Champion plug caps removal

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#1 Champion plug caps removal

Post by peters3103 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:46 am

Hi gents,
I did include this in my engine removal post but a bit off topic.
I’m having difficulty removing my Champion spark plug caps which haven’t been removed since I first fitted them a few years ago. Surprisingly I’ve not needed plugs in that time but minimal mileage. No matter how hard I pull the caps up they won’t release. They do twist easily so not corroded. Reluctant to use pliers/grips of any sort as I’m sure they’ll get damaged. Any experiences/suggestions here?

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Pete
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#2 Re: Champion plug caps removal

Post by Sarthe72 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:34 am

Same problem some years back. I sprayed WD40 and left them, to no effect, and in the end got out the mole grips and yanked. I broke two.

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#3 Re: Champion plug caps removal

Post by dxke38 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:10 pm

Pulling from top usually jams them and causes damage. Try to lever from bottom edge but be careful not use too much force and keep caps from rocking to one side.
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#4 Re: Champion plug caps removal

Post by peters3103 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:49 pm

These might do the job if they’re not too wide to fit between bottom of cap and cylinder head. Could be ground down I suppose.
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#5 Re: Champion plug caps removal

Post by tonyabacus » Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:45 pm

Peter
Use a couple of tea spoons under each side of the cap, place the cups of the spoons so the tips are under the cap and with gentle pressure press down on the handles. This will enable you to exert equal pressure each side and hopefully not break anything. The bakelite material they are made from is brittle and pliers, mole grips etc exert too much pressure, so the caps fracture.
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