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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:16 pm    Post subject:  Spark plug boot puller question Reply with quote

I have been searching around as I plan on finally replacing my stock plugs and plug wires. They have 110k on them, so I am anticipating a craptacular experience. To make this less painful I want to get a spark plug boot puller and found several options. Can anyone tell me which of these is what I should be getting?




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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:17 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

we waited to long on my old explorer to changed plugs and all 8 of them got fused to the cylinder head, it was fun!!!!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Just grab the heatshields, twist, and pull. It's not that big a deal if you're replacing them.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:33 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Prepare to curse the middle rear one....

I reccommend just taking the rear 02 sensor out altogether, makes it easier imo. If you don't already know, take off the stb, and rock the engine forward. Fronts are easy. I took the rubber pieces of the plug wire pullers, gives them a better grip. If you plan on keeping the wires, that may not be a good idea though, it kinda chews them up. I used the one like the bottom, but it had rubber pieces on them......

They were easier on my wifes gp, less heat in it I guess. The first time I did the imps, it took a while, they were backed on there....
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:40 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I just ordered some PRJ wires, so I'm not concerned about the old ones. My main concern is limiting the number of four letter words required to get the job done. Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:49 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Those pullers aren't going to help any, IMO. And the rear middle isn't the most annoying to me. It's #2 (rear, furthest to the passenger side). Power steering lines get in your way.

Just grab and pull. If you're lucky you'll end up like me: Laughing



Boot and wire pulled off of it.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:50 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Wow... that sucks. Did you end up trimming that down and slipping a socket over the whole mess?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:54 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I think I grabbed it with pliers and pulled it off. My advice is have some mechanics gloves and go at it. Even if you don't have some, buy them. They're more useful than plug boot pullers.

You'll have no need for the pullers with the PRJs.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:58 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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You'll have no need for the pullers with the PRJs.


That's exactly why I sold the stock wires I had intended to use and got PRJs instead. I figured since I want to do some other engine work later on I didn't want to deal with pulling the stock wires off again.

Did you use dielectric grease with the PRJs?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:01 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I have a pair of #3, although for leverage, I've always wondered if #1 would be better. Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:03 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Did you use dielectric grease with the PRJs?


Yes. Any time you pull the wires off their posts (be it plug end or coil pack end) coat the stud in dielectric grease. Keeps them from corroding together. All I had to do was lightly but firmly tug on the PRJs and they pulled off.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:06 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Good to know. I'll be sure to pick some up before tackling this project. I really want to Seafoam the engine before I swap the plugs, but I live across the street from a fire department... I'm afraid I might send them running if my car is a smoker. Laughing

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It's not illegal to SeaFoam. And you'll get a freshly washed engine bay out of it. Do it. Do it. Do it. Do it.. Mr. Green

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:15 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I have articulating boot pullers - the head can rotate from straight to 90 degrees, plus a variety of angles in between. I haven't used them on a W-body, but I used them on the old '97 Cutlass (N-body) we had with the 3.1L and on my 2001 Silverado (5.3L).

I actually bought them for the truck. The boots kept twisting and flexing, so the bottom stayed fused to the spark plugs. They had been on there for 80k+ miles, and 3 came apart during removal. I don't remember what I did, but the pullers definitely helped. I don't remember them being quite as vital on the Cutlass, but I do remember using them to grab at the rear wires. The fact that the head articulates was important for the rears though.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:42 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Just grab the heatshields, twist, and pull. It's not that big a deal if you're replacing them.



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Gap was >0.080", should be 0.060 & was giving random misfire cel.
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