Oil on spark plugs

Old 10-19-08, 03:38 PM
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I have a 2000 Saturn, 4 cylinder that started missing badly when coming to a stop or idling. Changed the spark plugs and they were dripping motor oil when they were pulled out. I have been told by 'friends' that the motor probably will have to be pulled out to repair!! Anyone have any less drastic ideas that might be tried. Can't afford a major repair job. :eek:
Old 10-19-08, 03:58 PM
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Your 'friend" could be correct. Oil on spark plugs could be from bad piston rings, walls, valve stem guides, etc.

I would first change the PCV valve. If this is clogged, you will get excessive pressure in the crankcase causing this oil condition.
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If only the electrode part of the plug was oil fouled then you'll need to do some engine work..........If the WHOLE plug ........and wire were soaked.........Replace the valve cover gasket .
Pcv isn't a bad idea either at this point
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Two questions:

1. How many miles on the car?
2. How is it running with the new plugs?
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The car has 97000 miles on it. It is encouraging that there is at some less expensive things to try first. Thanks
The car is still missing but not quite as badly as it was before the new plugs. I don't know if the wire was soaked too, will have to ask my son.

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