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post #1 of 6 Old 10-21-2018, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings! I found this forum while searching for spark plug replacement for my 2010 Versa Hatchback S w/1.8 engine. Seems like that is going to be a chore but I'm sure I'll get through it. My question is the 14mm socket for the spark plugs. I have a regular 14mm deep well 6 point Craftsman socket that measures .770" in diameter. I've see posts that say you need a "special" socket as normal sockets won't fit. Can anyone shed some light on this please?

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-22-2018, 07:30 AM
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Much more likely the plugs are much smaller than that oldschool socket. Probably 5/8" or smaller. The difference in a true plug socket is that they have a rubber insert inside that serves to stabilize the sideload of trying to break the plug loose, it saves breaking the plugs when you lean on them too hard. No rubber and you break a lot more plugs, the rubber keeps the socket straight up and down and stops it from leaning over.
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Thanks, what I need to know is do I "have" to use a thin wall socket or will a conventional deep well work?
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The difference in a true plug socket is that they have a rubber insert inside that serves to stabilize the sideload of trying to break the plug loose, it saves breaking the plugs when you lean on them too hard. No rubber and you break a lot more plugs, the rubber keeps the socket straight up and down and stops it from leaning over.
This is new to me. I thought that the rubber boot is to hold the plug to assist removing, and more important, inserting the plug into a thread located down a deep hole.
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It does that as well. I simply thought of the plug breakage issue first this time as there have been a rash of breaks as of late. Just saw one guy getting the direction backwards to overtighten instead of remove and he sheared the metal case in half to leave the plug steel fully torqued in place and porcelain shattered into cylinder and now head has to yank to fix it. Really ugly.

OP, if you get the correct 5/8" deep then the standard plug type one will do I'd bet. Being a 'plug socket' generally makes the walls a bit thinner to begin with. You'll need a long extension as well, I generally use a 12 inch. You are aware that the intake has to yank to do plugs there right? Do NOT reuse the intake gaskets, a mistake.

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Yes amc49, I have ordered the new intake gasket and throttle body gasket. Thanks
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