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Old 01-19-2013, 12:10 PM   #1
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Do I have a head gasket going?

My 2000 se has slowly been losing power, not drastic amounts but not performing how it used to. And I noticed that it was running much louder, especially when accelerating. Today I was checking some fluids and noticed that around the rubber seal between the block and valve cover was oil as far around as I could see. Here's a picture, idk how well you can see it since it was really bright outside. Let me know what you think.


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Old 01-19-2013, 08:17 PM   #2
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Looks to me like your valve cover gasket is just spewing. As well as something else on top of it, like the grommets sealing the bolts that hold it down and or the filler cap.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:48 PM   #3
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that is your valve cover gasket on your SPI 2.0 SOHC VIN P engine. The spark plugs are angled enough that any excess oil leaking from the valve cover can accumulate within the wells. This can cause a poor running condition/misfire as the spark jumps through the oil to the head. It also just might be time for a change of plugs (a tune up, in other words).
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:54 PM   #4
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I just did the plugs and wires about 6 months ago at most, and the ignition coil pack about 9 months ago.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:09 PM   #5
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Uh, leaking all that oil all over them is going to make you to do it again lucky guy..........
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