1997 Saturn SL2 I have an oil leak and a low idle

Tiny
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1997 Saturn SL2 Two Wheel Drive Manual 165,000 miles

Alright so about a week ago my valve cover gasket blew out, it blew out at the first spark plug hole. So I changed it and when I did there was oil all the way to the top of the spark plug, so I sucked all of it out that I could get to but there was a little left that I couldn't get so I pulled the plug and it leaked down in to the combustion chamber. So could that do any thing bad to the engine or what? So then I changed the gasket and it is not leaking at all from the gasket! But after that I started it and all that day that I drove it there was white smoke coming out of the tall pipe, and the idle has been really low, it usually is at 1100 Rpm's but now it droped to 750 Rpm's. The white smoke went away after the first day but the rpms are still at 750, So why is that? And what was the white smoke from? And now it is leaking oil from somewhere that I dont know, any ides of where that could be or something that could have blow out when I changed the gasket? I also just checked the plugs and the one on the fare right end is full of oil and dose not look good at all! But the other 3 are still like brand new plugs, what dose this mean? And keep in mind that this car ran flawless before I blew the valve cover gasket!
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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 AT 3:01 AM

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Tiny
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Your idle is suppose to be under 1,000 rpm's so if it's idling smooth I wouldn't worry about your idle.I don't know why it was puffing out white smoke though the oil droppinging the cylinder would cause blue smoke. So are you saying your getting oil on the outside of the spark plug where the wire goes on?Or in the combustion cylinder where the tip is.
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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 AT 1:12 PM
Tiny
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Your idle is suppose to be under 1,000 rpm's so if it's idling smooth I wouldn't worry about your idle.I don't know why it was puffing out white smoke though the oil droppinging the cylinder would cause blue smoke. So are you saying your getting oil on the outside of the spark plug where the wire goes on?Or in the combustion cylinder where the tip is.[/Quote:e5bb899ab3]

NO it is idling very rough, and yes there was oil on the bottom of the plug
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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 AT 4:09 PM
Tiny
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When the engine warms up it should idle at 800 to about 850 rpm's does it run smooth when your driving down the road and not idling or does it miss also?Do you have any engine code's?Have you looked for any code's?If your getting oil inside the combustion chamber then you have worn oil ring's or bad valve stem seal's.I would use some Lucas oil stablizer next oil change that's what I use to help with the oil consumption.
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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 AT 5:13 PM

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