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Old 10-06-2005, 07:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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spark plug drenched in oil

This is bad right?

I was changing spark plugs on my 1997 318i and found one plug soaked in oil. Seems to drive fine though. The oil was from inside the engine, and not by spilling over it.

I guess some seal busted, but I don't know how much this will cost me!

Anyone know how much this could cost to fix?
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This is normal. Well, not really- it's a known issue, and it's just a worn gasket. The spark plug will still fire. You can read more about it here:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech...park-Plugs.htm
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