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Mr.NutCase 11-19-2005 08:35 PM

Spark plug
 
i have a 1994 Bravada with the 4.3 W Vortec. how hard is to remove the #3
plug? i dont like using u-joints. i was thinking of buying the Cratsman 3?8 breaker bar, also the wires are hard to remove.

poncho62 11-19-2005 09:52 PM

Plugs should not be that tight, that you need a breaker bar to remove them.......bet they are aluminum heads and the threads are seized. Anti-seize should have been used when they were installed.

craigaliddle 11-19-2005 10:10 PM

not to worry, they are still cast iron heads. you're right with the swivel(like it or not). #3 is blocked by the intermediate steering shaft. you can get to it with a swivel plug socket and a very long extension through the fendewell.
push up the rubber extesion on the inner fender and go in over the frame.
really not that bad to do. hope this helps.

Kevin45 11-20-2005 06:11 AM

According to Weimer...the way to get to the plug is to remove the steering shaft, which is relatively easy and the correct way to do it. He said his neighbor fought for hours trying to get the plug out and Weimer went over, removed the shaft and had it done in a matter of minutes.

Mr.NutCase 11-20-2005 07:27 AM

thanks for the info!

oldschoolrods 11-20-2005 08:30 AM

The wires probably didnt see any die-electric grease on them... i have one of these http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...id=00947068000 that works good to help remove stuck wires, hope that helps.

Mr.NutCase 11-20-2005 08:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kevin45
According to Weimer...the way to get to the plug is to remove the steering shaft, which is relatively easy and the correct way to do it. He said his neighbor fought for hours trying to get the plug out and Weimer went over, removed the shaft and had it done in a matter of minutes.

you got the post link?

schnitz 11-20-2005 12:06 PM

I'm not a huge fan of using u-joints either, but I found a spark plug socket that has u-joint built right into the drive of it. It was around $7 at the local Fleet Farm. Seldom do I change plugs now without it. Also, the extra inch or so for the joint in it gives that bit of extra clearance to get past the heat shields.


Oldschool, that's the same tool I own. You didn't raid my toolbox to "borrow it", did you? J/K! Good money spent on a very usable tool.


In a while, Chet.

sha_ba_do_bang 11-20-2005 04:59 PM

No swivel sockets? How can anyone work on a vehicle without them, i consider them the most inmportant set of sockets i own, especially on engine work and transmission's. Alot of times people cause more damage and strip the head off because they try to get a regular socket.

How do you guys not use swivel sockets?

Brendan


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