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  • bronandlee Aug 13, 2008

    thats great i was sure that was the problem
    thank you for advice it was well needed


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Replace your valve cover gasket set. What's happening is the seals that are at the spark plug holes are worn out causing oil to build up in the spark plug hole.

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