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post #1 of 7 Old 04-20-2017, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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need help removing spark plug boot

Craftsman T-1000, 247.203700. 42" deck. Just three years old. Giving it it's first tune-up but I can't get the spark plug boot off. The spark plug is located in the front of the engine and I just can't get leverage to pull it off - which is to pull it forward towards the front while I'm standing/sitting on the right side, near the right front tire. Any suggestions for making this simple step easier? WD-40? I'd rather not have to buy a spark plug plier since this isn't done all that often.
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-20-2017, 03:45 PM
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Re: need help removing spark plug boot

When you put it back on put dielectric grease on the boot first. It will then be easier in the future. Spend the $10 for the pliers now and it will never be a problem in the future. Roger
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-21-2017, 08:16 AM
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Re: need help removing spark plug boot

You can get yourself a set of pliers like these. They work well for spark plug boots and fuel lines/hose.
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-21-2017, 08:49 AM
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Re: need help removing spark plug boot

i have an inexpensive tool. like a screwdriver but end is a bent open loop at right angle to the shaft.
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Re: need help removing spark plug boot

twist it side to side to break it free of the plug, the it should come off easier. if you cant get to it, you may need to take the hood off iff you cant get to it.

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Re: need help removing spark plug boot

You may be able to take a length of wire, insulated or not, and wrap that around the ceramic, and then pull. The wire will form a loop, and pulling on it should pull the rubber boot free of the plug. OTOH, the metal plug connector may stay behind. You never know, but a piece of wire, even coathanger wire, could do the job.
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Re: need help removing spark plug boot

Spark plug pliers are a great investment, cheap insurance against pulling the rubber boot off the wire connector.

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