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Old 11-29-2006, 02:47 PM
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97 Powerstroke Glow plug problem.

I was on the last glow plug in my work truck. The rest came out fine lol. The glow plug has 3 parts, the top part which the plug snaps on, the middle shaft which has the threads and nut head on it, and the heating element which goes into the cylinder. I removed the plug but it split apart, i have the top part and the shaft out, but the last part remains. I can get needle nose plyers on it but they slid off while i pull it. I cannot get it to come out. When i grab it with the plyers i can wiggle it quite a bit up and down, side to side. Any suggestions on how to get this out? I also tried a magnet and putting a piece of hose over it. I need to finish this tomorrow. Thanks

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Buy a new hood, then hit the starter.

I've had injector bodies stuck, but not a GP. You probably have carbon built up on the tip of it that won't allow it to pass through the hole. Keep working at it.
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Old 11-29-2006, 02:55 PM
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Ok, well thats good news, least i dont need to pull the hood.
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Old 11-29-2006, 04:32 PM
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Have you been using ether to start it since the glow plugs were bad? Ether causes the end of the glow plug to swell. Good luck getting it out.
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No ether, just had to preheat it a TON, or plug it in.
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hmmmmm, depending on how big it is, you may be able to push it into the cylinder and fish it out at a different angle. This would be an extreme last resort, like you have the tools out to remove the head. If your resorting to removing the head it may be worth a shot.
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Old 11-29-2006, 08:30 PM
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http://www.irwin.com/irwin/consumer/...rwinProd100312

A set of these might do the trick...?

Might also add a little PB blaster to help work it out...?
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I've shot solvent in alongside some carboned-up injectors. You have to give it time to seep past the tight tolerance and soak into the carbon. Then once you have it out (hopefully!) gently blow some air into the chamber so you don't get a nasty misfire upon startup.
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Old 11-30-2006, 10:57 AM
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I Soaked it with PB all night. I tried Needle nosed vise grips, i can wiggle it still but cannot pull it out. Im assuming the end must be blistered really bad. Im going to removing the injector, and maybe with a pick i can get on the bottom of it to apply upward pressure as i pull. If that doesnt work i will put it back together, have someone start it, while i hold onto it with the grips, rev it up a bit to build cylinder pressure. I dont see why that wouldnt work. Any other tips would be great. Thanks
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I can't say from experience but I'd think that blowing it out with cylinder pressure is a recipe for injury or damage to the truck. Good chance of messing the threads up too. You may just have to pull the head.
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Old 11-30-2006, 11:26 AM
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I have seen the old "blowout" trick done many times, and never seen engine damage as a result. Of course, this doesn't mean that it won't...
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Old 11-30-2006, 02:08 PM
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I was going to remove the hood and wear my motorcycle helmet lol.
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Well i went this morning and tried those things. Still wont budge, so im going to pull the head off
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for the amount you're going to spend putting gaskets back on this thing you might consider taking it down to a diesel shop and seeing what they can do. THey probably see this sort of thing all the time and have a short-cut.

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Old 12-01-2006, 02:14 PM
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never though about the gaskets. Could i resuse it? Im only pulling off the 1 side. I have called the local diesel shops, they suggested some things, but nothing worked.
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