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Wrench Tips - Tip #12: Spark Plug Hose

I'm sure this has happened to all of you. You know when you dig a classic Miata show car out of the basement and it won't start because the gas in it is 10 years old?

 

wrench tips Miata Mono Posto

So of course you go to pull the spark plugs out and smell how fouled with with skunky old turpentine they are and, what's this? You can't find a spark plug socket?

Ok, so a regular deep-well socket will do for loosening the plugs, but how do you get the plugs out of those pesky wells when you can't find any tools?

The answer is right there in front of you:

 

wrench tips Miata Mono Posto engine

See it? Look closer:

 

wrench tips Miata Mono Posto breather hose

There you go!

 

wrench tips Miata Mono Posto

You can thank MotoIQ nerd Tyler Rose for suggesting this one.

 

-Dave Coleman

 

Got any tips of your own? email them to dave@motoiq.com!

 

 

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Street Surgeon
Street Surgeonlink
Friday, February 26, 2010 8:19 AM
Good tip, but that miata in the above picture...... Ze goggles... Zey do nossink!
Wrecked
Wreckedlink
Friday, February 26, 2010 9:31 AM
You could just use a plug wire to take it out.
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Friday, February 26, 2010 11:24 AM
The hose works much better, I have a couple in my tool box just for this exact thing.
Seagondollar
Seagondollarlink
Friday, February 26, 2010 1:05 PM
My spark plug sockets have the rubber inserts. The plugs come out when I finish unscrewing them.
Boxed Fox
Boxed Foxlink
Friday, February 26, 2010 4:22 PM
Fantastic idea. The rubber o-rings in my plug sockets never do a great job of holding onto the plug afterwards. This will save a lot of time and frustration.
IllIllIll
IllIllIlllink
Friday, February 26, 2010 8:39 PM
That is also a really good way to make sure you don't cross thread the spark plug in an aluminum head when you are installing them. I've been using this method for years after a friend showed me, it works great.
Dave Coleman
Dave Colemanlink
Saturday, February 27, 2010 6:23 PM
The plug wire is a pretty good idea, but it doesn't work on #3 because of the strut bar. You can barely get that wire out without the plug on the end. Both ideas are good to have in your back pocket when you get stuck without a spark plug socket.
Simon Kim
Simon Kimlink
Monday, March 01, 2010 4:05 PM
An old piece of yellow breather hose from an RS Akimoto intake (old skool!) worked great during my racing days.
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Monday, March 01, 2010 9:18 PM
Hey Simon, good to see you here!
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