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    Plug Wire #8 cyl

    OK--whats the secret to getting the #8 spark plug wire off? It's impossible to get my hand in there! I have replaced the other seven plugs, but I can't even get my hand in there for #8! Is there a special tool? Is there a magic solution? I have thought to just break off the plug and fish the broken piece out with a pliers. Then take out the plug and replace it with the new one.

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    Plugs/Wires LT4

    Is anybody out there? I can't be the only one with this problem!!

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    #8 is kind of a pain. I had to work from the drivers side, leaning over the top of the engine and with my left hand I was able to get into a position to work the wire off. Twisting/pulling action, so as not to damage the wire. I used a plug socket and a boxed end wrench to break it loose. and again from the drivers side/left hand I was able to work the plug out and then the new one back in. Hope this helps.

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    Plugs/Wires LT4

    Toms94--

    Thanks for the tip!! I'll try that tonight. It sounds like it worked for you, and I'm sure it will work for me. I had thought of breaking off the old plug and digging out the piece that breaks off, but I decided that there was an easier way, and you provided me that option. Thank you very much!!!

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    [quote=Toms94;720]#8 is kind of a pain. I had to work from the drivers side, leaning over the top of the engine and with my left hand I was able to get into a position to work the wire off. Twisting/pulling action, so as not to damage the wire. I used a plug socket and a boxed end wrench to break it loose. and again from the drivers side/left hand I was able to work the plug out and then the new one back in. Hope this helps.[/quote

    That's exactly how I got to mine.

    I stood on the driver's side, put a couple of heavy, folded towels on the intake manifold, then climbed up onto the intake, belly-down. Reached over, grabbed the boot and wiggled/pulled it.

    Jake

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    Plugs/Wires LT4

    JAKEJR-
    Thanks for the reply. It sounds like that is the "magic" solution I was looking for. I will try it tonight.

    By the way, there is 3 Jakes in our family. Our grandson is Jake #10! I thought for a minute my son Jake was answering my question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C2C3C4 View Post
    JAKEJR-
    Thanks for the reply. It sounds like that is the "magic" solution I was looking for. I will try it tonight.

    By the way, there is 3 Jakes in our family. Our grandson is Jake #10! I thought for a minute my son Jake was answering my question.
    Let us know how it works when you try it out tonight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by C2C3C4 View Post
    JAKEJR-
    Thanks for the reply. It sounds like that is the "magic" solution I was looking for. I will try it tonight.

    By the way, there is 3 Jakes in our family. Our grandson is Jake #10! I thought for a minute my son Jake was answering my question.
    Wow! That's a lot of Jakes. Wonder how you keep them apart? LOL My Dad was a JAKE, too, so I'm actually JAKE JR.

    One of the guys on the CorvetteForum sent me over here to see if I could lend a hand. Hope it works out for you, be sure to let us know.

    Jake
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    Smile Plugs/Wires LT4

    Well---- I was able to get the wire off and the plug out, thanks to your input. Now I can't get the new plug to thread in the hole. I can get the plug up to the hole, but my hand is to big to turn it. I have all the inner panels off to gain access, but still not enough room. I tried to jack it up and work from underneath, but no luck there either. I took off the brackets that hold the looms that hold the plug wires, to gain more room to turn the plug, but no luck. I am frustrated and disappointed, so I'll quit for tonight and try again tomorrow--or maybe Friday--or Saturday. My neighbor is a Mercedes Benz mechanic, I'll see if he can get it to thread. I'm so close to completing this job, I have 7 plugs in and this last one is giving me fits.

    A million thanks for the wisdom of your experience, without that I would not have progressed this far!!!

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    If you don't have a Thumb Wheel for your plug socket,you'll have to use a short piece of 3/8 fuel line!!

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    Glad to help, and I'm glad that you got this far. Don't give up, you can get this. Junkies suggestions will make it easier. I usually suggest the fuel line trick, but seemed to have spaced it off this time.

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    Plugs/Wires LT4

    OK--- Thanks for the tip! The picture of the two devices helps. I'll try again on Friday. I have used the 3/8 hose on all the other plugs, but with the #8 plug I can't get the hose, the plug, and my hand in there all at the same time! I have an old, soft, rubber spark plug boot that will be flexible enough to be used in that tight space. I may loosen the right motor mount and jack up that side of the engine to gain a little room. Thanks again for all your suggestions---I will get through this. I can see why GM says to go 100,000 miles on the plugs. The old ones that came out were not that bad!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmjunkie View Post
    If you don't have a Thumb Wheel for your plug socket,you'll have to use a short piece of 3/8 fuel line!!

    Plug Wire #8 cyl-img_0255-jpg
    Yep, I've used that trick too.

    JAKE
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    Quote Originally Posted by C2C3C4 View Post
    OK--- Thanks for the tip! The picture of the two devices helps. I'll try again on Friday. I have used the 3/8 hose on all the other plugs, but with the #8 plug I can't get the hose, the plug, and my hand in there all at the same time! I have an old, soft, rubber spark plug boot that will be flexible enough to be used in that tight space. I may loosen the right motor mount and jack up that side of the engine to gain a little room. Thanks again for all your suggestions---I will get through this. I can see why GM says to go 100,000 miles on the plugs. The old ones that came out were not that bad!!
    Just put a set of plugs in 1 of these bad Boys 1 time and you can put a set in any Corvette standing on your head!!

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    Plugs/Wires LT4

    Holly Cow!!!! that makes me glad that I have what I have. Would you have to take the engine out to do the plugs? It looks like that's an "F" body car. Tomorrow I will attempt (again) to do mine. All I have to do is thread that stupid plug in there and I am done. It sounds simple enough, but I am scared that I will cross-thread it in that aluminum head! Thanks for the pictures, I don't know how an engineer would let that go out the door of the factory knowing that it is impossible to put plugs in it.

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