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Scary moment removing broken spark plug on my s3

Joshstan May 9, 2014

  1. Joshstan

    Joshstan Registered User

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    I decided I would change my spark plugs today so take off the coilpacks go to undo the first plug and snap I had the porcelain part with the nut in my hand and the threads still in the head
    Phones round a few garages and got a quote of 200quid to get it out
    There must be a better way? And there is!

    First I got a set of easy outs from screw fix for a tenner you need the one that has the same size head as a 1/2 drive ratchet you need a 1/2 drive extention and a 13mm spanner

    Put the easy out in the leftover plug put the extention bar upside down on top and use the 13mm spanner to turn the bar and here was my outcome
    [​IMG]
     
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  3. <tuffty/>

    <tuffty/> Badger 5 Edition...Its all about the flow... Staff Member Moderator

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    What make of plugs were they?

    Lucky one there, could have been a lot worse!... easy outs are pretty cool... have used them a few times myself... good work :)

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  4. desertstorm

    desertstorm Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    Very lucky that you managed to get that out without any damage at all. Both to your engine and your pocket.
    What make plug was that ?, Looks like it may have been overtightened in the first place which meant it was going to fail when you removed it.
     
  5. Joshstan

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    The were ngk plugs and yeah it was ****** tight I was amazed the new plug went in no trouble at all I actually air punched after I got it out
     
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  6. Clart

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    Loves an air punch me, followed by a power grab! :rock:
     
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  7. Joshstan

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    Haha it's just gotta be done!
     
  8. MUSH

    MUSH MUSH Developments Ltd.

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    Ive had this exact issue on a friends mk4 1.8t. NGK Iridium plug just crumbled as yours did.

    Same method of extraction used then i attached some small hose to a hoover to pick up the debris from the cylinder before refiring.
     
  9. Joshstan

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    I stuffed one of those telescopic magnets down there it picked up a few bits of filings but nothing much
    I did have some oil in there though where my rocker cover gasket needs changing that gave me a little blue smoke on start up
    Anyways wish me luck because today I have to pluck up the courage to do the other 3 plugs just couldn't bring myself to do it yesterday lol
     
  10. samurai

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    really ??? Who told you that ?? explaine on what way you think thats possible?
     
  11. RobinJI

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    Guessing he just means first start after doing the plugs, not all starts. If the cam-cover gaskets leaking into the plug holes, then when he took the plug out the oil in there will have drained into the cylinder, so will get burned off when first fired up.
     
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  13. samurai

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    if thats it then i apology for misunderstanding
     
  14. Joshstan

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    That was it lol just this start up as there was quite a bit of oil resting there lol
     
  15. JudderMan

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    Air punch LOL

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    glad you got it sorted.
     

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