It's a one piece insert, not a coiled piece of wire like a helicoil. It also has positive placement - meaning it tightens down against the head, rather than just being threaded into it like a helicoil - so in theory it can't come loose and screw it self in or out of the head (although, has helicoil ever had a problem with this?)
I'm sure a Helicoil will work fine if it's installed correctly, but this might be better.
A Helicoil for a spark plug, wouldn't that be more prone to leaking?
I have installed the inserts a few times, the really good ones that come with a threading tool that screws into the original plug hole, cuts and threads the hole for the insert and a punch that expands the head of the insert after it's installed.
And the really cheap ones from princess auto.
Both work fine but the expensive ones threading tool uses a large socket 17 or 19mm which won't fit where the spark plug goes, luckily the owner of the kit let me weld a 14mm nut to the end of the tool and the princess auto ones don't have a punch area and the insert can come out with the spark plug.
It's not that they were cross threaded. It's that the plug is seized in the head and after removing it, it will be full of aluminum curls that used to be threads. It was put in finger tight with anti-seize. But over the years and after being changed a few times the threads are worn.
This is exactly why helicoil was invented - the worn threads of aluminum aircraft engines that had plugs changed at specific maintenance intervals and eventually resulted in worn threads.
What I've been concerned about inserts is their expansion rate; helicoil will compensate being a wire insert, a ferrule much less. I'm worrying that with expansion cycling happening between the insert and the head and not insert and the spark plug, eventually some plug will thread out with the insert.
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The princess auto kit I tried had aluminum sleeves and no way of locking the sleeve in place, it comes out with the plug and because it's aluminum I can't grab the lip using vicegrips without destroying it, can try using JB weld or another sleeve.
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