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View Poll Results: Spark Plug Socket/Broken Spark Plug
Used spark plug socket, no broken plugs 9 31.03%
Used spark plug socket, at least 1 broken plug 11 37.93%
Didn't use spark plug socket, no broken plugs 6 20.69%
Didn't use spark plug socket, at least 1 broken plug 3 10.34%
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default Spark plug change poll, did you use spark plug socket

Ok I have a suspicion that people breaking plugs are not using a spark plug socket

Just to be clear, by broken I mean the piece left behind in the head in the 5.4 3v engines

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So post up, and vote. Also if you used the old fuel line in the socket trick mark it as using a spark plug socket

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Oh that's an interesting thought you have.... I wonder how many don't use the plug socket
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Being that its not a standard 5/8 or 13/16 spark plug socket I am willing to bet most dont use the correct socket and end up breaking the porcelain
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Besides the rubber insert why would it matter? As long you are square on the plug I wouldn't think it would matter. Will be interesting to see the results. Didn't use the plug socket and broke 2 on a motor with 59k and broke 8 on a motor with 130k. TSB followed.
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I made my own socket with a regular deap well 9/16's socket that I glued a peice of 1/4" ID rubber hose into. Got about 6 bucks into it.
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Besides the rubber insert why would it matter? As long you are square on the plug I wouldn't think it would matter. Will be interesting to see the results. Didn't use the plug socket and broke 2 on a motor with 59k and broke 8 on a motor with 130k. TSB followed.
Keeps the socket straight so you dont put any side loads to the porcelain.

This is just a little experiment im trying, have always wondered if there was any sort of relation
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Besides the rubber insert why would it matter? As long you are square on the plug I wouldn't think it would matter. Will be interesting to see the results. Didn't use the plug socket and broke 2 on a motor with 59k and broke 8 on a motor with 130k. TSB followed.
The type of breakage that is prevented by using a spark plug socket isnt the kind of breakage you are talking about. A spark plug socket it meant to prevent cracking the plug that is exposed outside of the engine. I learned the hard way to use a spark plug socket when I was younger after I cracked 2 of my brand plugs on my ranger when I was installing them. When youre working in tight spaces its very easy to slip and put too much side load on the plug and break it.
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Just to be clear, by broken I mean the piece left behind in the head in the 5.4 3v engines
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Just to be clear, by broken I mean the piece left behind in the head in the 5.4 3v engines
Correct, that is a totally different issue. A spark plug socket will not prevent that.

BTW, Im changing the plugs on my 05 as we speak, 4 plugs down and no broken yet! knock on wood. On to the PS bank now.
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