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I am trying to use a screw extractor to remove a broken spark plug and i have broke 2 sockets already. please help.

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Chances are the extractor is too small for the size of the spark plug. The EZOUT or extractor should be large enough to grip both sides of the threaded plug. It's also a good idea to spray WD-40 on and around the broken plug and let it sit for at least 20 minutes to penetrate. Hope this helps with your problem. Best of luck.

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