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Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 11:11 am 
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Hey all, i was recently changing the spark plugs in my XF falcon. All of them go in well, except for the last one does not want to screw in. I spent over an hour trying to work it out as I need to get the last plug in. Has anyone else had this problem, if so any help at all would be great

Thanks, Sam :)
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Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 12:31 pm 
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have you tried using a different plug? and see if that one will screw into another cylinder?
should tell you then if its a head problem or a plug problem

 

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Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 1:42 pm 
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dont force it, last thing u want to do is ruin the heads thread, spray some wd-40 on the hole to dislodge any grime as it screws in.

 

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Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:45 pm 
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Alright, i've come to the conclusion that its the thread thats rooted :( Where oo i go from here?
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Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:24 pm 
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You remove the cyl head and take it to a machinist to be fixed.

 

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Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:50 pm 
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carefully rethread it using a air-compressor, grease and a vacuum or whatever to stop crap getting in the cylinder then.......helicoil!

OR

try getting it in knowing its stuffed with a little thread locker,
Then zip tie the lead on tightly and make sure the lead itself is secured.
cos if she goes pop.. she'll dent ya bonnet.
This is just a patch up if you need to use the car and want to pause the repair for a while.

 

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Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:54 pm 
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and if you use the first method, and let bits of metal filing fall in, your probably gonna destroy your engine so take good care.

 

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Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:58 pm 
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whereabouts in Adelaide are ya? May be able to organise some help!

 

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Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:01 am 
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Hey thanks alot for all your help guys, appreciate it :) Just managed to get it to screw in with some very minor tapping/hammering whilst screwing in. Seems to go in and out fine now, so i'll see how we go :)

Thanks again, Sam :)
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Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:29 pm 
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Ah run it on 5 cylinders :P
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Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2006 11:58 pm 
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I was running the EBII on 5's for a coulple of days this week as a result of #6 plug failing due to a leak in the head gasket as was common on all alloy head type of engines.

I ended up replacing all the plugs after running the motor for a couple of days & the old chemiweld trick that buys you some time.

When I replaced the plugs I put some loctite 711 antisize grease on the threads of the plugs in the hope that it wont be a bugger to remove them in the future, especially the #6 plug that I alway have problems with.

 

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