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    Frozen Timing Hole Plug - Anyone Have a Tip?

    I've got a frozen timing hole plug. Anyone have a tip for freeing it up? I'm using the proper 10mm hex and am making sure it is seated all the way in the plug.......when I apply max elbow grease however the hex will slip in the plug. I have a new plug on order so messing this one up is OK........just can't get this one out. Any help would be appreciated.

    Also, I've got a bad CDI and have a replacement on the way. Any tips on getting the old one out? I've detached the LR505, but can't seem to slip the CDI out from under the grounding bracket. I'm trying to take my time and be methodical so I don't mess anything up.

    Oh yeah........2001 Virage 2 cyl carbureted model


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    First try an impact driver with a 10mm socket.

    If that doesn't work use PB Blaster and/or a little heat from a micro torch. Not too much heat but just a little to get the metal to expand.

    KJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnsonmtz View Post
    First try an impact driver with a 10mm socket.
    If that doesn't work use PB Blaster and/or a little heat from a micro torch. Not too much heat but just a little to get the metal to expand.

    KJ
    Thanks for taking the time to reply. Don't have an impact driver.......since the plug is plastic and allows the 10mm hex I'm using now to turn inside of it with max torque, do you think an impact driver would be more effective? I don't mind picking one up to give it a try......but the hex I'm using is already slipping.

    I've been hesitate to try liquid wrench.....I was afraid it might melt / cause softening of the plug itself and further exacerbate the problem. I will try to a small amount on the perimeter of the plug to see if I get any results.

    Thanks again.

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    A plastic plug should not have coroded,lube will not help.
    Can you get pliers on the top of the plug?
    A Torq bit pounded into the opening will have a better "bite"

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    Quote Originally Posted by casey67 View Post
    A plastic plug should not have coroded,lube will not help.
    Can you get pliers on the top of the plug?
    A Torq bit pounded into the opening will have a better "bite"
    Plastic......correct. I'm assuming some sort of thread locker / thread putty / waterproof caulk causing the problem.

    I might try a small amount of nail polish remover (acetone) around the threads to dissolve whatever thread goop that's been put in there.

    Plug is flush.......can't get pliers on top of it.

    Will go get an oversize torx bit and try that.

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