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Old 26 Nov 2011, 10:18 pm
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Hello guys. I have a 2004 PTCruiser, standard engine. I'm not auto savvy at all. Anyway, I went to change my spark plugs tonight. I got the intake manifold off and out of the way and pulled out the plug caps. When I pulled up the one closest to the oil cap, I noticed it had oil in it. The other three were clean and dry.
My question is a few parts.
1. What do you think the cause of the oil in the well could be?
2. How do I clean the well out so that when I put new plugs in, it doesn't foul up the new plug?
3. If there are any parts I might need, could you tell me what they are and maybe refer me to a resource to show me how to replace them?
I appreciate any knowledge that anybody can pass along.
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Old 26 Nov 2011, 10:21 pm
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Sometimes you get oil from the valve cover gasket and grommets. New gasket kit sells for $25 and are pretty easy to change
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Old 26 Nov 2011, 11:21 pm
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sometimes you get it from filling the oil and spilling some its not a big deal pull plug let oil drain into the cylender and the crank the engin over it might start but it wont hurt anything as long as everything is clear
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Old 27 Nov 2011, 12:13 am
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sometimes you get it from filling the oil and spilling some its not a big deal pull plug let oil drain into the cylender and the crank the engin over it might start but it wont hurt anything as long as everything is clear
Sounds about right
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Old 27 Nov 2011, 02:49 am
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Hopefully, he knows who has put oil in his car and whether or not there was a spill. My vote's on the seals for the spark plug wells. Easy enough for a shade tree mech. Esay enough if you can read and follow instructions, too. Be sure to put the sealant in all the right places on the head for the valve cover gasket.
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Old 27 Nov 2011, 07:22 pm
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How much oil are you talking about? Just a little? Or was the spark plug tube filled up a bit. How much of the spark plug boot was showing oil?

If it was a decent amount, you're going to have to pull the valve cover and replace the spark plug seals in the cover. You might get a Hayne's manual that will show you exactly how to do this.

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