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We water logged the engine took out the sparkplugs and let the water drain out but now our only problem is where having alot of trouble getting the sparkplugs back on, it feels like were stripping the blick but were not sure please help were trying not to get in trouble by his parents

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As a preamble when you have expelled all the water from the cylinders and you again add fresh oil. For this first bit you will only need a minimum of oil 2 litres (4 pints). Turn the engine on the starter again for a minute or two with the plugs out. This will allow the oil to help flush any water from the passageways. Remove and discard this flushing oil and now fill the engine wit he required amount of new oil. Put a tiny amount of grease (Copper based anti seize will do well) on the first few threads of each plug. Put a piece of cloth down each plug socket and turn the cloth counter clockwise, this will ensure the cloth is not drawn into the cylinder whilst it cleans out the threads. Hold the top of the plug in a length of rubber hose and then post the plug down into its socket. Turn the hose, again counter clockwise, and feel for the thread stepping; this process will help prevent cross threading. Just after a 'step' start to turn the rubber hose clockwise to engage the thread and then continue to twist it in. Holding the plug in length of rubber hose ensures that if the plug begins to become cross threaded no damage will occur as the plug either rotates in the hose or the hose twists on itself. Plugs are fitted in tight tolerance threads to prevent gas blow by or plug ejection when running; as a consequence they do not slide in as easily as a standard bolt and always a bit on the tight side. Once you are happy that a plug is engaged pull off the hose and inspect the top of the plug just to make a final check that the plug lies central to its socket (if cross threaded it will be off centre). Tighten down to the specific torque settings. Re attach the high tension plugs in the right order.

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