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Old 05-01-2015, 07:49 PM   #1
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Oil in spark plug

Hry there. Question from a newbie mechanic. Today I changed the spark plugs on my 2007 zx3. It has 197K miles on it. When I changed spark plugs 3 and 4 there was oil on the plugs. The other two were clean, is this the end of my focus??


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whitese - gotta look & think about WHERE the oil was "on the plugs".

Spark plug wells can fill with oil, water, anything that gets in there which shouldn't be there - no drain for those. So, if a valve cover gasket seeps, where might the oil end up? All over the tops of the plugs, right?

If you pulled out plugs that were dry from the base to the top (wire connector end) and the business end down in the cylinder was oil covered (electrode, not threads), THEN it's time to worry about your engine being toast.
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Old 05-02-2015, 04:32 AM   #4
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Just to add to the points Sailor has made I had the same thought when I pulled my number 2 & 3 plugs and they were oil covered around the base and on the electrode. But I quickly realized that I have not been using or burning any oil in the motor so there is no way the engine is toast. I actually just had to tighten my valve cover gasket bolts and mine stopped leaking and dried up. I bought a new gasket to put on but that will be down the road.

Since 1987 I have owned 5 Focus vehicles and 3 Escort GT vehicles with similar 4 cyl engine designs. I have logged well over 750,000 miles on these 8 vehicles with my current 2002 ZX5 at 225K and my 91 Escort GT was sold at 175,000 miles running perfectly I might add. My point is I have never had any engine problems or failures on any of these vehicles in all those years or miles. These engines are pretty much bulletproof. Plus all of those miles have been logged using Mobil One oil. Just some food for thought......
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