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Old 08-13-2009, 05:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Broken Spark Plug Boot/Wire

Hey,

So today I was removing a spark plug boot from my 93 i4 and the part where the wire goes into the boot kinda cracked... entirely, and now the boot is stuck in the spark plug tube, any suggestions as to how to get that out? and what I need to replace what I broke?

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Old 08-13-2009, 05:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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my favorite is a coat hanger bend like a sharp J. you'll most likely need a new set of wires, but you may be able to glue the boot back on, if thats all that came off.
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think it was more than the boot, because when it happened I ended up pulling the entire wire out and it is definitely not connected to something anymore
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Take the valve cover off, unscrew the spark plug tubes with a pipe wrench and Voila!!!! More details here

3sfe spark plug tube oil leaks

May as well re-seal all spark plug tubes(at the bottom, it's the culprit for most of the 'oil on spark plug' problems); good preventative maintenance.
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haha preventive... thats the reason I was removing the spark plug in the first place. I was able to remove it with the coat hangar and put it back together, im assuming everything is all good right now.
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Hi guys. I just ran into this problem today when I was trying to change my spark plugs and wires. On cylinder 3, the little rubber piece at the end of the tube (I'm assuming this is the boot) is stuck inside wrapped around the spark plug. I'm assuming the only way to remove it is with this "coat hanger" method?
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Hi guys. I just ran into this problem today when I was trying to change my spark plugs and wires. On cylinder 3, the little rubber piece at the end of the tube (I'm assuming this is the boot) is stuck inside wrapped around the spark plug. I'm assuming the only way to remove it is with this "coat hanger" method?
Lots of ways to skin that cat, but most people have coat hangers available.

Now you've experienced firsthand one of the reasons to use dialectric grease on the plug insulators
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Lots of ways to skin that cat, but most people have coat hangers available.

Now you've experienced firsthand one of the reasons to use dialectric grease on the plug insulators
This car was just purchased a week ago and this is the first time I've done a tune-up on it. The car seemed neglected. I don't know if the plugs and wires were ever changed during its 165k of life. But yes, now I understand why dielectric grease has to be used.
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grease on the connector won't keep the rubber boot from sticking to the plug tube. That tube is metal and it gets pretty hot. Rubber sticks to that, and that adhesion may turn out to be more than the force holding the hard plastic 'tube' onto that water resistant boot.

That happened to me a couple times, I always just used long pliers to grab 'er.
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grease on the connector won't keep the rubber boot from sticking to the plug tube. That tube is metal and it gets pretty hot. Rubber sticks to that, and that adhesion may turn out to be more than the force holding the hard plastic 'tube' onto that water resistant boot.

That happened to me a couple times, I always just used long pliers to grab 'er.
Are there really plier's long enough to reach all the way in and grab the rubber boot?
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