View Full Version : Oil in my sparkplugs Help! 97 accord

03-17-2007, 09:53 PM
I dont know very much about cars at all, im just starting to try and figure things out for myself. I changed my oil and transmission fluid and spark plugs today. When I took out my third spark plug, it was covered in oil. I heard this is a very bad sign. The rest of the spark plugs looked fine, but the third one had a lot of oil. Is it maybe that I need a new gasket seal? Whats wrong and how do I fix it? I have a 97 accord se 4-cyl 2.2L. Please Help![/align]

03-18-2007, 07:22 AM
if your spark plug top area where the wire connects to the spark plug is full of oil, the o ring on the shaft that houses the spark plug is leaking a bit. If the spark plug electrode is full of oil, the cylinder is by passing oil from the rings to cause wet spark plug, you may be burning some oil if it is oil on the electrodes.

03-18-2007, 06:04 PM
i have this same problem on my 93, but i have replaced those plug hole grommets 3 times already. what am i doing wrong? should i use some rtv? thanks.

03-19-2007, 08:08 AM
blue rtv is good, becareful to not use an excess amount that will come off into the engine, it will do no good to the oil system

07-18-2007, 06:40 PM
If you replace the grommets in the valve cover where the sparkplug holes are and oil is still getting to the top of the sparkplugs then it is the "never mentioned" "O"-rings between the cam brackets and the top of the head.

These "O" rings become hard since they are sandwiched between the cam brackets and the head, and when they start leaking, they will fill up your sparkplug holes. This is very common on all the honda 4 cylinders from 91 - 98.

This is not an FYI job, but at least you will know what you should be paying for.

Hint, keep the cam rocker shaft connected and just lift the cam brackets to replace the "O" rings...


09-15-2007, 03:34 PM
i have the same problem with my 90 accord.i replaced my sparkplug seals and it more oil in my plugs.

08-31-2008, 02:58 PM
I noticed the same problem in my 2001 civic ex. Where is the spark plug seal? Is that something you need to remove the valve cover to replace? (Not too experienced beyond changing my plugs/oil)


08-31-2008, 06:23 PM
welcome to the forum, yes, remove the valve cover

03-22-2009, 05:05 PM
the oil in my spark plug holes... will that hurt the engine. i mean like, would it cause it to miss fire?

03-22-2009, 09:23 PM
it will miss fire if the oil leaks into the plug boot. If the plug wire is good and tight and not worn it will seal good. if there are years or milage, ( lots ) it does get deteriorated or weak and electrical leak will happen.

03-23-2009, 01:29 PM
okay cool thanks for the advice

03-23-2009, 05:25 PM
I had the exact same issue and thought the's a simple valve gasket replacement. Should cost no more than $100 to fix. Don't go to Honda shop though. They'll charge youy $300