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post #1 of 22 Old 08-07-2013, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Broken Glowplug (NEED HELP)

When I was changing the glowplugs in my 95 f250 The #1 cylinder glowplug separated and is stuck in the head.
So I searched and tried all of the suggestions, I went and bought a can of mercury powertune carbon dissolver and soaked it for a few days.
Then tried to pull it out with needle nose visegrips wouldn't budge,
Then made a slidehammer out of the visegrips and tried again still wouldn't move.
Then I hammered it in slightly with a punch but I cannot get it to go up only down even with the slide hammer visegrips.
So I figured as a last resort I would hammer it into the cylinder and try to fish it out of the glowplug hole or injector hole.

My question is I can grab it with a magnet through the glowplug hole and pull it up to the hole but it does not fit through the hole, do you think the plug is swollen?
It was a beru plug so I didn't think that they had the swelling problem like the autolites do.

Also is the injector hole substantially bigger that you think the broken plug would fit through there if it wont fit through the glowplug hole?

Im going to try to fish it through the injector hole tomorrow and if that doesn't work am going to have to pull the head?

I know its a long post, would love to hear from people that have fished it out successfully.

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How did you make out with the glow plug? I wouldn't reccomend "smashing" it into the cylinder. It will drop to the low side and you won't be able to fish it out. Is recommend pulling the head if that's the last resort. I've only seen the tips swell up not the threads.

I'd start with wd40 soaking it. You say you can only tighten it not loosen?


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What about cycling the glow plug 3 or 4 times to warm it up to help shrink it from the cylinder head- wont do a lot but might just be enough


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Not good
The heads coming off
Has anyone ever pulled a head without a cherry picker?
Was wondering if I really needed one or not
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"need a cherry picker?" Well, I suppose this answer is, once again, it depends.

Do you have Popeye arms? Can you bench press two hundred pounds? Or, do you have two friends with extra fingers they aren't concerned with keeping?

Just kidding. The heads on these things are SERIOUSLY heavy and that's why a cherry picker is recommended. They CAN be removed without one but it is a heck of a lot easier and less risky to fingers, arms, paint, sheet metal and toes with one.
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You can rent one and have it delivered.

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Does anyone know how much they weigh with the exhaust manifolds attached?
I can bench 320 so I think I can do it without a cherry picker
Am going to try it without one and then if I need one will rent one.
My main concern is getting the head back on without damaging the gaskets
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Arcturus where can I rent one and have it delivered?
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Which head gasket should i use?
I have the head torn down to the point where its ready to come out.
Should i use a ford or felpro gasket?
Obviously the felpro is much cheaper is the Ford gasket that much better that it justifies the price?
Any input is appreciated
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sorry i never got back to you. did you ever get a cherry picker? I know you can rent a genie lift in almost any United Rental type of place.
Good luck in the heads.

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