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Spark Plug Removal Problems....

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by S4 Muzza, Jan 11, 2013.

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    S4 Muzza oww! my giant blue head!

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    I'm in a pickle.

    Tried to remove the spark plugs last night, removed all the gunk from above 3 & 4, coil packs out, plug socket in and boom, nothing. Couldnt budge them. Not a sausage. Now i've read contradicting threads, some say you are best to remove when the engine is warm, others say cold. Engine was reasonably warm at the time, anyone got a conclusive answer for this??

    What are my options if they wont budge? I have a fairly annoying misfire around 3000rpm so they need to go, no option. Do i just go hell for leather and face having to remove the head??
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    I had the same problem when i bought my AGU and wanted to check for compression. You need to create a bigger leverage to your tool and slowly undo the spark plug. Do it as slow as you can until it moves, otherwise there is a risk of cracking your cylinder head. When installing the plugs back, put some copper paste on the threads and tight them up to the specific torque for your engine.
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    Engine warm and then just go for it. That or take it into a garage(who will do the same)
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    Alex, i had a decent amount of leverage, certainly wouldnt have thought i'd need any more. I even had my dad involved, and both of us together couldnt budge them. That cant be right!

    Lewis, i assumed if i took it to a garage they'd have one bash at it, realise they were stuck in there and give up before they did any damage!

    Clearly the last person to change them was a clown.
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    I tried to get mine out when the engine was warm, but no go. I then had a go in the morning when it was cold and bingo :). Maybe use a bigger tool as well.
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