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My 1992 toyota carolla 4 door car starts hard. The left spark plug area fills up with engine oil. Would this be as simple as replacing the valve cover gasket or would it be a more serious problem, such as a bad head gasket?

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You are RIGHT on the money with the valve cover gasket. Good luck. :) Hope this helps, James Booth

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