Cylinder #2 mssfire - 2010 Corolla
So, a few days ago that error code popped up - which also made the VSC OFF light come on and the car+swirvy light... anyway, I then tried to remove the spark plug and since I did not have a socket extension I could not get in deep enough so I put the ignition coil back in, well, the next morning no more lights or codes... but I thought I would try and check the plug anyway.. so I got all the tools needed and a new spark plug (denso)... so here I am and neither a 9/16 or a 14mm socket will loosen the plug in the engine...
When I turn the wrench, it just seems to try to strip the plug... do I need to warm the engine up a little? am I using the wrong socket size? also, I don't have a magnetic socket lol... so it seems like even if I did losen it how would i get it out.. This has become such a ongoing saga, not to mention 3 auto part stores did not have the plug this car needs so that added on a day and a half to it all.
get a proper size spark plug socket...this is delicate business...you'd KNOW if the spark plug threads are stripped by feel~...okay spark plug sockets have a rubber foamy type dealiebob to hold the nose of the plug...so it won't slip and the ceramic shatter on the concrete~ make sure that you use a PROPER size spark plug socket....also there is a "crush gasket" that once it is crushed will have done the job...no more tightening is needed~ don't warm the engine unless you want burnt fingers on the manifold~
Thank you for the reply. I have a 5/8 "spark plug socket" of course that is way too big for this car, so it's of no use. I'll check the auto parts stores for a 14mm or 9/16 spark plug socket. If I cannot find a spark plug socket for this size of spark plug, wouldn't a strong magnet do the trick to pull out the plug in the engine once it's loosened... good luck to me on loosening it, maybe i'll find a socket that fits these plugs more securely.
there are the two sparkplug sizes...you've obviously got the smaller size...if there's junk in there (oil from the head) take a little brake cleaner on a soft cloth to get that out of there~
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