OIL IN CYLINDERS

2000 Kia Sportage

Tiny

billmosley2007

January, 18, 2010 AT 8:51 AM

Engine Mechanical problem
2000 Kia Sportage 4 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 137000 miles

As I was changing the plugs in my Sportage the back 2 cylinders had oil in them.
Would this be a valve cover gasket problem?

Thanks!

5 Answers

Tiny

KHLow2008

January, 18, 2010 AT 5:28 PM

Hi billmosley2007,

Thank you for the donation.

Yes, apart from the valve cover and plug seals, there are no other possible areas for oil to be leaking into the plug tubes.

Tiny

billmosley2007

January, 20, 2010 AT 3:10 AM

Changed the valve cover gasket as it was broken in several places. Now the car won't start. It turns over but will not fire. I made certain that the plugs were clean and all the oil was out of the cylinders.
Any ideas?

Thanks for all your help!

Tiny

KHLow2008

January, 20, 2010 AT 7:28 AM

Recheck the ignition coil installation. Check if the wires are securely attached.

Did you check if there were sparks while cranking?
At end of cylinder head is the CMP, camshaft position sensor, check if the wires are securely connected.

Tiny

Duane Fulton

May, 21, 2010 AT 7:01 PM

I just had exactly the same problem. It was the valve cover gasket.

Tiny

Duane Fulton

May, 21, 2010 AT 7:12 PM

I had a leaking valve cover gasket. Oil was in the cylinders. I changed the gasket, plugs, plug wires, AND the 2 coils which Auto Zone told me they were too weak to work properly. New coils may help and they're less $$ than I expected.

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