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I pulled a spark plug to change plugs and the spark plug wire boot was all wet from oil. The other three plugs were fine. The rest of the engine looked fine apart from the regular dirty engine look. No oil leaks elsewhere. What can be done? I am thinking i need to replace the valve cover gasket along with the valve gasket(?), unless there are small gaskets by the spark plug. But do i need to remove the cover to fix it?

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Yes you need to remove the valve cover to repair it, the new valve cover gasket set will come with the spark plug hole tube seal's also.

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Yes, the valve cover gasket is the only thing that can cause this, and yes, you have to remove the cover and put a new gasket in to fix. Please let me know if you have more questions.

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