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Tonight i was using the airblower to clean out my engine bay and i jsut wanted to give the Sparkplug holes a cleaning. In my last one I noticed that there was some oil around the plug and some got on the boot as well. I was wondering if any of you have experienced the same problem and if so what causes it and how to fix it. I think that there may be a slight leak fromt the gasket on the valve cover. I will get a new one of those and see if that fixes the problem. I hope that its not a stripped sparkplug hole or anything more serious... Any feedback would be helpfull thanxs
 

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"Oil is leaking past worn valve guides or piston rings into the combustion chamber. Causes hard starting, misfiring and hesitation." (IND-5)

Ahlstrand, Alan and Haynes, John H. Ford Escort & Mercury Tracer Automotive Repair Manual. 1993-1996, Haynes Publishing Group, CA.

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That definetly sounds like a leaky valve cover gasket,i would start with that ,its cheap and easy to fix then if you still see oil start digging a little deeper
 

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havn`t looked recently at my mothers 96 lx but you may have a need to tighten your valvecover bolts , it could be that they are slightly loose and leaking . My Crown Vic had this problem in that it was leaking at the left rear corner of the left cylinder bank onto the sparkleplugs .tightened it up and it seemed to help .
 

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It´s youre valve cover gasket. I had pools of oil in 2 of the 4 spark plug chambers last summer. I swapped the gasket and never saw another drop of oil.
 
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