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Old 10-26-2012, 08:41 AM
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Unhappy Getting the crumbs out

I pulled the spark plug wire cap - and it shattered in the spark plug tube type area. (That hole that the whole plug goes down and screws at the bottom.)

This is on my 1995 E420 - Engine - 119.975

So there are broken pieces down in the tube - where I can't reach them.

The spark plug tool will not grab the plug. So - right now, I'm stuck.

Is there a spark plug socket that has "fingers" at the bottom so if some plastic is there - the wrench can still grab the plug.

Your suggestions are appreciated.

Things I've done / considered:
  • Water - the plastic sinks, I was thinking if it floated, I'd just float it out.
  • The MB Dash board puller - didn't get any pieces out
  • Long stick with some grease on the tip

I'm thinking of using a vacuum hose - I will be sensitive to gas fumes in the sweeper.

To make matters worse - this is plug number 4 - back by the firewall - but Murphy wrote a law about those things.

Your thoughts are appreciated

Comment: The car is running smooth - so I guess the boot of the wire got low enough for contact.

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'86 560SL (186K) - Now a 'classic' : Registered as an Historic Vehicle
'95 E420 (198K)
'99 E320 (80K)
'03 LS430 (Lexus)
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'95 E420 (231K) Sold to a happy buyer, new to Mercedes
'90 300E (65K) Sold to an Mercedes Lover
'92 190E (215K) - retired to the salvage yard, sigh
'93 500SEL (214K) - Moved to another family, still runs like a young pup

Last edited by tivoliman; 10-26-2012 at 08:48 AM. Reason: Added new comment - corrected spelling error
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:47 AM
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Use compressed air and blow it out
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:56 PM
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Wink da - that was easy

What a wonderful idea - just blow it out - safe and effective.

Thanks so much - I was over thinking the problem.

I went to the local gas station - with free tire air. I took the car, preped for cleaning - and sprayed air in

It would great - 4 pieces of orange plastic came flying out.

All safe and effective - thanks so much for the simple idea.

Thanks again

The plug has been changed - and all is well
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'86 560SL (186K) - Now a 'classic' : Registered as an Historic Vehicle
'95 E420 (198K)
'99 E320 (80K)
'03 LS430 (Lexus)
- - - - -
'95 E420 (231K) Sold to a happy buyer, new to Mercedes
'90 300E (65K) Sold to an Mercedes Lover
'92 190E (215K) - retired to the salvage yard, sigh
'93 500SEL (214K) - Moved to another family, still runs like a young pup
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:27 PM
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bamboo kabob skewer and a shop-vac might work. Hit it with the shop-vac then pick out the little pieces with the skewer while the shop-vac is sucking. So you can "poke n suck" or just "blow" it all out. It's all good.

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