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1997 Honda Accord Won't start. Plugs and wires have oil on them. Still getting spark to plug. Sounds like it wants to fire but fuel starved. Can hear the fuel pump when key is on. Puffs blue smoke through exhaust when trying to start.

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I dont know why it wont start,but our plugs and wires had oil on them and we replaced the head gasket and it doent get oil on them anymore

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