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oil on plugs-no what?

So I guess the valve cover gasket is done.After removing plugs- 3 came out with oil. I also failed my e-test yesterday. my CO% was high. Wondering if the 2 could be related. I have read it is pretty easy to change. Do I need to get a gasket sealer too, or just bolt on the new one? Could this be signs of a different problem?Thanks !
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I tried to cure my oil leak with gasket goo.. didn't quite work. Still oil in the well and issues after rain if the car had been left for a few days. The last oil service cost me a fortune.. oil/filter/rocker cover gaskets/coolant/belts.

From hindsight.. make sure you replace things that need replaced!

If i wasn't so busy and had workspace.. woulda done the job myself.. but its not that difficult. Just a bit tight at the back of the motor for space to get the cover off completely.

If you are misfiring.. then yeah the CO levels will be higher.. but the DME will compensate and lean it out to get better results.

Does it have cats?

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Well I just ordered a gasket set, hope that will work. It does not seam to be misfiring. I have also been told that I need to run it hot next time I test for emissions. I am going to do the plugs too, and air filter. What is a DME?
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I managed to get the valve cover off, and there is no gaskets in place for the spark plug holes!!!??? No wonder they were leaking! The new gasket set comes in tomorrow. We'll see how it goes. What should I use to clean the inside of the calve cover, and around the edge for the new gasket?
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I managed to get the valve cover off, and there is no gaskets in place for the spark plug holes!!!??? No wonder they were leaking! The new gasket set comes in tomorrow. We'll see how it goes. What should I use to clean the inside of the calve cover, and around the edge for the new gasket?
Are you sure?........ the gaskets around the spark plug cylinders are seperate from the actual valve cover gasket.....they are probabaly stuck to inside the valve cover itself, they look as if they are a part of the valve cover itself, but they are not........they shrink up & harden to a plastic like state.....they are there.....just look again! As seen the the link below, with 3 stuck to the head & 3 stuck inside valve cover! Use a stiff scraper.....to clean.

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328,

The DME is the computer. Other manufacturers call it the ECU. It controls the motor and talks with the other computers in the car.

In the past i've used Kero or WD40 for cleaning rocker covers. WD40 works really well.

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