Spring Stuck between spark plug and tube

Asked by Nov 10, 2016 at 03:33 PM about the 1998 Lincoln Continental 4 Dr STD Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I was changing the spark plugs and I have onew left. Problem is that one of the individual coil packs got destroyed and a piece of the spring from inside the boot, about 1/4 of an inch, broke off. Now that piece of spring is lodged between the spark plug and the tube. I can't get the plug out because the spring will not allow the socket to go down enough to grab the plug. I can't remove the tube because it is attached to the inside under the valve cover gasket. I can't get the spring out either.  

Let me tell you what I have tried:
Flat head screwdriver
phillips screwdriver
o-ring hooks (4 different kinds)
needle nose pliers
magnet
shop vac
I'm sure there are others I am not remembering HELP!!!

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An O-ring hook is what I would use, are they not long enough? Try pushing down on the socket crushing the spring to get the plug out?

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If you have access to compressed air, that might work. HTH. -Jim

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