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Our 1997 Golf 3 exhibited very poor running and lack of power. Changing the plugs temporarily fixed the running but then poor running returned. We tracked this back to the rotor arm which had become brittle and actually broke off in my hand. A few months later still, poor running returned and this was rectified by replacing the HT (ignition) leads. ...


It turned out that the issue was that I had disconnected the battery while working on it. The computer had apparently reset and I hadn't driven it long enough for it to reset/configure/whatevs. Once I drove it for half an hour straight, the engine started running normally again.


Invert plugs and fill cavity with oven cleaner. Let soak overnight. Clean exposed areas with wite brush. Rinse with solvent and blow dry.


Sounds to me like the plug is still in the head as normal, just with the porcelain and electrode snapped on the top end (where the ignition line attaches). If that's the case, it should be really easy to handle, you just need the exact right tool. You may need to take the manifold off to open up your workspace, but you should be able to access it with a ...


If the electrode pulled out of the plug you may be able to use an epoxy to pull out the rest of the porcelain. If not you'd have to smash it and get it out of the ground strap. Then you may be able to use an extractor kit on the ground strap. I'm pretty sure you don't have to pull the engine to remove the head. But the lower intake etc... would have to ...


Unfortunately I'll bet you've suffered what most every Ford Triton engine owner has. These engines blow plugs quite easily. There was even a class-action suit(s) at one point. You won't be able to just "rethread". You have 3 options (but really only 1) buy as many different spark plug brands as you can, and carefully torque until you find one that ...

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