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Old 06-12-2011, 02:49 PM   #1
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Default Best spark plug boot removal tool?

I pulled the #1 spark plug boot to set TDC, BUT, it was a PITA! I'm used to 4 cyl with plugs easily accessible on the top of the engine - what special tools are best to remove the spark plug boots? And can get to ALL the boots on left/right/front/back? I want to replace the plugs, but dayum....need the right tool!

What's the "magic tool"? I'm too old to scrape up my arms getting the boots off!
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Old 06-12-2011, 02:54 PM   #2
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:14 PM   #3
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They sell pliers like these at most auto stores

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-900071/
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As Milton suggested or take a clothes hanger and make tool. Make a 180* bend just the size of spark plug, bend wire 90* out from there. Go out 6-8" and make a loop for finger to go in. Put 180* end just below plug wire and pull. Wire more thick(stronger) than hanger wire will make better tool.
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silicone dielectric grease on the insides of all spark plug boots make removal easy and no tool needed.
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:11 PM   #6
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the only "tool" you should need, is the guy working on the car...


haha, just called you a tool
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:50 PM   #7
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Cool I resemble that remark!

yeah, I'm a tool.....I admit it - only 11 more steps to go!

I bought a tool at autozone - useful on some, but not all, of the plugs.

The bigger issue was torquing some of the plugs - very hard to get at the plugs on the driver side with a torque wrench.
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you dont NEED to torque them. you have iron heads... Don't be he-man and you will be ok.

also, some anti-seize would be a GREAT idea!
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