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Old 08-05-2004, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

This is an embarrassing question, and not quite a BMW issue, but thought you guys might be able to help. used I was replacing spark plugs in a v6 minivan, and one of the plugs at the back is pretty hard to get to, and is buried pretty deep. I managed to unscrew the thing, but it fell off the tool and is now inside the well. Now.....access is VERY limited, no space to use pliers etc. This is at the back, not enough space to even use a mirror to look what's up there!. Any ideas guys? Have you heard of this before, do you know of any tool which can retrieve the damn thing?

P.S. - The Bimmer's all safe and sound....lol

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Do you have one of those telscoping magnets?
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Don't most spark plug sockets have a rubber sleeve in them? At any rate, I would find one that does have the sleeve, and just monkey around with the spark well until you can get the plug out. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
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ahh yes....I've rebuilt several FWD v6 minivans...not fun at all! I would just get a magnet and poke around until you find it. If you can't fit a mirror back there or crawl underneath and have access to that area..that's really your only hope unless you feel like removing the heads. Good luck.
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i hated working in my moms minivan for my dad! my automotive education...kinda.

my advice is to flip that bread box over and rock it a little bit. it should do the trick...

really though, the magnet is a good idea, but is the end of the plug metal, or aluminimum????

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Old 08-05-2004, 12:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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thanks for the response guys, I haven't tried the magnet thing. Do you think the rear end of a spark plug has enough metal to attach itself to a magnet? I did have a proper spark plug tool with the rubber sleeve, but I guess it still fell off while I was turning and twisting the thing in the confined space.

I think I will "monkey around" some more with a magnet tonight. Will keep you updated!!

thanks again.
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Try sticking a blob of chewing gum to the end of your ratchet extension and see if you can get the plug to stick to it. I've used this technique before for screws that fell into hard to reach areas.
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thanks for the response guys, ...but I guess it still fell off while I was turning and twisting the thing in the confined space...

maybe somebody needs to leave the job to somebody that knows what they're doing?

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Don't most spark plug sockets have a rubber sleeve in them? At any rate, I would find one that does have the sleeve, and just monkey around with the spark well until you can get the plug out. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
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yeah,

I did try using double sided tape on the end of a metal rod, no luck.

Thanks for the mean comments Torontodude, Guys I know this dude, he works with me, and you know what he drives........................a Celica.......yikes!!!!!!!!
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yeah,

I did try using double sided tape on the end of a metal rod, no luck.

Thanks for the mean comments Torontodude, Guys I know this dude, he works with me, and you know what he drives........................a Celica.......yikes!!!!!!!!
Eraj..I"m shocked that you would deny everybody the truth..tell them about your secret life as Honda Civic owner!!

The other day you were pretty proud driving in around in that souped up vtec thing..in fact you were dropped out the window doin' one of these if I remember correctly..

Oh..and the bimmer is your daughters car, so stop playin' with these guys already
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k..joking aside..Eraj is a standup guy... I'm just playin with EW buddy ...nice site btw guys
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Ha, Ha, Ha...very funny

Well, anybody who wants to wring this guy's neck, catch hime driving a blue, stupid looking ricer Celica on 14th august at the wild water kingdom in Toronto. They have some kinda ricer get-together, probably to lick their collective wounds inflicted by bimmers during the last year!!

(Actually he's okay, just hates to see my bimmer sparkle next to his wanna be Celika peace of crap!)

Enough of this now!
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what year and model celica is it? I had a 5th gen 92 GT 5spd about 2 years ago. It was a great car.
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lol..you don't play well with others eh? s'ok..but for those of you interseted...we have over 30 GTA area clubs attending the event, including Porsche & Ferrari , along with C7 Performance (that's my club- Canada's largest Celica club)..it's gonna be professionally staged with DJ, Catered lunch...and hot models..

$21 gets you into Wild Water Kingdom, 1/4 pound hamburger, pop & chips, and parking...all covered or 1 low price..

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we're the same group that put together last years C7 Fall Tour with over 300 cars that drove up to HOckley Valley ...

if you guys do consider coming...come in droves!! We want to see as many cars out as possible..we have TONS of room and we'll be in a priority location for all the public to see...

Hope to see bimmer-folk come out and represent

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