How to remove the #3 spark plug that is stripped/broken on a 2001 malibu?

Asked by Jan 07, 2014 at 01:32 AM about the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have tried to remove the #3 spark plug from my 2001 Malibu, with no results. It is very
hard to get to that particular spark plug because there is not much room between the
fire wall and cylinder. I somehow broke the top off and the bottom of the spark plug is
cracked in half. I tried different tools but still won't come out. There is not enough
clearance in the area of the #3 spark plug to fit a drill in there or any other kind of tool.
Please help, it's the only car I have, plus I have no money and I know just a enough
about cars, to keep mine from going to an auto-repar shop. I was trying to change the
plugs for a smog check, which is now past due.

2 Answers

21,085

first you have to get the broken pieces out of your way, blow air, or suction,pick tool, ect, then soak remaining spark plug with penetrating oil, fit socket over plug metal nut, work loose by left and right turning with the correct socket and drive wrenches it should unscrew, what's left of it.

45

The only way to reach #3 plug. Is to loosen the altenator and pull it forward or loosen the motor mounts and rock the engine forward I went thru the same thing with my 99 malibu

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