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is there a secret to removing spark plug wires?

After much twisting and turning I could only remove 3 of the spark connectors. Is there a secret to detaching them from the plugs?
 

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If you are talking about the spark plug wires, I just used a pair of pliers to get a good grip and some leverage on it. They are on there tight but they should come off with some elbow grease
 

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When you replace the wires just make sure you put a little lube on them. Will make it much easier to replace the wires and/or check them without damaging them. It will also reduce the amount of moisture that can get in.
 

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another jersey member??? whoa they are starting to spring up out of the woodwork...welcome
 

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Are you twisting first to break it free? Once you twist it you should be able to pull it off with some force. If that doesn't work and the wire is stuck to the plug, you may be able to unscrew the plug completely with that wire.
 

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Pulled like hell still not coming off. Any other suggestions?
Which side is not coming off the side attached to the engine? wrap the wire around your hand and yank. if you still can't find someone stronger:D

Once your ready to install buy a lot of (what i think is called) di-electrode lube and apply it to the inside of the ignition wire boot.
 

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Its the boot connected to the plug. Got 3 off by twisting and pulling. Other 3 just wont give no matter how much I twist and pull. If I pull to hard the wire just detaches from the boot.
 

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I got you...the only other thing I can think of, besides that tool the other guy posted, is using a set of channel locks or something to yank it off. You may need to start cutting that boot off.
 

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Fill the spark plug hole with WD40 let it soak over night .... U'll have out the next day just dry all solution prior take your plug off...
 

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Finally, After much twisting and soaking able to remove the wires. Broke a couple just by twisting the boot with a boot puller tool. They were really put on there tight.

Thanks for all your help guys.
 

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Get two of these things:



Attach them to the plug connectors like so (helps if they're rubber), twist and pull.



Worked great for me.
 
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