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Old 02-08-2010, 07:36 PM
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Broken Glow Plug - Picture Attached HELP !!! Thank you

Evening, Have a 96 F250 7.3L with about 250,000 miles on it that after driving it to Chicago this past Christmas wouldn't start when cold. After advising with a few shops I was told that I should replace all the glow plugs along with the relay while I was at it. All was going great until I came to the last plug. The top portion came out but left the bottom half along with a small portion stuck in the hole. I am guessing that due to carbon build up it is why it is stuck? I am still able to grab the portion sticking up but VERY NERVOUS that if I continue to play with it that I may either damage the hole or drop the stuck plug into the engine. Any advise on how to proceed would be a great help. Is there any magic trick to pull out the portion that is still in the engine... any special anti-carbon spray, or tool to remove this? If I do have to take it to a shop what should I expect to pay ? Ya'll all are great, thank you for taking a little of your time to help guide me.

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Old 02-08-2010, 07:46 PM
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I have been here before... I have had two plugs stuck at once. One of them I got out by spraying oven degeaser on it. Let soak for 5 mins and pulled it out with a pair of needle noses. The second one there was no such luck and I had to pull the head and retieve it that way. Good luck. Keep us posted.
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Thank you !!, will give a try with the oven degreaser tomorrow. If the unthinkable happens how hard would it be for a novice to pull the head ?
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Thank you !!, will give a try with the oven degreaser tomorrow. If the unthinkable happens how hard would it be for a novice to pull the head ?
Since you are already into it this far, pulling the head wont be too bad at all. Make sure you buy a good quality Oven soaking agent. Spend the extra few bucks and get the good stuff.
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oh, and I used a set of needle nosed that had the extra bend on the the head of the pliers....seemed to help when trying to fish around down there.
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Right on, thank you once again ! Will post tomorrow evening how it all turned out.
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You might also try aerokroil that stuff is awsome it penetrates great and has a low flash point
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