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Old 15 Mar 2011, 10:56 am
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I hope someone can help me with this dilemma. I went to replace my spark plugs but when pulling the boots they separated around the plug leaving part of the boot there. Because of this I can't get the socket around the plug. Has anyone else had this problem, and how did you get the rubber out? My PT is a 2003 non-turbo.
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Old 15 Mar 2011, 11:57 am
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Default Re: Torn spark plug boots

Im pretty sure this is a commom problem just take a long small flat blade scredriver go to where the boot is still on the plug push the screwdrive into that area and either rip the rest of the boot or breat it loose and then use a long needle nose pliers to get it out off the plug its pretty esay and the old boots tear pretty easy just put on a new NON factory set and rock on
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Old 15 Mar 2011, 11:59 am
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Default Re: Torn spark plug boots

Remove the rubber from inside the spark plug socket, or try to bend a stout wire to 'hook' what remains of the plug wire insulator.

IIRC, plug hex's deep in an even-more shrouded area of well.

Use a vacuum, etc to remove debris. Snap-on and other tool manufacturers
sell extra deep-deep wells.

Congrats for taking this on!!!!!!! Car wrenching is ALWAYS unforeseen problems, it's really about overcoming obstacles.
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Old 16 Mar 2011, 10:03 pm
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You could also try a larger socket that would fit very snugly onto the remains of the boot. To size it, use one of your old boots that did not stick to the plug. Find a socket that fits the boot real snug. Then press the oversize socket onto the boot remains, twist and loosen, and hopefully the boot will come up--or at least loosen. Try various socket sizes to lift the boot, if necessary.

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Old 18 Mar 2011, 08:28 am
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And after you get it out, Dielectric grease on the new boots - in & out (just not on contact), and a dab of anti-seize on the plug threads.
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