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Old 10-24-2008, 08:31 PM
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Oil Covered Spark Plugs. Please Help!!

Hello, My friend recently purchased a 1995 ford contour, It has been missing slightly,and when stopped, in drive, has a slight rough idle, and every once in a while, will die, and then start back up. Anyway, I was looking around under the hood, and decided to check the spark plugs, I pulled out cylinder 1 plug, and the whole bottom of the plug had oil dripping off of it, and about 1/6" above the threads had burnt oil on it. I pulled out cylinder 2 plug, and it was completely dry, and even rusted! The first thing I thought was rings, but the car does not smoke, or anything like that. ANY help would be greatly apprecieted, she has a 2 year old son, and really needs a reliable car. thanks.

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check to be sure the juice is getting to the plugs. make sure they are firing. if u have spark on the oily plug u can be sure it is fouled. get a plug tip protector. screws on the plug then screws into the plug hole and basically covers the end of the plug so the oil cant get on it and therefore will fire and won't get fouled.
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Think about this, if the valve cover gasket is leaking, and the oil pools around a spark plug, when you take the spark plug out, the oil will be running down the threads, and drip off of the tip.

If a cylinder is burning oil, the spark plug tip will be carbon fowled with burnt oil, and missing like a dead hole, not dripping wet.

I'll bet a good tune-up, with new valve cover gaskets will cure it. Oil softens up the plug wire boots, then the spark will shoot through it to the outside of the head, if the spark plugs are extremely worn.
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Thanks carsavvycook!! I will look into it for her tommorrow, your help is greatly appreciated! thanks again.
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