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Old 02-09-2006, 10:51 PM   #1
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Engine problem ( yes already)

there is oil in my some of my sparkplugs, how serious is this problem and how much does it cost to fix?
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Old 02-10-2006, 03:20 AM   #2
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blown head gasket, rings, could be a lot of things, were the plugs torqued correctly?
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AHmmm NO Worn Valve guides/seals Rings or bad piston rings.
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Old 02-10-2006, 07:21 AM   #4
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which side of the spark plug?
the side with the electrode inside the combustion chamber, or the porcalin side were the coil slides over it?
If the outer side fairly easy fix, valve cover gasket.
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there is oil in my some of my sparkplugs, how serious is this problem and how much does it cost to fix?
if you car starts up with a lot of smoke from the exhaust .. its the rings and its time for an engine rebuild.
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Old 02-10-2006, 08:36 AM   #6
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Come on now, don't scare the guy too much. It's probably just the valve cover gasket that needs replacing. It's a cheap part and only takes a couple hours in this weather to change. It's a very common problem on the E36's.
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Come on now, don't scare the guy too much. It's probably just the valve cover gasket that needs replacing. It's a cheap part and only takes a couple hours in this weather to change. It's a very common problem on the E36's.
99.999999% probably exactly what he said^^^

I love how everyone gets on the "ur motor is shot bandwagon" and scare the shit out of the guy.

I had the same issue, when i pulled my plugs a few of them had some oil on them and it was just the valve cover gasket leaking. Its $40 from the dealership and that inludes the rings that go around the holes where the spark plugs sit and thats whats leaking the oil into the plug hole. when u pull the plugs the oil leaks into the combustion chamber and when u start the car up it might spit out some blue smoke at first but no big deal. If anything its some extra lubrication. Just make sure no dirt or grime falls in there while ur doing it.
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ya the mechanic who was doing it said something but i didnt catch what it was, it is in fact the valve cover
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yup valve cover diy if ur a shade tree mechanice takes less than a hour.
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if you car starts up with a lot of smoke from the exhaust .. its the rings and its time for an engine rebuild.
No, you are wrong. When you have smoke on startup it is because of worn valve guide seals. Leaking piston rings burn oil consistanty, and how would oil travel UP from below the pistons into the combustion chamber after shutting down? It leaks in from the head.
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blown head gasket,rings, could be a lot of things, were the plugs torqued correctly?
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