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Unread 08-25-2014, 10:15 PM   #1
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any trick to removing plug wires?

Went to go replace the spark plugs in my 5.2l but the plug wires don't seem to want to pull off. I wasn't looking to replace the wires and don't want to damage them but if I grab on with pliars I take risk of damaging the wires. Is there a trick to this? I see what appears to be guards but wanted to make sure there isn't a locking tab that I wasn't aware of. I'm not sure this has ever been done on this vehicle.

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Unread 08-25-2014, 10:22 PM   #2
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Twist the boot then replace them with dielectric grease.
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Unread 08-26-2014, 06:43 AM   #3
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There is a special pair of plug wire pullers you can buy. Never pull by the wire, always pull the boot and twist back and forth to get them loose. Watch those shields they are sharp as a razor, I cut my thumb on one pretty bad.
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Unread 08-26-2014, 07:33 AM   #4
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Get rid of the stupid shields and use high quality wires. And the removal pliers are the way to go sir^
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Unread 08-26-2014, 07:49 AM   #5
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Those shields can hold a lot of dirt in there as well. Make sure to check before pulling the plug out because all the dirt will fall into the plug hole! Doh!
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Unread 08-26-2014, 08:11 AM   #6
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good call on the dirt!
I brush the hole rigorously with an acid brush, then shop air. Repeat as necessary.
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Unread 08-26-2014, 08:32 AM   #7
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Are the shields easily removed?
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Unread 08-26-2014, 09:14 AM   #8
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Are the shields easily removed?
Grab with pliers, twist and pull. They squeeze together to go back in if you choose. You will see what I mean.
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