Stuck spark plugs at at
Thu Aug 24 01:22:55 EDT 2000

> i would get the engine hotter than normal... ie pull
> the wires on the rad fan and let it get almost to
> boiling point..

> you might blow the head gasket but if you strip the
> threads you have to pull the head anyway to helicoil
> it

Yup.  I'd thought of that.  Perhaps pull the thermoswitch connector and
drive the car around until the temperature just goes above 'Normal'.
If you stop it at that point, the residual heat buildup should take
the head up to 130c at minimum.

The great risk isn't stripping the threads - it's snapping the plug off
completely.  All five, in one recent case.

 Phil Payne
 UK Audi quattro Owners Club
 Phone +44 7785 302803   Fax: +44 7785 309674

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