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tydallas 10-04-2011 08:14 PM

Spark Plug HELP
I'm hoping my JG brothers can help me out. I was changing my spark plugs and I got to the last coil pack on the drivers side bank, when I was lifting up on the coil pack trying to get the coils out, one of the sides (coil) got stuck in the hole but the top of it popped off with the other side. I'm hoping somebody who knows what i'm talking about will chime in here (sorry I wasn't able to take any pics). Any suggestions on how to remove the coil that is stuck in the hole???

tydallas 10-05-2011 03:02 PM

Just to clarify, it's the rubber boot that's stuck on the spark plug. Has anybody dealt with that before? How did you get it out?

jwernatl 10-05-2011 03:45 PM

Re: Spark Plug HELP
I've got a 2005 HEMI - I was going to change the plugs today - Kinda wierd you were doing the same. I dont know about the boot deal. I've yet to pull a coil off -- I'm kinda hesitant 'cause I've never done it before. I've changed a gazillion plugs built a few engines etc etc but never with a coil or coil pack. I was about to do a search or post a question on how to deal with the coils. Did you do a search on it?

tydallas 10-05-2011 03:58 PM

Re: Spark Plug HELP
Yeah I was following this thread, very helpful..

You'll be fine, it's simple really. Just be careful pulling up on the coil pack not to rip the boot off. I changed the whole right bank without running into this issue

4.whoa 10-05-2011 04:02 PM

Re: Spark Plug HELP
if its just the rubber boot thats stuck ,try a pair of needle nose pliers.

tydallas 10-05-2011 04:09 PM

I tried pulling with needle nose pliers and the rubber just rips. Is it safe to spray any kind of lubricant down there?

oldgeezer 10-05-2011 04:12 PM

Re: Spark Plug HELP
This thread might be helpful also. Look in the section for the 5.7L, very informative and detailed. Good luck with the install. I have not "been" there yet, but will probably agonize also when changing the plugs out. Excellent though, that the forums here are very helpful and members are willing to step up for other members in need!@!!:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

jwernatl 10-05-2011 04:30 PM

Re: Spark Plug HELP
This is the best, by far, Web Site on the web. Between (here) and - THE BEST.

It's funny, I have '93 Ford COBRA as a toy. Listen to this. You would think it'd be pretty easy to find a good site with the same kind of info - I mean a mustang for crying out loud- You cant. Dont get me wrong There are good sites out there but you have to have 5 or 6 sites in your favorites to equal what you can get here and wk -

jlewissystem 10-05-2011 05:10 PM

Re: Spark Plug HELP
I've never tried this, but was trying to think of a safe tool (and start the jokes.... :)) This came to mind - a vegetable carving tool - somewhat of a curved spoon. Maybe an option?

It could help separate the boot from the plug wall. Dont think it'll help with debris that may fall down.......just shootin in the dark here :)

tydallas 10-05-2011 05:49 PM

So everybody can see what I'm talking about…
I called the dealer and they said auto zone might have a tool to get it. I'm going there right now

4.whoa 10-05-2011 07:02 PM

Re: Spark Plug HELP
I'd pull the spring, spray some lube and use an awl or a very skinny screwdriver to break the seal to/with the plug. then pull with a pliers. It has to come out, even if you have to replace it,right?

P.S. use extra lube on it when you put the new ones in :thumbsup:

tydallas 10-05-2011 09:01 PM

Re: Spark Plug HELP
What a nightmare, turns out four boots got stuck. After searching the web, I found that O'Reilly carries just the rubber boots, you don't have to buy the whole coil pack. So I picked up four of them. I still didn't know how to take them out, but heeding 4.whoa's advice, I found that removing the spring and then sticking needle nose pliers through the middle worked like a charm :thumbsup:.. Thanks for all the input guys, hopefully nobody else runs into this issue!!

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