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Twist it back and forth until it breaks free. then pull it off.

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  6. For those times you are not replacing the wires, there are plastic plier-type tools for helping deal with the stuck wire boots.
  7. Do NOT pull on the wire - pull and TWIST on the boot to break them loose.
  8. With the wire loose from the plug, trace its route back towards the coilpack - I like to start inserting the new wire along the way. There's usually enough grip to hold the wire, even without the top on.
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  10. The wireset I put on my Contour the other day already had di-electric grease on the coilpack end - I added some to the plug end. Guarantees no stuck wires the next time, plus provides a degree of protection to the electrical connection from the elements / engine cleanings.

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