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Need some help everyone. Today I went to change my spark plugs. Popped the plug covers off, wrenched the plug out and "Get the car Jethro, we struck oil" Plug 1,2 a little in 3 were covered "dripping" with oil. 1 and 2 were the worse. When I mean there was oil, I mean OIL. It was dripping from the spark plug wire and from the socket. Looked like I dipped it. So, my first guess would be the head gasket is shot? The car doesn't smoke, runs great except for the occasional stalling right after I start it. Which I believe I've found the gremlin to that problem. No sparky in oil. What does everyone think? Any help would be great.

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jfrolang said:
A head gasket won't cause this. It's most likely the O-rings at the tops of the spark plug tubes. A new valve cover gasket should include those.
Great, thanks man! Number 1 on the check list I guess.

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like everyone said, the oil is coming from a bad seal between the rubber spark plug ring and valve cover. it's actually easy to fix. just take off the valve cover, pull the old seals out, take your new seals and dab them a bit with oil, slap them on and bolt your cover down again.

if it's your first time doing this then i'd recommend marking your spark plugs before pulling everything out at once and torque the nuts for the valve cover correctly... cause they break off pretty easy!
 

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Angry said:
Somewhat of a pain to replace....
WHat? You must be joking lol.

The grommets are leaking. Buy a valve cover set with grommets and replace them. Remove your valve cover (10 minute, like 6-8 bolts lol) and just pop them in. Oh, and put a little bit of gasket maker at the edges where the cam is for good measure. Give it 4 hours to dry and she's good to go. Replace your plugs while your at it...
 

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to the person who suggested it is probrably his headgasket if the grommets look good i would just like to know, where did you get this information and if you really think about it, how in the world does that statement make any sense at all?? the headgasket is no where near there, the only possible oil leaks that could be developed by headgasket failure would be oil leaking into a coolant passage in the block if the gasket blew out in that section, and oil seeping out from in between the block and head. please don't give out false information.
 

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If you're lucky, it will be the gromets on the valve cover.
If not, then it is probably the "tower seals". These are under the rocker arm assembly and the head. These are probably the ones Angry was talking about.
Angry: have you replaced these?

I have the same problem, but to a smaller degree. I've replaced the valve cover gasket and the gromets - no luck.
See this thread - http://crx.honda-perf.org/forums/viewto ... k+plug+oil
 

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ludesrv said:
The grommets are leaking. Buy a valve cover set with grommets and replace them. Remove your valve cover (10 minute, like 6-8 bolts lol) and just pop them in. Oh, and put a little bit of gasket maker at the edges where the cam is for good measure. Give it 4 hours to dry and she's good to go. Replace your plugs while your at it...
I did this just today! :) After taking my plugs out this week and realized two of them had oil in the threads.
 

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ludesrv said:
Angry said:
Somewhat of a pain to replace....
WHat? You must be joking lol.

The grommets are leaking. Buy a valve cover set with grommets and replace them. Remove your valve cover (10 minute, like 6-8 bolts lol) and just pop them in. Oh, and put a little bit of gasket maker at the edges where the cam is for good measure. Give it 4 hours to dry and she's good to go. Replace your plugs while your at it...
The ones Ive had to replace recently on a d16y8 valve cover almost refused to come off the cover... :evil: I havent tried a d16a6 yet....
 

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if the valve cover had been sitting around for a while off the engine the gromets get hard and are a pain to get out. i had to hammer mine out with a screwdriver and hammer. was a pain but it worked once replaced.
 

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thread revival.

Was changing my plugs/wires today when i found oil in my....second cylinder from the right. Very similar to the problem stated in this thread, but different then the FAQ about oil on spark plugs. My oil was only on the threaded portion, and not below the threads, so i want to change the seals like everyone has suggested in this thread. Wanted to confirm the part before i ordered.

Are the seals Item 3 in this drawing?

http://www.hondapartscheap.com/find-par ... AD%20COVER

Can't seem to find anything else that would be them.
 

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Those are they. I replaced mine but it didn't fix the problem. I had to replace the set under the rocker arms as well.
If you plan to replace your valve cover gasket Fel-Pro makes a kit that includes it all (valve cover gasket and the four seals you referenced) for around $20.

Good luck...
 
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