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    Default CX spark plugs - undoing and removing

    Yeah, I know this is probably a stupid question covered somewhere else on the forum but, I did a search and came up with nothing.
    I tried my 1/2 inch drive spark plug socket with the rubber bung inside but, it doesn't fit in the tube. I have a t handle remover and, it undoes them but leaves them down in the hole. I got real clever and made a rubber bung for the t-handle but that didn't work. I do not have a tube spanner the right size but, that would not bring the plug out either...


    Anybody? - help would be much appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by WRB View Post
    Yeah, I know this is probably a stupid question covered somewhere else on the forum but, I did a search and came up with nothing.
    I tried my 1/2 inch drive spark plug socket with the rubber bung inside but, it doesn't fit in the tube. I have a t handle remover and, it undoes them but leaves them down in the hole. I got real clever and made a rubber bung for the t-handle but that didn't work. I do not have a tube spanner the right size but, that would not bring the plug out either...


    Anybody? - help would be much appreciated

    cheers

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    I have a long tube spanner that was part of the tool kit from my old DS19 Pallas. It reaches down easily and then one can just use fingers to grab the extension on the spark plug and lift it out!
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    Have you got some needle nose pliers? Should be able to reach the plugs.
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    The extensions needed with the original style leads make a regular socket a problem, so a box spanner is the go. Long-nose pliers may work, but an inch of rubber tub one the end of a screwdriver is enough to let you lift them out and screw them back in to a finger tight stage.

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    If they have the extensions on them, you should be able to reach them with your fingers. If they don't I suggest you get some and put the system back standard. To undo them you need a tube spanner or a good spark plug spanner meant for French engines of this type. Mine which I bought for my first Peugeot 403 is still doing the job fine.
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    Thanks for the advice guys - I will give the extended magnet first - looks like a good suggestion. I can replace them with the t-Bar. The really embarrassing thing about this is that, I owned a CX around 10 years ago and had no problem with them....

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    A piece of 3/8 ( I think) fuel hose does the trick also

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    I use the plug cap undo the plug, put the plug cap back on, plug comes out

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    Thank all,
    got them out with an extention magnet.

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