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Old 03-18-2008, 04:09 PM   #1
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Default Trying to change spark plugs - can't get socket on plug

Alright so I'm trying to pull a plug to check it out, specifically the number 3 plug on my EJ25D. I have the boot off but when I stick the socket in there there's like a rubber ring or something surrounding the plug and it's not allowing me to get the socket on there to pull the plug out.

It's really frustrating because the plugs are so deep into the heads and I can't see what I'm doing, only feel.

What the heck is it?
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Old 03-18-2008, 04:15 PM   #2
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Is the piece of rubber still in the plug socket? If it fell out it may have jammed things up a bit.
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Old 03-18-2008, 04:21 PM   #3
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Is the piece of rubber still in the plug socket? If it fell out it may have jammed things up a bit.
No sir, the sockets I'm using have no rubber.

It's in there after I pulled the boot off the end of the plug, both of my manuals don't mention anything about it that I can find.
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Old 03-18-2008, 04:37 PM   #4
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I pulled the next boot which I believe is number 4 and there's one in there too. It's like a little rubber ring/shield thing around the ceramic ribs near the terminal.

I tried getting some needle-nose pliers in there to pull it off but it wasn't having any of it. I wonder if I'm suppose to force it down by sticking the socket over it and pushing it onto the plug?
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Old 03-18-2008, 04:42 PM   #5
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It's almost like a rubber grommet of some type perhaps.
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Old 03-18-2008, 05:42 PM   #6
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Never mind you guys, I got it off with needle-nose pliers. It's thing rubber grommet insulator thing that fits on the end of the spark plug that insulates the plug from the valve cover and the surrounding metal.
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