Nancy P

February, 20, 2007 AT 7:42 PM

My vehicle is a 1987 Mitsubishi Montero (under the Dodge Raider name) - the original Raider which was a 2-door Montero. It has 210,000 miles on it and has a 2.6, 4 cylinder engine.

I recently took my vehicle into a shop (one that I never used before but came highly recommended to me) to find out why my car was running so rough. The mechanics decided to start by looking at my spark plugs and one of the guys managed to break off the plug. Another mechanic told me that he could not get it out and told me that he would spray a lubricant on it and informed me that I would have to leave the car overnight.I guess to see if the lubricant would help loosen the remainder of the plug. I was told the next day that they still could not get the plug out and so they used some sort of extractor tool and managed to break off that tool also and left a piece of it in my engine. I did find someone to help me get the piece of the extractor out but the coils of my old plug are still stuck in the engine. A couple of people told me that it might be possible to get that piece out if they used a torch to heat up the engine. I don't know if I want them to do that however for a few reasons but am wondering if it would be possible to use an industrial heat gun to loosen that part. At this point, all I want is to get the car running again without spending a lot of money on repairs. Would using a heat gun work on this situation? Any other suggestions?

2 Answers


Service Writer

February, 20, 2007 AT 8:58 PM

Plugs haven't been changed in a while huh?

If the threads are in the cylinder, the pieces may be small enough the put a tube into the cylinders and vacuum them out. May have to pull the head.



February, 21, 2007 AT 5:16 AM

Hey nancy
Its common practice to use a torch to heat ONLY the broken part of the spark plug to try to extract it. I say this because the head is aluminum and should not be heated excessively. I would recommend this. If you/they are unable to remove it then a head removal/machine shop is your only other option, which can be quite expensive. Let me know!


p.S. The heat gun will not generate enough heat to break down the corrosion/rust that has frozen the plug in the head.

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