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Just brought a 1979 ford ute...theres oil on the spark plugs????what problem could it be..its not an e series but i had to pick one on the list

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    Jeffrey Turcotte Sep 11, 2010

    There are a few ways for oil to get on the plugs. Assuming we're talking about the part that lives inside the engine, oil could be getting past the valve guides and dripping into the combustion chamber. This condition is usually accompanied by a puff of smoke out the exhaust when starting the car after sitting for a while. Another way oil gets in there is past the piston rings. When the oil ring wears out, it doesn't keep the crankcase oil out as well. Finally, if you have overhead valves (I don't think you do, but I could be wrong), a blown head gasket could let oil into the chambers. In the latter 2 cases, the symptom is the car continually burning oil and leaving a smoke trail. To resolve the issue, you would need to disassemble the engine. If the truck is running OK and not smoking much (I assume you would have reported this in your question), you could probably get another 50K out of it before the problem becomes worse; but if you want to keep this truck for a long time it may be worth a rebuild.



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