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Oil on all of the spark plugs

Their is oil on the spark plugs what is wrong a gasket or are the rings going out on the car because the check engine light did come on and sayed it was a misfire on cylinder 2 so i changed the plug and it helped but it still has oil on them what is the problem

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  • aaronantrim Jun 02, 2009

    yes valve cover gaskets are bad and i also found out that their are seals/gasket that gose around the spark plugs i cant thank what the dealer called them today but they sell a kit with all the gaskets together



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Sound like your vavle cover gasket are bad

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