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Post by 72superbeetle on Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:39 pm

I gotta problem!!! 4 times this week my # 2 plug has just spun right outta my cylinder, what the heck has caused this and short of swapping heads what do I do??
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Post by zabo on Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:58 pm

helicoil- but make sure you dont try this with the head in the car- or JB weld if ya just want to get by Wink
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Post by vwgirl on Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:46 pm

Timeserts are the way to go if you want to do it right... I made the mistake in using helicoils in my first beetle... eventually they will come out with the plug! BTW... I tried to use loctite on mine in a pinch... it so didn't work! I am sure JBWeld would do better

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Post by ASBug on Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:46 pm

I should think that you culd wrap the threads of the plug with aluminum foil 2 or 3 layers, if it gets loose into the engine no biggie. I used JB weld on a muffler one time and it did melt out. I immagine that the molten JB weld COULD get into the top end of the cylinder, weither it gets blown out or cools back into a solid is the question. Also, does JB weld conduct electricity, I do not think that id does. This could cause the spark plug to have a weak spark or no spark at all.
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Post by vw57drvr on Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:27 pm

I have done numerous spark plug inserts with the engine in the car. But then again, Im lazy. The key is to coat the tap with kroil and go slowly. Most of the aluminum will stick to the kroil on the tap. Put the insert on the plug, some loctite on the insert, and put it back in. It isnt bad.
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Post by bumblebuggy on Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:46 pm

Insert/helicoil both are bandaids IMO. Since you have to pull the head anyway, you might as well swap it out.
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Post by 56HAVOC on Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:51 pm

bumblebuggy wrote:Insert/helicoil both are bandaids IMO. Since you have to pull the head anyway, you might as well swap it out.

Dude you making the show on Saturday? Let me know and if your riding the Buggy cause I'll ride mind to ok.
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Post by 72superbeetle on Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:29 pm

Well I used lock tite since I will be re-buildin engine before I need to tune up and seems to be running fine thatx all for your input
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Post by vwgirl on Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:07 pm

72superbeetle wrote:Well I used lock tite since I will be re-buildin engine before I need to tune up and seems to be running fine thatx all for your input

Cool that it worked for you... I think I didn't let mine set long enough and/or there wasnt enough left for it to set on!

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Post by bumblebuggy on Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:41 am

56HAVOC wrote:Dude you making the show on Saturday? Let me know and if your riding the Buggy cause I'll ride mind to ok.

If the weather is good, I'll be there in the buggy.
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Post by 56HAVOC on Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:05 am

Kool then you can give me some more schooling on what not to do or say and what needs to be done and what to wear at nites. Damm it was chillie the other nite riding LOL!!! all I had on was a Tee shirt
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