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Old 25 Sep 2012, 07:56 am
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I had the oil changed at Walmart several weeks ago. There was a small bit of "pooling oil" left in a recessed area to the left of the oil cap. I cleaned it off and drove it. Now every couple of days the pooling occurs. I cannot for the life of me tell where this oil is coming from. The cap seems to be sealed well. Any ideas?
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Old 25 Sep 2012, 09:45 am
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Take it back and scream in their face until they deal with it. prob a kinked gasket, (filter or drain plug).. Ok you prob don't have to scream in their face.....
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Old 25 Sep 2012, 10:08 am
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are you sure it isn't power steering fluid?
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Old 25 Sep 2012, 12:48 pm
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pics of said pooling would be very helpfull
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Old 26 Sep 2012, 08:13 am
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pics of said pooling would be very helpfull
Trying to do that. HOWEVER, took someone out who is much more mechanical that I. It appears that it is oil. It appears that the spark plug wire that goes down into this area (to the right of the oil plug) is saturated with oil. The spark plug wire on the other side (right) of the engine is dry.

So do I have a disgruntled Walmart employee that spilled oil? Or do I have a ring/block/other leak problem?
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Old 26 Sep 2012, 09:39 am
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that is common. a valve cover gasket kit will come with seals for that as well. you might want to change the sparkplugs and wires since you'll be removing them anyways.

if you don't change the plugs, just make sure they're still tight. 1 was 1/2 way unscrewed when i changed mine.

if you want to fix it "on the cheap" just go buy a tube of ultrablack RTV and smear it around the holes



lots of cars do this. my honda did this, my pt does not.
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Old 26 Sep 2012, 10:09 am
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Original issue sounds like they spilled oil and tried to clen it up- now the stuff they couldn't get runs back over from obscured area under manifold-

If I understand this correctly, it's simply that they splilled some oil.

if you spill enough, it will go down spark plug tubes
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Old 26 Sep 2012, 06:52 pm
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If it continues, then your spark plug tube seals in your valve cover are shot (well, one of them, anyway). In this case, you have to pull the valve cover and replace the seals.

Look to the previous post by Rob. Those four little circles are spark plug well seals.

Oil on your spark plug wires and connectors will deteriorate your wires.

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Old 26 Sep 2012, 09:03 pm
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If it continues, then your spark plug tube seals in your valve cover are shot (well, one of them, anyway). In this case, you have to pull the valve cover and replace the seals.

Look to the previous post by Rob. Those four little circles are spark plug well seals.

Oil on your spark plug wires and connectors will deteriorate your wires.

Tim
agreed.

The seals around the plug inlets are grommets, if you pull the valve cover, tap the grommets with your finger or a screwdriver, if they are hard as a rock, they are probably leaking, will take some scraping and picking to get them out but its not too difficult.

When you put the new grommets and valve cover gasket in , make sure to criss cross when tightening down the cover bolts * A.E. upper left, lower right. lower left then upper right working your way inward* or it will leak and can cause an engine fire :-)
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Old 27 Sep 2012, 02:12 pm
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Whoaaa ...

Lets not talk fires just yet and scare the poor guy.

His complaint started after the oil change. How does oil go up spark plug tube? Perhaps it does, but it doesn't make sense to me. What does make sense is coincidence of Walmart changing oil and the 'pooling.'

If it persists, stop taking it to walmart
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