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The tip broke off one of the glow plugs. So now there is
a piece of metal bouncing around inside a cylinder. It's louder
than a lifter but not quite as noisy as a rod. I would appreciate any help.
 

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Pull the spark plug out, disconnect the distributor and crank it with the starter. Should pop right out....:rof:rof:rof
 

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I agree with all the above, pull the head, castrated, and
hahahaha! Now, how about pulling the injector and spinning
the motor? What are the chances of the piece coming out
the injector hole?
 

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I think they were saying to pull the injector and fish around in there with something to pull it out. I would say you would have better luck on the lotto than getting it to pop out on it's own. Lets hope it doesn't get stuck in the valve trying to excape and the piston hits the valve.
 

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pull ur head off and get it out......
 

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Just curious, how did it break off in there? I'm askin' cause I don't ever want that to happen to me:)
 

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It broke off because the glow plug swelled up when it blew
out, and the tip was too big to come out inside the threads.
I pulled on the hex part so hard that it came apart. When I
ran the engine it pushed the tip most of the way out the hole,
and I used vise-grips to pull most of the tip out but left a
small piece inside. Somebody had installed a bypass switch
on the glow plug circuit and I think they left it on too long,
causing early failure, and possibly causing the glow plugs to
swell abnormally. The other glow plug we changed also came
out in two pieces, but didn't leave a piece inside.
 

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For anyone else this happens to-- Remove the injector and push the broken tip of glow plug into the precombustion chamber. Use a magnet on a flexible shaft to retrieve the glow plug tip. Do not attempt to blow out the tip by turning engine over. In fact do not turn engine over with broken tip of glow plug in engine. This is the best way to remove swollen glow plugs.without removing the head. I routinely intentionally break off swollen glow plugs and fish them out of injector holes.
 
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