even spread of force on the centre rather than a ratchet. Also do it while hot and use penetrating fluid rather than WD40
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    Thanks for all the tips guys.

    I have booked it in for tomorrow morning for the garage to get them out. I dont have the required tools metioned above so Im gonna pay someone else for the moment to get it done.

    Don't have a lot of time at the moment. I will look to getting the correct tools in the future as I hate giving up like this.

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