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I have a stripped thread from my spark plug

2000 Chevy Cavalier - 2.2 L - 4 cyl
i have a stripped thread in the spark plug hole in my cylinder head. Do i have to remove the head to repair?

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  • ericarhenke Nov 16, 2009

    ok, then how do i ground out the spark plug so I can drive it from where it sits to my garage without harming anything else? :)

  • ericarhenke Nov 16, 2009

    & how do i get all the metal shavings out after tapping new threads?

    THANKS!

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No they sale kits to repair that try calling around to your local auto parts stores and find one

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