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      Get a inspection mirror (larger one) they're cheaper and a long nose pliers and pull out the rest of the coil at any auto store, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes. And go to Harbor Freight and get longer reach bottle nose plier like this, any brand will do. You can pick them up at any hardware store and Harbor Freight used to be the cheapest.

      Long Reach XL Dual Pivot Needle Nose Pliers - Walmart.com

      13 in. Long-Reach Compound Joint Pliers (harborfreight.com)

      -or just this-

      11 in. Long-Reach Needle Nose Pliers (harborfreight.com)

      I'd be concerned about why the plugged cat. Do you have the engine cover? Would like to see if it has i-VTEC or VCM Many Honda with the 3.5L have trouble with the Variable Cylinder Management and plugged cats especially the rear is a symptom. In this forum read about the VCM problems, it's not pretty. Honda was hit with multiple lawsuits over the failure. Many opt to get a VCM Tuner to prevent the VCM from activating. Honda's service guides troubleshooting says to look at the oil circuit and rear cylinder rocker assembly for the problem if any thing is really questionable replace the engine. Many people have tried to fix the VCM but just end up buying a tuner to bypass it all together. Symptoms of a malfunctioning VCM are torque converter failures, prematurely worn piston rings, fouled spark plugs, excessive oil burning, plugged catalytic converter, and failed active engine mounts every 50-60k miles.
       
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      Get a inspection mirror (larger one) they're cheaper and a long nose pliers and pull out the rest of the coil at any auto store, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes. And go to Harbor Freight and get longer reach bottle nose plier like this, any brand will do. You can pick them up at any hardware store and Harbor Freight used to be the cheapest.

      Long Reach XL Dual Pivot Needle Nose Pliers - Walmart.com

      13 in. Long-Reach Compound Joint Pliers (harborfreight.com)

      -or just this-

      11 in. Long-Reach Needle Nose Pliers (harborfreight.com)




      Since cylinder 1 is on the harder to get to firewall side, I'd check first if you have enough clearance or maneuvering room for those 11" to 13.25" long pliers.

      Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
      13.25 x 2.38 x 0.50 Inches



      And while it may or may not be the case here, I'm just reminded to remind everyone that retorquing spark plugs to spec from time to time should be considered a maintenance item with these vehicles, as they have the nasty tendency to loosen and back out.
       

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