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Old 07-09-2008, 04:54 PM   #1
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so im driving my himoto buggy around, its ben sitting on the shelf for 2 months, it needed new glow plug.

So I put a new glow plug in, drive it around for 1 tank of gas then it dies.. which is normal.

so I go and check out and what do I notice?? the damn brand new glow plug shot right outta the engine!! maybe I didnt tighten it enough or something but wow, I cant believe that happened.

so now I need a new glowplug, has anyone else ever had this happen?
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ive seen it happen

threads in the button may be shot
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It happens sometimes.

Fords shoot spark plugs out of the cylinder heads in some of their V8s, so you are not alone.

Make sure it did not strip the head or head button.
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What engine? what plug?
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What engine? what plug?
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mccoy plug, cant remember.

I think its because I didnt tighten the glow plug in, I was in too much of a hurry to drive it :s
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sometimes the copper ring on a glowplug will get caught under a thread, which will make you falsely believe you got it tight. Once it starts running the copper ring moves and now the plug is loose as can be in there and they end up shooting out.

Clean your engine, chances are it inhaled some dirt before it died, make sure the head isnt stripped, and go at it again.
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sometimes the copper ring on a glowplug will get caught under a thread, which will make you falsely believe you got it tight. Once it starts running the copper ring moves and now the plug is loose as can be in there and they end up shooting out.

Clean your engine, chances are it inhaled some dirt before it died, make sure the head isnt stripped, and go at it again.
No, its because the glow plug was only hand tight, ive been away from home (my cars) for 2 months, so I kinda forgot a few things... one being the glow plug needs to be tightened with a socket wrench.

I should have gotten the hint when smoke started coming out of the top of my engine....
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Thats usually a good clue.
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Actually seen that happen just after the sun went down. It's actually pretty cool you see this red fireball shooting up about 6ft in the air. Sucked for my friend though.
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nitro motors and red fireballs.. never a good combination!!
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Actually seen that happen just after the sun went down. It's actually pretty cool you see this red fireball shooting up about 6ft in the air. Sucked for my friend though.
do you know if the car dies instantly witout the plug? im guessing yes, so I went back to the spot were my car died to try and find my glowplug, but I couldnt, Ill look again today. that damn pug only had 5 min runtime on it
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Yes,
The car dies immediately the problem is that when this happens. You've generally got some good compression going as in speed. The car will usually drift another good 50ft with the speed its built up. Just to put it out there it happen to me once too. Luckily for me my plug was sitting in the cooling head after it happen. Chance of finding the plug again 2% even if you found the plug would you really want to put it back in your ride? Think about it its been ejected 6ft or more in the air. Has hit the ground pretty hard no telling what went up inside her. For 6 bucks I put in a new plug and call it even. As compared to ruining a $200 engine over a grain of sand that you did'nt see stuck in the plug.
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Nice to know i wasnt the only one to do this, was in a rush to start mine up an run it after replacing plug just remember hearing a noise an a streak of red lol
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Not to piss anybody off, but don't you put your glow plugs in with a glow plug wrench? Just wondering why you wouldn't tighten it down right away after you already got it threaded into the head?
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Not to piss anybody off, but don't you put your glow plugs in with a glow plug wrench? Just wondering why you wouldn't tighten it down right away after you already got it threaded into the head?
I dont use a "glow plug wrench" I usually just use a 8mm (i think) socket wrench... this was the first and last time I hand tighten it. Like I said, I was in a hurry to drive it, I totally forgot that I used to screw it down super tight with a socket, which was sitting right beside me too.

I consider it a lesson learned the hard way.

I have had 2 months away from my buggy, before I left it was wrecked and I was pised off at it. it needed ALOT of work, new engine, new servos, radio problems, needed a good cleaning, new tires, all screws inspected and tightened. I started fixing it, gonna be a lot of work but I look forward to it
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