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Hi, I have a 2000 996 and it won't fire and or idle. found a lot of oil deposits in the verticle spark plug. My guess is the rings or seals are gone. 2 questions: How big of a major problem is this? can it be fixed at home?. Thanks all in advance. Ronnie

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Did it happen while riding?
Did the bike blow smoke last ride?
Did it over heat last ride
Has it still got oil in it?
Did it make unusual noises?
Was it down on power?
Have you tried new plugs?
How often was it serviced, including belts?

1. It could be major
2. If you have to ask, you probably cant fix it at home

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Hi Josh:
I'd put fresh plugs in it and drive it for a week, then check the plugs.
Sometimes you will get high compression readings that are not valid because the rings are soaked in oil so they think they are sealed when they are not.
With the engine off, you could try removing the oil filler cap when the engine is hot, then restart it. A little vapour is OK, a lot indicates bad valve guides, head gasket,or ring blowby.
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Could be fuel or oil fouling. Need to determine which first off. If it is black sooty fouling it is likely too rich also it too rich may be wet.

If oil fouling it is more likely to be much more material fouling and wet sticky material.

A wet, black and shiny deposit on plug base, electrodes and ceramic insulator tip indicates an oil fouled plug. The condition may be caused by one or more of the following: worn pistons, worn piston rings, worn valves, worn valve guides, worn valve seals, a weak battery or a faulty ignition system.

A dry, fluffy or sooty black deposit indicates an air/fuel mixture that is too rich, engine idling for excessive periods of time and/or enrichener usage for excessive periods of time.

A light brown, glassy deposit indicates an overheated plug. This condition may be accompanied by cracks in the insulator or by erosion of the electrodes and is caused by an air-fuel mixture that is too lean, a hot-running engine, valves not seating or improper ignition timing. The glassy deposit on the spark plug is a conductor when hot and may cause high-speed misfiring. A plug with eroded electrodes, heavy deposits or a cracked insulator must be replaced.

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Stop the oil leak. There are gaskets and seals for wherever it's leaking. Valve cover gaskets or seals on the cover if the plugs are recessed. Is the black stuff oil that gets splattered up there?
Spark plugs can keep firing even with oil around the base, but the cleaner the better. A clean engine runs a whole lot better and cooler than one caked in oil. Just don't try to pressure wash it or you'll have worse problems.
It would help you if you could isolate a non firing cylinder, find the one that's missing, I mean. There is a way to find a miss on a running engine by isolating a cylinder that doesn't drop idle speed when the plug wire to that cylinder is removed. But please have someone do it that has done it before. They will know what spark shock means, and how to avoid or mitigate it, or anticipate it-lol. Thatsa lotta voltage!
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I hope I have helped you in some small way. Good luck.

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