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I just reciently found oil in my #1 and #4 spark plug holes so I soaked up the oil with towels, replaced valve cover gasket, plugs, wires, and rotor but now the car won't start. I checked for spark through the distributer and when I pulled out a plug, there was gas all over it so I know it is getting fuel. It ran just before the fix but now it doesn't. Autozone and online sources say the spark plug gap is .044 in but the ones I pulled out during the fix were gapped at .04, so I tried gapping at both lengths and still nothing. Can you help?

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  • dhsle24 Dec 14, 2008

    OK, I feel real stupid. I wrote the cylinder locations down on the distributor cap as a reference, but I did it right to left (in reference to looking at the engine from the front of the vehicle). when I put the new plugs in I did it from left to right so everything was off. I can't say how great it is to get a response with in one hour of my initial posting so thank you Ronnieh49 for giving advise when you think you might be able to help. We need more people who answer questions that they know the answers to. Take care.

  • dhsle24 Dec 14, 2008

    In my last comment I said plugs when I meant wires. When I put the new wires on I did it by starting with refering to the right most cylinder as #1 instead of the left most cylinder. I only labeled my distributer and not the wires so I put them on in reverse. That's why you should label everything and not be in a rush.

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You have a bad valve

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