Here is my broken spark plug.
The porcelain is not letting the 'easy out' do its job.
How can I take it out?

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  • Welcome to Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair! I'm wondering why you're trying to use an easy out when it appears the hex portion of the spark plug is still intact? What is stopping you from putting a socket on what is left and pulling it out? Nov 16, 2019 at 19:47
  • Its stripped its completely round that's why I can't take it out Nov 16, 2019 at 21:17
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    Use a six sided socket. Since the porcelain is gone, you don't need a deepwell. Leaves a lot more options for you. Nov 16, 2019 at 21:21
  • @Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 - Aren't spark plug sockets (the task specific deep ones with the cushion inside) typically 6 sided? The OP should be primarily concerned with using the correct size of 6 sided socket.
    – user16128
    Jan 29, 2020 at 7:07
  • @Jeeped ... I think that is sort of implied? Jan 29, 2020 at 19:29

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Get a square-cut "easy out", soak the plug in penetrating oil and let sit for a few minutes. Drive the easy-out into the plug shell and remove. It should take anywhere from 7-15ft-lbs of torque to remove, but can be significantly higher if the plug is frozen. It also helps (if you can) to move the cylinders to bottom-dead travel and be careful not to drive the easy-out into the cylinder.

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    Don’t you mean “pistons” rather than “cylinders”
    – HandyHowie
    Nov 17, 2019 at 10:53

If you use the socket style bolt removing easy out set they sell at Napa. I think that would be the best way. They sell for $35 for a set of 5. But then your not driving any tool into your heads and potentially making a already bad situation worse. Driving a easy out into a cylnder head is a bad idea and sounds a little impulsive. Take your time slow down an use the rite tool for the situation. Sounds like rushing things might be what got you in this position to begin with. But again I would do everything I could to avoid smashing any thing in the head of my truck. I'm sure it could work and you might pull it out without any noticable damage to your truck but i Can not see in any way this working and not dropping some kind of crap into the cylnder and that causes damage to rings, valves , heads, pistons and what not. Any way you probibly allready found a solution I was just hoping to save someone from taking the driving a easy out advise and potentially running there head and there day

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