1992 Honda Accord EX oil around spark plugs

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Old 04-17-04, 04:04 AM
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1992 Honda Accord EX oil around spark plugs

When changing the spark plugs, i noticed a fair amount of engine oil down at the bottom of the plug boot were it goes over the top of the plug.
Oil was present on 3 spark plugs.
Any help greatly appreciated

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Old 04-17-04, 04:29 AM
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You most likely have a valve cover gasket leaking.If the oil has soaked the wires replace them after it's fixed.
 
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Old 04-17-04, 09:33 AM
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doitnewf,

IIRC (if I remember correctly) that year has the deep-set plugs.

When you replace the valve cover gasket, the gasket set should also come with 4 o-ring style gaskets as well for the plug wells. Replace them as well and your problem should be solved.

As davo said, make sure you replace the wires after you fix the leak.

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Old 04-17-04, 10:13 AM
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Thanks!!
How hard of a job is it to replace the valve cover gasket?

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Old 04-17-04, 10:33 AM
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Actually, it's not hard at all.

Get a Haynes or Chilton manual if you don't have one - about $15.

Alternatively, take a Polaroid or digital photo for reference before and during the process.

DON'T cheap out on the parts. I recommend you get the Honda OEM gasket set from the dealer.

Leave the plugs in while removing the valve cover so the accumulated oil doesn't drain into the cylinders.

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Old 04-17-04, 02:13 PM
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Originally posted by smogtek
Leave the plugs in while removing the valve cover so the accumulated oil doesn't drain into the cylinders.
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There really isn't any other way to get the oil out. Remove all the plugs, place a rag over the holes and crank the engine over, then clean up the mess.
 
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Old 04-17-04, 11:33 PM
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Originally posted by smogtek


Leave the plugs in while removing the valve cover so the accumulated oil doesn't drain into the cylinders.




where's the fun in that?

let all the oil drain into the cylinders, i even hit it with a few spurts of brake parts cleaner to make sure the spark plug area is all clean, then i kill a few mosquitos in the neighborhood too when i'm done(by simply starting it).
 
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Old 04-18-04, 08:55 AM
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Haven't had to kill any mosquitoes since I left Philly, but if I did I'd be more inclined to use GM X-66A. Now THAT'S a mosquitoe fogger!

Matt
 
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