broken spark plug

Discussion in 'GM Powertrain' started by Conlan Rose, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. RayVoy

    RayVoy Well-Known Member 2 Years 1000 Posts

    I agree, it probably is seized into the head. That's the action of dissimilar metal when exposed to weather and heat.

    Jarring it is the best way to remove. An impact gun sometimes works. Heating the head and not the plug will expand the hole. There is (to the best of my knowledge) nothing that is guarantied to work. When you do get it out, the threads will likely be damaged. But this can be repaired with a Healey coil (spelling my be off).
     
  2. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Rockstar 3 Years 1000 Posts

    This also requires getting the rest of the insulator out. Any way I would most likely have to repeat this process with every plug if they all are that bad.

    That is a definite pain.... Really selling the truck for 2k would be easier.....
    Also I don't have a torch or impact and the coil is a temp solution....
     
  3. RayVoy

    RayVoy Well-Known Member 2 Years 1000 Posts

    Yes, unfortunately that is possible.
     
  4. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Rockstar 3 Years 1000 Posts

    Truly this whole incident has made me lose all emotional connection to the truck. I just don't care enough to do all that work. I've literally gotten to the point that I don't care about owning a car anymore I'm just tired of it. Walking is cheap...
     
  5. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Rockstar 4 Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Mark is having a GTG at his shop tonight. If you are not too far stop by and talk to him..Tell everyone there I said Hi..
     
  6. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Rockstar 3 Years 1000 Posts

    I have a school dance tonight. If I was free I most definitely would. I will email him tomorrow and explain and ask for an estimate and do same with my other shop. I will also deliver your message.
    Heres a list of how much I have spent on this truck minus gas. I payed 4500 for her.

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    [TD="align: right"]$50.21[/TD]
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    [TD="align: right"]$32.95[/TD]
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    [TD="align: right"]$35.6[/TD]
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    [TD="align: right"]$6.37[/TD]
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    [TD="align: right"]$10.62[/TD]
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    [TD="align: right"]$36.13[/TD]
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    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="align: right"]$16.93[/TD]
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    [TD="align: right"]$106.99[/TD]
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    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="align: right"]$83.23[/TD]
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    [TD="align: right"]$12.13[/TD]
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    [TD="align: right"]$22.97[/TD]
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    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="align: right"]$14.99[/TD]
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    [TD="align: right"]$19.83[/TD]
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    Btw I'm sorry for sounding like an *** hole, just learning that my Truck couldn't be fixed killed my day and I had a great day! [MENTION=54249]RayVoy[/MENTION] and [MENTION=51590]Pikey[/MENTION] thank you so much for your input and help, I just wish your advice had played out as planned.
     
  7. dpeter

    dpeter Rockstar 4 Years 500 Posts

    Think I will buy stock in Auto Zone. Sorry to see you so discouraged about your ride. At the least, you are not emotionaly tied to it and a rational choice can be made though still tough. I think you will take a bath on it if you sell it as is. With the miles it has it may not warrrant a lot of money to be spent but an intake gasket and head gasket along with your time is alot better than cost of replacing the whole vehicle. Best case is the plug comes out and you're back together and on your way, worst case is you go to junk yard and get a used one and you're back on the road. I think cost of gaskets, oil, and antifreeze is worth a shot. I vote GO FOR IT.
     
  8. 1953bowtieguy

    1953bowtieguy Member 2 Years 500 Posts

    would you be able to just get a new head(s) for it, if you want to get two then that would drop the chance for it happening again. Look into seeing how much a head is.

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    also dont give up hope on her, how long have you had her? And if you think that price is bad guess what i get to do. i get to buy a new engine or an engine that doesnt have a lot of miles on it and if i were to get a GM Goodwrench for mine it would be 2,100 right of the bat. Then i need all the gaskets, a new water pump, prolly get a new distribitor, plugs, wires, i also need new oil cooler lines, plan on getting my factory grille and lower grille back, also plan on trying to find a new better LH front bumper bracket. I plan on getting new wheels in the future or maybe this winter. I also what to get 3" True dual exhaust with Thrush Welded Muffler, with a 12" long chrome tip. And for that i need to get another cat, or i might just get 2 new ones and replace the old one. All that when im done will prolly be about 3,500 maybe just for the engine and the grille, then another 1,500 for rims and exhaust. So i wouldnt get to mad about a broken spark plug, nothings as bad as you think it is.
     
  9. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Rockstar 3 Years 1000 Posts

    I've been driving her for a year but owned her a year and a half. New heads are expensive 350 per head thats not worth it. Also those are just the off brand ones not factory. I will be calling/ emailing shops asking for an estimate.
     
  10. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 3 Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    PM me your Vin, I will see what my source at GM says about heads directly from GM. I can call there monday. Pulling those heads is not that hard. That would save you the labor. You could always try and have those heads rebuilt.
     

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