So today thought I'd get the plugs changed
Top cover and coilpack came out easy enough ( although some numpty has stripped the thread on the screw that holds the small earth lead in place
) and first big plug came out easy - plug as expected is knackered - the centre electrode is oval rather than round like the new ones so its definately due for replacement
Move onto the first of the smaller plugs, come out easy enough, new one in done up by hand with just the socket on an extension bar ( no ratchet ) until resistance is felt, then done it maybe just over half a turn with the ratchet on and the sodding plug has snapped off
Pulled the socket out and the plug has come out with it with the electrode intact so its just the metal bit thats left in the head
I have done a few searches and the general consensus seems to be to blast it with WD40 or penetrating oil, hammer a flat-blade or torx screwdriver in tight and it should just wind out ( as theres no pressure on it ) If this doesnt work its a garage and potentially head-off job
I did put a smear of grease on the threads before I put it in so hoping it will just wind back out but its chucking down with rain now so probably wont be able to have a look until tomorrow
Can't believe it - when it snapped it was like getting a kick in the nuts. I must have changed hundreds of sparkplugs over the years and never had this happen before. I really didnt put much pressure on it at all - wonder if its a faulty batch ?
Anyone got any other tips/suggestions ?
**EDIT - Its out - screwdriver worked a treat PHEW - will fit the rest tomorrow and just got to hope Halfords or suchlike have one in stock.