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OHHH BOY! Been there, done that many times. I've seen guys try chiseling away at it, ( not recommended) or use a hacksaw blade to cut it down to the threads of tank carefully, then pry and dig near cut to get it to fold up and needle nose pliers to grab it and pull it out in 2 pieces. You will feel the difference between cutting the nylon plug and when you start hitting the aluminum threads of tank, stop there. Best thing I've found, is I have a slightly tapered half round file just narrow enough at end to go into tank and plug about an inch or 2 before it comes up against the broken plug. Then I tap it in good until I feel it starting to bind against metal threads through nylon plug. Then I simply take a pair of pliers or an adjustable wrench, over the file and turn it out. The straight edge of the file jambs in against the nylon plug and walks it out. Good Luck

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