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Cam core plug removal-in car

April 16 2017 at 7:21 AM

Anonymous  (Login hs427)

Whats the best way to remove the cam core plug in car? A buddy said to drill a hole in the center and use a slide hammer. And yes, its in backwards, thats why im doing this.


This message has been edited by hs427 on Apr 16, 2017 7:21 AM

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Will Kooiman
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April 16 2017, 7:44 AM 

If you do, pack the drill bit with grease and drill slowly. The grease should catch most of the chips.

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(Login mikegt500)

Re: Cam core plug removal-in car

April 16 2017, 7:48 AM 

If you drill a hole in it some chips will end up in the rear cam bearing or worse. Why not just remove the cam and knock it out? You must have already removed the trans.

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(Login kleandan)

It depends greatly on access.

April 16 2017, 8:15 AM 

How much access do you have in the area?
This makes all the difference.
The drill and hammer method does work but you stand a very large chance of getting something detrimental into the engine.
Unless this is an emergency I would suggest trying other methods.

I like to use a few different punches. They usually have to be made to fit the job so plan on making them into dedicated tools.
Grind one punch to match the curve of the plug hole exactly. This punch should be about 3/8" wide at the most.
Using an angled approach hammer in a small portion of the plug edge until you can grab it with a small pair of vice grips...the needle nose style works great here.
Pry that plug out.

If the plug is installed with the flat side out then you will need a few more punches. The next punch is made to grip the edge of the plug. After hammering the edge in a bit with the curved punch insert the sharp punch and work it into the plug a bit. Next use it to pry the plug outward. The second step sometimes takes three or four sets of punching, prying, and resetting to get the plug out enough to grab it. Keep at it and you will get the plug out.

If that will not work I suggest calling 1-800-ACMETNT. They have some lovely fused devices that will completely eliminate all issues with this particular engine.

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(Login FormerlyCyclonic66)

Tack weld

April 16 2017, 8:41 AM 

Tack a loop of small diameter rod near the edge and pry it off. Could also use a large wire staple with the sharp tips ground off.

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(Login 3pedal)

Self threading sheet metal screw on one side and pull....

April 16 2017, 11:25 AM 

Then wiggle it off...or then get behind it with a large screw driver...

This message has been edited by 3pedal on Apr 16, 2017 11:28 AM

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(Login Bad427stang)

I am not sure you need to get too fancy

April 16 2017, 11:58 AM 

If it's in backwards, get a nice small chisel with a point and fold the lip in on the edge in a few places. Likely after the second time you get in there, you'll likely be able to grab it with vise grips or a pair of water pump pliers and fold it right out

As long as you only hammer on the lip and fold toward the center, it won't hurt a thing
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Don Ragan
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Cam plug,

April 16 2017, 12:16 PM 

If using a chisel, get a cape chisel(spelling?) It will split the side of the plug as it rolls up a nice curly que of metal.

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(Login ectarecordholder)

I'd use a....

April 18 2017, 10:02 AM 

prick punch to poke a hole enough to thread in a screw. Use the screw as a 'pull-point' to jerk it out.


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