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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-16-2007, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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A couple of questions regarding spark plugs

I just recently bought a 1995 Vulcan and am trying to get her up and running. I am changing the spark plugs but have run into a snag. The 2 deeper sockets seem to be stuck or my deepwell socket isn't getting to it or something. It just keeps turning but won't grab the plug. I am leary of putting pressure onto the the ratchet because I am afraid that the socket will get lodged inside the deepwell. Anyone else run into this or am I just being overly cautious?

Also, the 2 other plugs that I removed had a small amount of oil on them...what does that mean.? I don't think it could be good. You don't add oil to the threads for any reason do you? Thanks in advance for answers to noob questions.
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Same problem for me.

Solution was to use the spark plug socket that comes in the Vulcan tool kit. The spark plug body is too long to fit in a normal deep well socket properly on the deeper well engine plugs.

With new spark plugs, my Vulcan starts and runs like new

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Same problem for me.

Solution was to use the spark plug socket that comes in the Vulcan tool kit. The spark plug body is too long to fit in a normal deep well socket properly on the deeper well engine plugs.

With new spark plugs, my Vulcan starts and runs like new

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Mine doesn't have a tool kit, guess I will be seeing my local Kawasaki dealer again.
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the craftsman 18mm deepwell fits...

Not sure if the one I got in my new toolkit does, but I know for a fact that sears sells an 18mm that fits (My dad picked it up while I was working on the bike at his place...)

The kaw toolkit is something around $90 for $10 worth of tools... anyone wanna sell one ;-)

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Yes people do put oil on the threads sometimes to keep them from sticking.
Other people use antisieze.
A thin wall socket will work as stated above, craftsman makes one for about $10

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The kaw toolkit is something around $90 for $10 worth of tools... anyone wanna sell one ;-)
I was actually just planning on buying the socket but actually anytime you buy anything from a dealer you are usually paying quite a bit more lol. I think I will just look for the the thinwall 18mm craftsman socket
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I have a Stanley socket set and my 18mm deep socket fits fine too. If you found oil on the threads, it was probably sitting in the recessed area above your plugs and got on the threads when you removed them. There is probably a little bit of leakage, but probably nothing serious. Oil would be a bad idea on the threads for thread lock as it will get hard and make the plugs harder to remove from all the constant heat. Anti seize would be the thing to use, and be careful not to get it on the business end of the plug.

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I have a Stanley socket set and my 18mm deep socket fits fine too. If you found oil on the threads, it was probably sitting in the recessed area above your plugs and got on the threads when you removed them. There is probably a little bit of leakage, but probably nothing serious. Oil would be a bad idea on the threads for thread lock as it will get hard and make the plugs harder to remove from all the constant heat. Anti seize would be the thing to use, and be careful not to get it on the business end of the plug.
Fergy, how much anti-seize do you use? I put just a brush stroke (thin) on my plugs (having never used it before), but am wondering what's appropriate.

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I bought a Kawasaki sparkplug socket from my dealer for about $6. I always put a little WD-40 on the threads when I put the plugs in. Just makes them screw in a little smoother. When I feel resistance I give them another half or 3/4 turn. NEVER overtighten them!
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Cindy, the never sieze amount is minimal. I couldn't tell you how much, but I put a dot on my finger and spin the plug threads on it. Knock on wood, I've never had a plug get stuck in a vehicle so I don't really know from experience how much to use. I just dab a little on and install em.

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