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Embarrassed to ask but -- is there a trick to removing the spark plugs?
This is my first motorcycle and the first time I'm taking out the spark plugs.
I have a socket wrench and an 18mm spark plug socket, and removed and replaced two of them relatively easily, the ones that are basically right on the surface -- but not the other two, the ones that are inset into the engine casing (if that's the proper way to describe it). I can't seem to get them out.
The owner's manual and the Clymer guide just say "remove the spark plugs", basically, as if this is not supposed to be a big deal at all.
The ones that I could see, I put the socket over them and gave it about a full turn twist counterclockwise, which loosened it enough that I could twist it out the rest of the way with my fingers. But the ones that are inset, I obviously can't use my fingers at the end, but no matter how much I twist they don't come out. In fact my socket gets stuck half the time and I have to wiggle it loose.
I know I must be coming off as a complete beginner at this, which is basically what I am, so it is what it is.
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