1998 Saturn Astra • 4 cylinder 2WD Automatic • 177,000 miles

I just purchased a 1998 saturn sl2. Oil is rising into the plugs. My mechanic friend removed the top and installed a new gasket and sealed the cover. We took it for a test drive and the oil is still rising to the top of the engine around the plugs. Any suggestions.
March 19, 2011.

Sounds like your technician is not doing it properly-See below

NOTE: Engines are assembled with black composite cam covers.


Remove Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PVC) valve hose.

Remove cam cover fasteners.
Remove the cam cover assembly.

NOTE: Inspect the cam cover isolations for cracks. Replace the isolators if deterioration exist. Gaskets over one year old may take a set and should be replaced. Gaskets under one year old do not need replacement. A small drop of RTV must be installed at the two T-joints whenever the cam cover is installed.

Install new cam cover gaskets, if removed.
Install the cam cover assembly.
Install the PVC valve hose.

Mar 19, 2011.
I took the car back to my mechanic and apparently the problem was the pcv valve. It was stopped up. I hope this is a permanent fix. Thanks for your answer as I was and still am uncertain. So far we drove it over 40 miles and no leak.

Mar 19, 2011.