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SOURCE: Spark plug cable is broken.

Get a suitable pair of plyers, grip the plug wire where it is thick, on the jacket that is on the plug, and pull hard. Maybe twist a little, but not sideways, as you risk breaking the plug. It should come off.
What may happen is that you will get all the rubber, and the metal locking tap will stay on the plug. Then use a pair of needlenose plyers to remove it.

The plug size is usually a 13/16 or a 5/8.

Don't really worry if you break the ceramic part of the plug, you can just remove what is left with the socket, and put in a new plug.

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Get a suitable pair of plyers, grip the plug wire where it is thick, on the jacket that is on the plug, and pull hard. Maybe twist a little, but not sideways, as you risk breaking the plug. It should come off.
What may happen is that you will get all the rubber, and the metal locking tap will stay on the plug. Then use a pair of needlenose plyers to remove it.

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