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Old 09-30-2013, 07:51 PM   #1
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Temp repair for blown v10 spark plug.

I read on here where a company sells a rubber plug that a person can use in an emergency if he blows a plug in a V10. I have done sever searches and can not find it. Has anyone used one or know of the wed page. I don't need one now but thought it wouldn't hurt to have one just in case. I have road side assistance but still would hurt to have one.
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:23 PM   #2
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I personally have not heard of a temporary plug for the stripped out threads but its hard to imagine a rubber plug that would work with that kind of engine heat and pressure.
At any rate, although people make a big deal about this issue, I don't think its as prevalent as some may think. I know several people that own early model V-10's but never met anyone with a blown plug.
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Some v10s are known to spit plugs so you have to helicoil the hole.
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No way a rubber plug is going to do it, but I dont think you would want to seal off a cylinder to limp down the road, with fuel still entering that cylinder.
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This is about the easiest way to go. Very quick but the down fall is you use a different type of spark plug for that particular hole. Some of our customers want us to use these and they seem to work well. But using a helicoil kit with long threads and the updated long thread sparkplugs would be better. Just a little longer for install time but still pretty quick and hard to screw up.
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I guess it wasn't this form that I read about this on. Maybe I dream it. When a person is 34 1/2 and holding his mind isn't as good as it was when he was 34. I didn't go into all the details about this plug. It was made just like a freeze plug that you use for a replacement. It has medal on the inside and rubber on the out side and you put it in the hole and tighten it up. Once you get it in and tight, it will take the heat and will not blow out. Now here is the part that I don't remember. There was a couple of other things that you had to do. This was not a fix. Only to help a person get on down the road where he could get help. I know all about the helicoil. It was invented a long time before ford came out with the V10. I have had good service out of mine and I go where I want to and don't worry about blowing a plug. If I do blow a plug, I will just blame it on someone else. Oh one other thing, if I did dream this maybe I need to go back to sleep and find out what the other thing was that needed to be done for this to work. Might turn out that I am a inventor. LOL
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I think I have heard of these but have not seen seen around in years...they make a similar one for plumbing but the rubber would not stand up to the heat.
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I guess it wasn't this form that I read about this on. Maybe I dream it. When a person is 34 1/2 and holding his mind isn't as good as it was when he was 34. I didn't go into all the details about this plug. It was made just like a freeze plug that you use for a replacement. It has medal on the inside and rubber on the out side and you put it in the hole and tighten it up. Once you get it in and tight, it will take the heat and will not blow out. Now here is the part that I don't remember. There was a couple of other things that you had to do. This was not a fix. Only to help a person get on down the road where he could get help. I know all about the helicoil. It was invented a long time before ford came out with the V10. I have had good service out of mine and I go where I want to and don't worry about blowing a plug. If I do blow a plug, I will just blame it on someone else. Oh one other thing, if I did dream this maybe I need to go back to sleep and find out what the other thing was that needed to be done for this to work. Might turn out that I am a inventor. LOL
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What you just described is called a boiler plug. Years ago they were popular for temporary repair of holes in hot water tanks and to plug ruptured tubes in shell and tube boilers. They actually could stand 200 degrees and would not melt. You can still purchase them through plumbing supply wholesalers ( not HD or Lowes). Although you aren't on to a new invention, you are on to something that could work if you had a problem.
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I've heard of it too, but haven't seen one. I considered carrying one, but now decided that it's not worth it (on my 3rd V10 rig).
It'd just insert in the space where the coil gets blow out. Because you're adding volume to the cylinder head, the compression is less.

If it blows, disconnect that injector and limp it in. It'll be a little loud, but won't hurt anything with/without that plug.
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What the OP is describing is a rubber expansion plug. These replace the expansion/freeze plugs in cylinder blocks that have rotted out or leak. They are easy to use with the engine in the vehicle. They also can be brass like they use in the marine and performance industries. These type of plugs will not even fit into the area of the spark plug and can not withstand the cylinder heat and combustion pressure.
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This is what your looking for.
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Thanks Chuck.
I knew that I had read it some where but couldn't find it. Now I know I haven't lost all my marbles. It looks like it might work. But on the other hand I will never need it. Thanks again. Think I will go ride my trike today. Johnny
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Looks like when it was machined out, they could have made it longer, so the plug body & nut could be easier to get to.
Thats going to be a trip, getting it down into the spark plug hole on a V10.

Got to say though, it is a good idea.
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Wow, did not see that before. With the effort required to install that you could install the "rethreader kit" and get by until a "Thread Sert" or Heli Coil" could be installed or leave it until it (blows out if ever).
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