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Sparkplug will not tighten

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Sounds like you have a stripped head, normally this happens when the plug is over tightened or when the spark plug ceases to the head.
You will have to go to your local auto parts store and explain your problem, they have the answer to your problem.
It is called a Helicoil and Tap.
You can find one at this webpage...

Posted on Oct 13, 2013


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if your doing this yourself you will need to get a workshop manual as the head bolts have to be undone in a certain order and the same when you do them up and you also need to tighten them up to correct torque settings.

this is a very big job and will need a few days to get sorted and the head will need sending off to be machined.

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