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Old 06-11-2010, 12:36 PM
godbout.t godbout.t is offline
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Exclamation Oil in spark plug chamber! HELP!!

This is my first post and i so far love this forum, but i do need some help...

I have a 2004 Ranger 2.3L.
when i went to change my plugs a few months ago, i noticed that they were rusted to hell. one had no gap at all lol. but other than that i found that oil was in the two of the spark plug chambers; a good amount too.

It drained and burned off but afterwards i also noticed that my truck was "spitting" out a black soot and watery mix from the exhaust, and still is. Plus i keep having to add a quart every so often between changes because it is consuming it like a fat kid and cake!!

What could be the problem???
Valve cover gasket....head gasket....running rich....please HELP!
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Old 06-11-2010, 02:22 PM
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Default Re: Oil in spark plug chamber! HELP!!

Ask yourself; what two areas could possibly be allowing oil into the combustion chamber.
The water coming out of your exhaust is normal. It's supposed to be clear obviously, but at least it means your catalytic converter is still working.
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Old 06-11-2010, 02:31 PM
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Default Re: Oil in spark plug chamber! HELP!!

the oil is not in the conbustion chamber, but where the spark plug cables go in. when i pull them out they have oil on them.
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Old 06-11-2010, 02:42 PM
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Default Re: Oil in spark plug chamber! HELP!!

That oil is a bother but is not a major problem. In any overhead cam engine the gaskets which surround the spark plug chambers sometimes will leak. This means changing the cover gaskets and the four round gaskets which protect the plug chambers. The oil is fed up there to lube the cams. I would first try using a torque wrench to tighten the bolts in the cover as my last two vehicles had the problem and I found two of the cover bolts were actually loose and tightening fixed the problem. Good luck and don't panic. I would be more worried that the coolant coming through the exhaust was because of a cracked head or bad head gasket. If your coolant is disappearing it is never a good thing
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Old 06-11-2010, 02:50 PM
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Default Re: Oil in spark plug chamber! HELP!!

Ill try the tightening trick tomorrow before work. thx.
Nope not loosing coolant.
I'm thinking the black suit coming from the exhaust is excess fuel. someone told me it could be from my engine running too rich...seeing when it started my mpg went from 26mpg to 22mpg.
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