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Spark Plug Wrench

What are you guys using to get your spark plugs out? I've looked on our host's website but I don't seem to find anything special. I've only changed mine a couple of times...Once when the engine was out and another time that took me 6 f'ing hours. I have a good supply of mechanic's tools, including swivel heads, etc., but nothing seemed to help...And I'll be damned if I'm going to take another 6 hours to take those POS out, again!

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factory wrench

Iv'e had the best luck with the wrench that comes with the factory tool kit. Philip
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I don't have one of the factory wrenches. Any other options?
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Quite a few threads about this topic in the 911 forum . . . here's a good one -


Ultimate spark plug installation / removal tool?
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I currently use a 3/8" drive plug socket and 2 extensions taped together (the ultimate shade-tree mechanic solution). Make sure the socket has either the rubber insert, or is magnetized to hold the plug.
At one point in my life, with my first air-cooled Porsche, I was using a 1/2" drive socket that was too damn fat to fit into the holes in the valve covers. So, with a steady hand and too-tree beers, I whittled the socket down on my bench grinder so it would fit. That was many moons ago; I'm much more sophisticated these days (wellll......?)
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Buy a used tool kit. It really does not get any better then the factory spark plug socket and allen key, incredibly simple design. Years ago when I asked the same question I thought the guy was crazy with his response until I tried it. 30yrs later still amazes me....
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The factory tool does work very well. It doesn't work with the plugs I am running these day (Bosch FR5-DTC) as the hex size is smaller. I don't have any problem using a regular deep socket and the appropriate length extension. During installation you have to be gentle to insure the plug doesn't fall out of the socket during "insertion." This tool set up provides enough "feel" so that I can tell when the plug is engaging properly with the threads on the head. For removal, the plug won't stay in the socket after unscrewing. I simply use a magnet to retrieve the plug from the hole...NBD.
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This is the tool which I use. I purchased it on ebay for $13. The end is made to fit a 3/8 drive ratchet. I see one on Ebay now. Philiphttp://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-PORSCHE-944-ORIGINAL-SPARK-PLUG-TOOL-KLEIN-21-/290710750728?hash=item43afb60608&item=290710750728&pt=Motors_Automotive_Tools&vxp=mtr
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I love this guy... It doesn't have the length adjustment which can help but it has a little clip inside that holds the spark plug just enough so it doesn't fall out but also allows you to pull it off once it is tight and in there... works brilliantly. You will have to play with extensions and swivels but works nice.

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