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Old 23 Jul 2013, 07:30 pm
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Default Now Overheating....Oil coming out of spark plug hole

I just got done with a head gasket replacement, new timing belt, water pump, idler and tensioner pulley. I finally got it back together last night, she started right up and was running smooth. I was trying to flush the radiator in the dark last night and did not even notice the river of oil forming under the car. I took a better look today and oil seems to have filled up the spark plug boot on #1 and and the center cam cover bolt hole on that side.
What in the world is going on? Is there a seal somewhere that is missing?

I think I have over 20 hours into this repair and now this... I am ready to shoot this thing.

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Old 23 Jul 2013, 07:34 pm
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Default Re: Oil coming out of spark plug hole

When putting the valve cover back on, you could have knocked loose one or more of the seals at the spark plug holes.

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Old 23 Jul 2013, 07:51 pm
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When putting the valve cover back on, you could have knocked loose one or more of the seals at the spark plug holes.

^^^^^^^^ What he said.
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what THEY said it happens
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Old 24 Jul 2013, 07:49 am
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Default Re: Oil coming out of spark plug hole

Thanks guys, I did not even look to see if they where in place. I did install a new gasket on the outside perimeter of the cover. I think I was so exhausted by the time I put the cover on, I was not even thinking anymore.

I'm sure I have those new seals sitting in my gasket set. so I will replace all of them.

I'll check it tonight, lets hope that is all that it is?
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Old 25 Jul 2013, 07:41 am
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Default Re: Oil coming out of spark plug hole

I took the valve cover off last night and the spark plug well seals were smashed flat with age. I found oil in plug well 1 and 4. I did have the seals in my seal kit. I also found that I had new seals for the valve cover bolts.

I replaced them all and got it back together, but by then it was dark. So, I did not start it up. I want good light to watch for leaks. I hope to start it up this evening.
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Old 25 Jul 2013, 10:03 pm
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Okay, the oil leak seems fine now. Thanks guys.
However, now I have a new problem....

I let it idle in the driveway for about 20 minutes while I watch for leaks, and as it got up to temp I started to hear gurgling from the overflow bottle.
It kept a constant temp just below halfway up the gauge. I guess that is normal, I never drive this car.....

Anyway, my daughter took it for a drive and it ran fine for a while, then the temp started climbing. The temp warning light came on and she shut it down. I picked her up and we let it cool for about an hour.
I just drove it home (the last three miles of her original trip) and it ran fine with the gauge at the halfway point.

What the heck is going on with this thing, bad rad cap, air in the system, what? Help.

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Old 26 Jul 2013, 06:44 am
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You just did the timing belt and water pump when you found the leak but did you get all the air out of the system? There's quite a few things that cause the coolant system to start overheating. Trapped air, fan not working on both speeds, thermostat, cracked head gasket or a partially blocked radiator.

Start with the easiest, and burp the coolant system.
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Old 26 Jul 2013, 08:16 am
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You just did the timing belt and water pump when you found the leak but did you get all the air out of the system? There's quite a few things that cause the coolant system to start overheating. Trapped air, fan not working on both speeds, thermostat, cracked head gasket or a partially blocked radiator.

Start with the easiest, and burp the coolant system.
Just to be clear, the leak, was an oil leak, not a coolant leak.

It has a new water pump, new hoses, newer rad fan (both speeds work correctly), new thermostat, new head gasket. The only parts in the cooling system that have not been replaced (either now or recently) are the radiator and that rad cap.

What's with the gurgling in the overflow bottle, I have never had a car do that before.

It there a trick to burping a PT, other than opening the bleeder on the thermostat housing?
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