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Old 05-05-2018, 07:20 PM   #11
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Are you planning to remove the head? That's a lot of work. You'll need to look at some head gasket DIYs to get an idea of what's involved, and decide if it's something you want to do.
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Old 05-05-2018, 08:32 PM   #12
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Ok, donít judge me, but I got the valve cover off. I am not cut out for this. I am worried I am going to break something. I just donít see what to do next.
No judging, it takes a big person to know when they are in over there head. Take a deep breath and call around to some shops and see if you can have it towed in. I would ask around and try to find a reputable small shop that is trusted by your friends and neighbors. Good luck
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Whatever you decide to do, good luck. A machine shop should be able to take care of your head no problem. The head on these is pretty straightforward to remove, but there are a few idiosyncrasies to be aware of. The problem is all the extra work it entails, like if you haven't done your timing chain/water pump yet it's probably a good idea. The EGR valve is also kind of a bastard to get unhooked too. I've got some pictures kicking around from when I had mine off a couple years ago. I'd be happy to post them up here if you'd like.

Again, it's hard to just remove the head. There's so much other stuff you might as well do while it's out in the open.
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Well, I feel accomplished and defeated at the same time. I was able to get #4 out with a 9/16 extractor with hardly any effort. #2 is the b1tch, porcelain just wont come out... there is a little of the sparkplug threads I can get needle nose on but just cant get a grip... soaking with PB now and tomorrow and try again.

I did get the valve cover gasket replaced and ready to reinstall... Still thinking about getting LBR to a shop for the rest if I cant get it done tomorrow.
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If you can get a chisel in the hole, you could try tapping the spark plug in the direction it should come out. Do not tap hard. It should not need a lot of force to remove it. Rather, just lots of little taps, making it slowly turn in a circle.

If you decide to take the head off, it would probably run less than 50 bucks for a machine shop to extract it. If you go to a mechanic shop, though, you're going to be paying the tow fee (75), labor to remove the head (150), and a surcharge on them taking it to the machine shop (100).
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Patience and the right tool and technique and it will come out. Don’t give up.
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Heat cycle the plug base with a torch. You don’t have to heat it much. Heating it will make it expand and let some of the penetrating oil work between the threads when it cools and contracts.
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***UPDATE***

I fought the sparkplug and I WIN!

I took a drill and a 3/8” long drill bit and went very slow at a slight angle making sure NOT to bore through the entire porcelain. I then put the drill in reverse and applied pressure at a different angle and it bit the sides of the sparkplug and it broke loose.

I can tell you that the “soaking with PB” was the ticket! Thanks to all... Kellybig, you were right, patience and the right tool, kinda!!
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one last thing... putting LBR back together and when I was taking the air filter housing off, this plug was found not connected to anything... What is it and where does it go?

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one last thing... putting LBR back together and when I was taking the air filter housing off, this plug was found not connected to anything... What is it and where does it go?

I've got a little cup mounted in my engine bay close to where you say yours is (holding a bit of rat poison for anything that gets under my hood and wants a snack).


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Mine is hard to see now, but you might be able to verify if this is the general location or not.

If it is one of the 2-wire connections like shown below (different angle where I was trying to see what went on top of where the cup is mounted now), it goes to your O2 sensor.


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