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Old March 8th, 2015, 03:53 PM   #1
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Trouble changing spark plug

I ran into some trouble today when pulling the coil pack off the spark plug underneath the gas tank. The plastic part that goes down into the engine came off fine but the rubber housing remained stuck to the spark plug, I assume. I tried pulling it out off the spark plug with needle nose pliers but it just pulled the rubber apart in small pieces and scratched the inside where the coil pack goes. What should my next step be? I had no trouble removing the other spark plug before removing the gas tank and attempting the other. Did I cause much more damage by trying to remove it with pliers and now need to replace the entire coil pack? Is this also a common problem or did I do something wrong?
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Old March 9th, 2015, 11:42 PM   #2
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Damn. Sorry to hear that. Interested as I plan to do my 9000 mile service soon.

So, how was pulling the tank to get at the engine? A tech told me there are some finicky fasteners but overall not too bad.
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Old March 10th, 2015, 12:26 PM   #3
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Can you see any corrosion around? Or do you have a chance to make a picture?

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Old March 10th, 2015, 01:22 PM   #4
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I've seen this before. The rubber sticks to the plug. They should have been installed with silicone grease.

Shouldn't have happened on such a new bike. It usually happens with higher mileage cars.
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Old March 12th, 2015, 12:31 PM   #5
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Well after many hours of frustration and calling my local dealer for help I was S.O.L., so I though, except for bringing it in for them to fix it. I then stumbled upon a car forum this morning and it said that a wire hanger does wonders. The first thing I did after getting home from school was cut a wire hanger to a point and bend it at a ninety degree angle. This allowed me to get underneath the rubber and pull it out! I was so happy when I saw it coming up! Problem fixed.
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Old March 12th, 2015, 12:34 PM   #6
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I can't figure out how to attach multiple pictures on an iPad so I'm doing it individually.
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Old March 12th, 2015, 12:36 PM   #7
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Before I could get it out, this is what it looked like.
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Old March 12th, 2015, 01:18 PM   #8
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Thank you for the info, i have on question did put some silicone grease around the rubber after you change the spark plug or you use your new tool only next time?

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Old March 12th, 2015, 01:42 PM   #9
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No, I didnt put any on. I would have if I had some though. I'll just keep my wire hanger in the tool box.
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so, does a normal socket fight around that rubber shield? I've never pulled plugs on a bike and that looks odd in the installed pic.
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