The tip of the foremost glow plug on the left side broke off when trying to remove the glow plug. The tip is stuck in the hole and can't be moved by tapping gently on it.
I have a 1995 Ford E-350 Econoline Van with a 7.3 Liter Turbo Engine.
I have been adviced by the mechanic that did the job, that I can safely drive the car. However, I am afraid that the tip (3 cm / 1.2 inch) will fall down into the prechamber and then into the cylinder and ruin the engine.
I have read a tip that someone was able to remove the Tip of the GP through the injector inlet using a magnet / compressed air & suction.
See "Glow plug removal article"
I am hestitant to remove the head to get the GP tip out: The space is cramped on the Econoline, and if a bolt is stuck I can end up having to take the engine out (!!!).
1) The car starts fine with 7 OK glow plugs: Should I leave the broken GP tip in the hole? Is this safe ?
2) Is it really possible to get the GP tip out the injector inlet hole?
Please apologize if I am using akward terms, as I am not native american!