Well I got it out finally. It's actually quite interesting what I ended up using to fish it out. Initially, I followed all your advice to use a coat hanger, shish kabob, flat head screwdriver, and anything else I could have thought of. Well, all of that did not work at all for me. I believe the reason is because my spark plug tubes are not fully turned all the way down? When I tried to lift up the side of the boot end, it would come up very little and then fall back down because there was an opening, or gap, inside the tube right above the boot end. Seems like this gap is there because the spark plug tubes are not fully inserted all the way, which may explain why I have burned oil residue from the lower ceramic portion all the way to the threads of my spark plugs. The spark plug tubes should not have any type of gap inside right?
So I went to buy some krazy super glue and applied it liberally to the end of a 1/2" drive extension (socket side) and let it sit on top of the boot end for about 5 minutes. I did try to put the glue on a flat head but there just wasn't enough surface area for the glue to make contact with the boot. Then I slowly lifted it up and it came right out. I spent about 1 hour trying to fish it out (in my case it didn't work) when the super glue trick did the job.
But now I know I have to remove the valve cover in order to reseal the spark plug tube threads and tighten them down to specs. I guess I'll be doing this at the same time I replace the end cap and valve cover gasket. Thanks everyone for the advice/suggestions.
Mike, I understand what you are trying to say but if after I remove the spark plug with the deep well 5/8 socket, what do I use to bring up the spark plug and the boot end? I never thought of using a deep well though, so that's an excellent idea. Just how to lift them out of the cylinder is another question. Thanks for the suggestion.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that my CEL came on the day after I found out the spark plug wire's boot came off. My dad said the car felt like it was struggling with no power so I'm guessing the No. 2 cylinder wasn't firing, which caused the car to detect a cylinder misfire or something along those lines? Also, I smelled what most likely is fuel while driving around the block to see what my dad was talking about. Is this because air/fuel is being dumped in the cylinder but it's not combusted because there's no spark? Did I cause any damage to the engine by driving around for about 10 minutes with the No. 2 cylinder not firing along with buildup of air/fuel in combustion chamber? Sure hope I didn't flood the cylinder. I don't have a scanner tool to find out exactly what the code is but could this all be related and had caused the CEL? I'm still waiting for my wires to come from the mail but I heard that I should scan for the code and then clear it before putting the new wires in? On my Integra, there was a way to get the code without the scanner, by jumping some diagnostic terminals and then turn the ignition to 'ON' and the CEL would flash a certain number of times to indicate a specific code. Can someone help in regards to this matter? Sorry for so many questions and such a long post. Just wanted to get all the details in. Thanks so much you guys are very helpful.
Last edited by 97&02camryleI4; 04-29-2006 at 09:52 PM.