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Old 05-15-2011, 02:28 PM
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5.4 strange plug break

I've searched high and low, can't find the same issue.

I have a 2006 5.4.

All are out except for #5 (easiest access thank god).

The threads, jam nut and ring came out and all of the ceramic and electrode is intact and still in there. I have the Lisle 65600 on hand but won't help until I get the top 3/4s of it out. I can't find anyone who has documented this issue online.

I was thinking about trying to find a bolt extractor that is small enough to grab the metal tip on top of the plug. I have a kit but they're all too big. I wouldn't expect that to get it out but maybe it would get me closer too using the Lisle 65600.

Or/and stick a screwdriver in the hole and break off the ceramic. I'm afraid if I do that, it'll break off at the top of the threads.

Any suggestions are welcome.

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Jay
 
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Old 05-16-2011, 12:36 PM
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Break it off and use a long punch and a hammer to break any that is preventing you from using the Lisle tool.
 
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:23 AM
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I use this tool to extract them. It is designed specifically for these plugs in the 5.4l you may want to ask around and see if someone in your neighborhood has this tool for you to borrow. It has the extractor and a pusher.
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I dont know where to send you otherwise. Maybe if you could find a long coarse threaded bolt in a size that can grab that plug, maybe some thread stock, and a couple of nuts with large diameter washers. Once you get the ceramic knocked apart use the thread stock to grab the plug casing and then tighten the nuts down to pull. sometimes it takes 3 or 4 tries or more to get a good bite.
 
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Break the plug off with a screwdriver and wiggle it from side to side then take a good pair of needle nose pliers and pull up on the remainder of the plug. Then take the pusher and push the electrode down till you can use the reverse tap and remover together the kit is one of the best kits I have found. It also helps sometimes to spray a little carb cleaner to help break up the carbon on the bottom of the plug. Hope this helps.
 
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Old 05-18-2011, 03:32 PM
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Thanks for the replies.

I got it. I had pulled on it with needle nose before with no luck. It sat for a day and then I heated it with a heat gun and pulled again, snap. It broke perfectly to use the Lisle tool. Piece of cake with that tool.

Btw, I broke one, 3 came out easy and other four, which were hard to turn, I heated them up with a heat gun, using a 3/4" 90 deg conduit to direct the heat without burning wires and they came out without to much problem.

Just another of many tricks.

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Jay
 
 
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