2005 Ford F-150

Tiny
RAYMOPND GAGNE
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  • 2005 FORD F-150
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 105,000 MILES
Spark plug broke off below the threads and remains in the block and will not come out. Is there a tool to remove it or tap it to get it out. Thanks
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Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 AT 7:30 PM

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Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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See my profile, I helped my brother-in-law extract a plug he broke off in his truck.

I have had some machine shop experience, I am not a machinist by no means.

I will explain his situation, and you decide if this might work for you.

He was attempting to remove his plugs, while the engine was Hot.

All of them were stubborn, Because the heads were EXPANDED due to the heat (this made the spark plug holes smaller, by thousandths of an inch)

He was fighting one out, when it snapped off, below the Spark Plug SHOULDER.

The entire plug was removed EXCEPT for the THREADED PORTION (body, electrode, and porcelin(sp) was in the Craftsman socket, nothing had fallen into the compression chamber!)

THIS WHOLE DEAL WAS TEXTBOOK PERFECT!

We took another plug, and sawed off the threaded portion, Went to my heavy, half portable, toolbox (which I lugged to his house)

We proceeded to find the most SUITABLE EZ OUT----that would fit INSIDE our "TEST THREADS", from the "DONOR SPARK PLUG" INSURING the point would not go too deep and "Bottom out" on something before it grabbed the threads.

NOTE---an EZ out is a tapered. LEFT-HAND SPIRALED TOOL that you twist ---or--- GENTLY TAP and twist, into a DRILLED OUT BOLT OR, in this case basically "AN ALREADY HOLLOWED OUT BOLT!

The top of these tools (they come in various sizes) HAVE A SQUARE HEAD, the very BEST thing to couple them with is an EXTENSION, and an 8 (not 12) POINT SOCKET! (this is optimum holding power on EZ OUT)

TO CONTINUE THE STORY1st we let the engine go COMPLETLY COLD (so head would shrink, holes get Bigger!)

Since the shoulder was on our Old Removed Plug. (Yippee!) We KNEW there was NO TENSION or BINDING on the threads (thread force pulling against the shoulder, had it broke off in there too)----EXCEPTION---If the plug had been cross-threaed in, to begin with!

In other words, if we could now, put our finger on top of the threaded part in the hole, WE MIGHT COULD SPIN IT OUT EZ! (too deep for that)

I gently tapped the EZ OUT into the hole, A little CCW force on the ratchet, and with VERY little effort, IT CAME RIGHT OUT!

If you lost something of significant size, in the motor, remove the head, get it out!

The man at the parts store will help you with EZ OUT SIZING!

MEDIUM TO MASSIVE TORQUE, Determined by EZ OUT SIZE---AND YOU Will break EZ OUT OFF IN A SECOND (in the head)

Then you are sorta SCREWED, Head must come off, and off to the machine shop, you go!

SO BE SOME-WHAT GENTLE WITH YOUR RATCHET!

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOUR RESULTS ARE!

LOVE, TURDDOG

"WILLY" DOES SEEM TO STARE AT YOU, JUST DON'T TICK HIM OFF!


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Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 AT 10:19 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for your time to my question, but the plug broke off below the treads. Thanks again
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Sunday, April 4th, 2010 AT 8:39 AM
Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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Dear Sir, I must have totally misunderstood your question

I thought you meant that the threaded portion of your spark plug, remained in the engine head (stuck in the head's female threads)----and the rest of the plug is in your hand?

ORDo you mean the threaded portion of the plug, IS LAYING IN THE COMPRESSION CHAMBER NOW?

If this is the case, pull the head.

Love, Turddog
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Sunday, April 4th, 2010 AT 2:49 PM

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