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broken glow plug... help please

Hi guys, I've been trying to search this problem, but not finding the same problem that I have. I was removing the glow plug and it snapped, leaving all the threads in the hole, then tried using an easy out, it seemed to start moving but then snapped that, now I have both stuck in the glow plug hole and no way to get them out. Is there any way to do this without removing the head? I really can't do the head removal myself, and can't afford to put that much into this truck.

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Would you be able to try using a small pick? Maybe even a small punch and a hammer? Anything is worth a shot.

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Would you be able to try using a small pick? Maybe even a small punch and a hammer? Anything is worth a shot.
it is in solid, it does not move with a hammer tap, there are no threads sticking out to grab, and all the threads are still in the head
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What plugs are they?

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Try and get the easy out out...

Then soak it in BP blaster for a while, fill the whole cavity up with it...

Then try the easy out again.

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Re: broken glow plug... help please

put it back together and run it with 7 glowplugs...... anything you do from this point causes you to run the chance of either damaging the head or dropping something into the cylinder..... either way the head would have to come off and you said you can't handle that.....

there are PLENTY of diesels on the road with one or more bad glowplugs and the owners don't even know

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I have 3 bad ones right now on my truck. In order to fix it right, the head needs to come off. Just remember it's there and if you ever pull the head, address it then.

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Try and get the easy out out...

Then soak it in BP blaster for a while, fill the whole cavity up with it...

Then try the easy out again.
If it doesn't work, run without it. What climate zone are you in? I have a buddy here in Wyo. that runs on 7 because he broke one off in #8 and he is fine.

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put it back together and run it with 7 glowplugs...... anything you do from this point causes you to run the chance of either damaging the head or dropping something into the cylinder..... either way the head would have to come off and you said you can't handle that.....

there are PLENTY of diesels on the road with one or more bad glowplugs and the owners don't even know
This is what I would do if I was in yours shoes, but you really need to get the easy-out out of there because down the road it might vibrate out and tear something up!!

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Re: broken glow plug... help please

Next time run the truck to temperature first. It loosens the carbon on the GP's.

Personally, I'd put it back together. 7 glow plugs will get you by.
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