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What size spark plug socket?

From my 2007 VW Rabbit I have a 5/8" socket that has a rubber insert for holding the spark plug. The only thing that I'm concerned about is the socket is 5" long. According to this thread he used a 3" socket extension with the spark plug socket, so it seems like my 5" spark plug socket could just be used without an extension and won't have clearance issues... https://www.smartcarofamerica.com/for...134/#post79721

I'm just concerned about the 5" extension being too long and having clearance issues in the Smart's engine bay. Am I right in assuming that the 451 Smart has 5/8" spark plugs, and will the 5" long spark plug socket have clearance issues? (have to factor in the 1-2" of clearance that the ratchet needs also)

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Your questions are answered here:

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...that will be just perfect...but you still have to remove the ratchet/breaking bar before removing the plug...

jetfuel...more than 5"......go ahead...make your funny comments now that the answer has been give........

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Hex size on the spark plug is 5/8 inch or 16 mm. You only need the socket to break loose or fully tighten the plug. Once you break it loose you can remove the socket and use a straight piece of fuel hose that is a snug fit over the porcelain part of the plug to spin it out. If you use the hose to install the new plug the hose will slip when it is tight. The hose will also slip if it is cross-threaded without doing any damage. If that happens you can just back up and try again until it spins in.
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Or you can buy a genuine import or domestic 5/8" spark plug socket that has a rubber "O" ring in the top of it that holds on to the plug during removal or installation...


No need to get hosed...
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ok so it looks like the 5/8" extended socket that I have that is 5" long should work just fine.
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Or you can buy a genuine import or domestic 5/8" spark plug socket that has a rubber "O" ring in the top of it that holds on to the plug during removal or installation...


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That is true. I have about half a dozen spark plug sockets of various sizes with the rubber insert to hold the spark plug in place. I prefer the hose in tight quarters or in deep spark plug wells. Just personal preference. As long as the plug ends up straight and tight is does not matter much how it got there.

You don't know what fun is until one of those rubber socket inserts gets stuck to the plug down a deep spark plug well with poor access to reach in and get it. Made me a hoser for life.
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That is true. I have about half a dozen spark plug sockets of various sizes with the rubber insert to hold the spark plug in place. I prefer the hose in tight quarters or in deep spark plug wells. Just personal preference. As long as the plug ends up straight and tight is does not matter much how it got there.

You don't know what fun is until one of those rubber socket inserts gets stuck to the plug down a deep spark plug well with poor access to reach in and get it. Made me a hoser for life.
Yeah, been down that road too.. Think thats why I lube my rubbers...
I've used the hose idea before but always had trouble finding a straight piece.. Its like having a wobble socket driver and you know what that leads to...
Either way it'll get the job done...
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