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Old 11-07-2010, 06:55 PM
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302 spark plug drivin me crazy!!!!

Ok, got a 302 ford in a 72 e-200 van. The front plug on the passenger side wont let a socket go on it. Its like the plug is too close to the head to get a socket on it...need....suggestions! Gotta take this van on a road trip this weekend, and would like to have 8 new plugs instead of 7, thanks all.

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Old 11-07-2010, 07:17 PM
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Ok, got a 302 ford in a 72 e-200 van. The front plug on the passenger side wont let a socket go on it. Its like the plug is too close to the head to get a socket on it...need....suggestions! Gotta take this van on a road trip this weekend, and would like to have 8 new plugs instead of 7, thanks all.
Can you find a thin wall spark plug socket? I have the 2 plug sizes that I got from snap-on a while back.Because I had cars coming into the shop that nothing would work. Maybe check craftsman.
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:43 PM
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I usually use a 12 point regular socket. But even the spark plug socket i have wouldnt work, even after i took the grinder to it.
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I have one on my car that you can't get a socket on. What I did was buy a cheap 5/8 wrench and cut off the box end and welded it back on at a 70 degree angle. I put it on the plug and use a 12 inch adjustable on the other end of the wrench to break it loose. Hope this trick can work for you to.
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:17 PM
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Is something stuck in the socket? One has to ask why would it fit 7 and not 1?
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Is something stuck in the socket? One has to ask why would it fit 7 and not 1?
it's not the plug it won't fit.. there isn't room between the hex on the plug and the side of the cylinder head to get a socket over the hex.
been there done that. and thankfully I don't have those heads any more.
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it's not the plug it won't fit.. there isn't room between the hex on the plug and the side of the cylinder head to get a socket over the hex.
been there done that. and thankfully I don't have those heads any more.
Not knowing how much room or angle of the plug I would try though to get an old steak knife and try scraping the area around the plug. Last resort, a BFH !
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ill pass on the BFH!! Yeah, its like the plug is too close to the side of the head...good job ford....goooooood job.
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