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Old 07-12-2010, 11:06 PM   #1
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2003 Cobra
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Default Spark plug socket rubber stuck on spark plug

Hey guys,

I could use some other peoples input on a tricky situation. I was changing the spark plugs on my 2005 WRX when something pretty awful happened. When changing the second plug, the spark plug sockets rubber piece came off without me realizing. I went to put the coil pack back on and it was pretty tough so I tried putting a little force into it when I realized that the rubber piece was missing on the socket. Long story short, its wedged in between the spark plug and pretty much has no way of getting out because it's covering the socket. So basically I put a socket in there and its not reachable or it just spins and spins and spins (cause of the rubber).

Any one ever experience this before? I feel like I'm pretty SOL on this one. Should I have it towed to a mechanic that can drop the engine and take care of it? I finished the other three with no problem but this one is just... well... stuck. I'm thinking of picking up a dentist pick and trying to grab it out that way. I already tried pliers, screw driver, and anything reasonable. It's really stuck.

Would running it be fine? Just taking some shots in the dark but I believe the coil pack will reach the spark plug but wouldn't the engine temperature melt the rubber around the spark plug causing problems? Would spraying WD40 in there have an negative affects?

Any ideas would be helpful.

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