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Modern engine bays, with tight tolerances and complex intake and exhaust systems, make removing spark plugs difficult to say the least. Faced with an afternoon of busting knuckles and contorting like a gymnast, even the most patient shade tree mechanics might prefer to bring their cars in for tune-ups. Now, HeaderSockets give mechanics easier access to their plugs, because the sockets are designed with a cut-out.

The cut-out allows for better angles of attack when you’re placing the HeaderSocket on the plug. A coating of black oxide prevents the chrome-moly steel HeaderSockets from corroding. They come in generic 5/8″ and 13/16″ sizes as well as in “long-slot” and low-profile versions. You can get all three versions for about $40.

HeaderSockets [Corporate Site]


5 Responses to Spark Plug Sockets For Tight Spaces

  1. Fred says:

    I might have been able to use one of those on my V8 Chevy Monza. I sold that car with one of the original spark plugs still in it. That was the spark plug I couldn’t get to because the engine was too close to the steering column.

  2. ToolFreak says:

    Looks like they haven’t updated their site in over a year going by the $9.95 Mechanix glove offer that expired in Jan 2007.

  3. Old Donn says:

    Got a set of these when they first came out and they work as advertised. Between the master cylinder and steering box, it’s about the only way I can get to the #7 plug on my small block Chevy. One thing, there’s no rubber insert like a regular plug socket, so if you’re not careful, this thing will fall off.

  4. ambush27 says:

    when there isn’t a rubber insert, either because you are using a 6-point deep socket or because its worn out you can insert some paper to grip the plug.

  5. Old Donn says:

    Aside to ambush27. You’re right, but these things really aren’t big enough. Once I use them a few times, I learned the drill.

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