Sparkplug problems

Tiny
DOITRIGHT
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I have a '96 Honda accord with 255000 miles. It started missing and I checked the plugs. One plug wiire had completely popped off. I took out the plug and noticed the electrode had broken off plus the ceramic portion had broken off half way inside the bottom portion of the plug. I plan to get a magnet and see if I can find any metal shavings, but what about the ceramic portion that broke off? Are they still sitting on top of the piston? Disentegrated or what.

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Monday, February 12th, 2007 AT 10:33 PM

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Tiny
GARFIELD
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Use a vaccum to suck the broke parts out of the opening before you try and remove the plug.
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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 AT 5:25 AM
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BRUCE HUNT
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Garfield is correct. I would use a shop vac and make an adapter to reduce the hose to tube capable of fitting in to the hole. Even if it won't suck the part up it should have enough suction to hold an object on the tip.

Good luck!
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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 AT 8:30 AM
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RASMATAZ
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You have been given a good advice is to how to take it out. Now here's my do or die-leave the plug out, put 2 tbl spn oil in it and crank the engine over maybe it might come out with it.

Or take a chance again with the valve overlap-meaning the time the intake and exhaust valve opens for a short period of time. Am not worry about the ceramic, it'll burn off, but the electrode is the question.

Good LUck!
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Wednesday, February 14th, 2007 AT 4:58 AM
Tiny
DOITRIGHT
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Thanks for all the replies. I did make a suction with my shop vac and didn't notice anything coming out. I also took a magnet to see if I would find any shavings but still came up empty. I replaced all the plugs. The Honda started up fine and is running great. I do plan to change the oil. Maybe some of the reminants from the plug will come out in the drain, or maybe not. I really appreciate the assistance.
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Wednesday, February 14th, 2007 AT 11:36 AM
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BRUCE HUNT
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You may have avoided a problem. Remember, that system tries to clear itself out the exhaust. Something small can be swept out the valve and down the exhaust system. That is my only fear that the items left would get stuck in a valve and harm one of them but it appears to have blown free. Good job!
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Thursday, February 15th, 2007 AT 10:47 AM

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