93 Saturn oil problem urgent advice please

Tiny
SERVETHELAW87
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I didnt expect a whole of people to go into the saturn forums but I know people prolly do here so please. Advice is needed.

When I start the car everything is turning but there is no combustion. I looked into the cap of the engine, and there is oil on top of the pistons. What does this mean?
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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 AT 4:13 PM

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Tiny
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Hey Serve,
Sorry for the late reply but I was in the shop for repairs. I thought mechanics were expensive. You should see the hospital bill!

Not sure about your question.
I assume you mean the car will not start?
Did you look in the opening under the oil fill cap?
Did you remove a spark plug and look at the piston tops with a flash light?
Did you pull off a spark plug wire and find iol in the hole? This is common and is just a leaky valve/cam cover gasket.

Good luck and let us know. :)
peppermrj
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Monday, April 23rd, 2007 AT 9:07 PM
Tiny
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I removed the spark plug and looked at the piston with a flash light and found oil on top of the pistons and on the spark plug itself
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Monday, April 23rd, 2007 AT 10:23 PM
Tiny
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Ok Serve,
Chances are that the cam cover gasket is leaking and the spark plug holes are filling up with oil. If you did not soak up the oil with cotton balls before you removed the plugs, the oil simply ran down the plug hole into the cylinder. No biggie.

Replace the cam cover gasket. I can send you detailed instructions if you are doing it yourself. The oil can and will break down the plug wires. You can try cleaning them with waterless hand cleaner but you might need to replace them. Hot oil on the insulation will cause misfires, hard starting, and poor running.

Check to be sure you have good spark by pulling the plug wires off the coils. Mark the wires and coil towers so you reattach the in the right order. Have someone crank the engine and look for blue spark between the coil towers.

Good luck and let us know. :)
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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 AT 10:27 AM

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