Oily Plugs (was ETKA)

Brett Dikeman brett at cloud9.net
Thu May 16 23:33:45 EDT 2002

At 7:54 PM -0400 5/16/02, Kneale Brownson wrote:

>At 05:11 PM 05/16/2002 -0400, Brett Dikeman wrote:
>>Mandatory 200q20v content...just got finished pulling all the spark
>>plugs, cleaning the oil off the tops/threads of the plugs(grr),
>>cleaning out the spark plug boots of oil(grr), applying contact
>>cleaner to contacts, tuneup grease to the sides of the plugs so
>>they don't stick like they always do to boots, and applying
>>The car will of course undo all this quite rapidly(including
>>loosening the plugs to the point where the wire boots vibrate, and
>>blowing all the anti-seize to kingdom come.)
>Is this a result of your boost modifications?  I've never seen this
>in my "stock" 200q20v.

I think it's done it since day one...they seem to have a  natural
tendency for doing that(others have noticed this phenomenon too,
you're lucky if you don't have this problem) and probably isn't
helped by my being overly cautious since it's an aluminium head and
all.  I'm pretty bad at guessing torque values by hand as
well...especially with such a clownish tool as the tire iron.  I
probably use too much anti-seize to boot.  Take your pick...

Not sure about the oil; I made an effort to clean out the tubes, and
I'll check it again shortly to see if I can tell where it's coming
from, but I think it is seeping from the gasket(pretty much the only
place, I suppose, it could come from, eh?)

Ooo, that reminds me...I better hurry up and order them
high-performance sparkplug wire cover screws from Paul!  Anyone done
so already?  Please, as they say, "Pictures, show us pictures!"

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