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Broke a Spark Plug Tube

Hi all,
I;m doing a 120k service on my '01 Boxster & have broken a spark plug tube.
Do I need to drain & refill the oil now?
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Shouldn't I worry about the pieces that broke out?
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Which pieces? Plastic in general is not something to be too terribly concerned about in the engine (as opposed to metal pieces). It will eventually make it's way to the sump probably after it's chopped up by the metal moving parts of the engine. I might not remove the cover to go looking for it because the cover may end up leaking afterwards, and it's in general a pretty difficult task to do with the engine in the car.

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That makes me very nervous. I was quite happy at how clean the oil filter looked today.
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This is what the tube looks like. that seems like a lot of plastic in the cam housing.
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You could always lock out the cams and remove the cam cover as the piece is most likely laying in the bottom of the head. Reseal, reassemble and release the cams and your off...
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Great....I need to get rid of this car.
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Great....I need to get rid of this car.
Any higher end performance car is going to be a tad difficult to deal with.With the possible exception of a Corvette. But I had a friend that owned one of those. And it was not perfect by any means. Ask anyone with a Ferrari, Austin, etc. Hell the Triumph Spitfire owned at one point in my life was a handful. If that problem is going to kill you? Then, Yes. getting rid of it may be a good idea. Buy a Honda Civic and see if it puts a smile on your face when you drive it? Not trying to give you a hard time. Just fix it and move on. Or have it fixed. Then buy that Honda.
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I have a special tool that I made to remove the tubes, have changed probably 30 sets of tube o-rings with it, can have the tubes out in about 30 seconds once the coils are out......
Maybe I should start selling it........
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Randy, I have owned Porsche's prior to this one. I know what it means. I'm just getting tired of the stress & worry.

Bell, I can remove the tubes, my issue is the broken piece of plastic that fell into the cam housing.

Thanks for trying to be helpful guys, I appreciate it But this seems to be taking up too much of my weekend time, not the cars fault, but mine.
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You could try a shopvac and a clear plastic hose and feed it in the empty tube hole.... you might get lucky and hook to it.
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Randy, I have owned Porsche's prior to this one. I know what it means. I'm just getting tired of the stress & worry.

Bell, I can remove the tubes, my issue is the broken piece of plastic that fell into the cam housing.

Thanks for trying to be helpful guys, I appreciate it But this seems to be taking up too much of my weekend time, not the cars fault, but mine.
Check out my diary of a high milage 1999 Boxster and see what I have been through. If you have owned a Porsche. Then you know. fFx the problem and move on. I wish nothing but the best for ya buddy. You'll get it figured out.
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If you look at a photo of what is under the spark plug tubes, you have the cams and the lifters. I suppose in the worst case scenario, the piece of plastic can clog one of the oil passages, but the odds of that are probably not too high. I think it will work itself into the sump eventually. Removal of the cover in order to go find it is of course be the "correct" thing to do. But, that is not a terribly easy procedure, and then you will have to reseal the cam cover under the car. There's no gasket so you will have to clean out the entire seam and then reseal it. If you don't get it 100%, then the cam cover will leak oil. So you have to pick your poison...

If it were my car, I might just risk it and see if it makes it to the sump. But then again, I have spare engines whereas most people do not.

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use a 3/4" threaded pipe nipple from lowes to get the tubes out.
Just saying for the next guy that is thinking of doing this work.
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Brian, what did you end up doing with the broken spark plug tube problem.
After getting all the parts needed from Pelican, I ran in to the same situation this weekend and I'm now stressing out. The broken piece is about an 1"x1/3".
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I wound up leaving it as is. I have since dome an oil change & found nothing in the oil or the filter.
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Thank you so much for replying. Obviously your engine is still intact right?
I'll probably end up doing the same thing.

For others that might follow this thread:

1.) follow what steveng1993 suggested: use a 3/4" threaded pipe to take out the tubes
2.) remove/unscrew the O2 sensor connector, this will ease the removal of the far end spark plugs and tubes.
3.) use gloves, there can be some sharp edges under there; I ended up slipping the torque wrench while loosening or tightening and hit my knuckles to the point that I had a few scratches afterwards.
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