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    Removing coil packs

    Trying to remove the coil packs on a Mk7 90TSI 1.4L, so that I can replace the spark plugs.

    I have the VW tool (with the shaft that inserts into the bolt hole and then expands when you wind it up).

    I got two of the coil packs out (it wasn't easy though!) but with the other two the top part of the coil separated from the tube that actually goes into the spark plug hole.

    Removing coil packs-20210608_141437-jpg

    There's a better photo in this thread:
    How to remove ignition coil units (with pics) | Up Owners Club
    in which he suggests inserting the top part back on and pulling it out again, but this doesn't work at all for me and I can literally jut pull it back off by hand, without even using the tool.

    Is there any way to get these out and save them?
    Or should I just go at them with pliers and buy 2 new coils?

    And just so I know... is there something I could have done to avoid this or is it a common issue on these?
    I never could have envisaged replacing spark plugs being so hard!

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    I have a long right angled pick. Push it down the side of the plug hole twist through 90 degrees and pull up
    Otherwise, push the coil back into the rubber. Warm the engine up. Then try again, just pull up and hold the tension on it without pulling the pack out of the rubber. They usually come out after a short while.

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    Similar to above, I was going to say try it with a warm engine although that may not be possible now that you are half way through the job. The rubber/silicone on the coils gets softer in the heat and they tend to be easier to remove on a warm engine.
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    OK I might try it again with the engine warmer, but I'm fairly confident it won't work, judging by how easily the coil separates from the tube.

    I was so happy with how easy oil changes are to do on this car but this has made me lose faith in Volkswagen DIY viability, like why can't they make coil packs the same as all the other manufacturers!

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