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Head Gaskets My Father and I are working on our 1997 Pontiac Grand Am because the car started smoking. What we found, there was oil in the spark plugs between the heads. what we also found was that one of the heads had oil splattered on it and the other one didn't. when I took a closer look at the head with oil on it, the cover was crooked. What I thought was the gasket was missing therefore it was leaking oil. I later figured out that oil that was touching the sparkplugs must have ignited the oil causing the car to smoke.

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Plugs wont be able to *ignite* the oil, however the heat of the engine will. You need to find where the oil is leaking from and fix that problem.

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