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Something went down the spark plug hole..

I was changing spark plug on top of engine and the plug broke at the ceramic part and little thing shaped like a long piece of flint went down the plug hole...what can I do to get out??

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You can use a boroscope to see it, but you'll need something like a screw retriever to fish it out of there. Don't ride the bike with out getting it out. Pull the head if you have to.

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