95 16v civic has oil on spark plug boots

Discussion in 'Civic' started by civic95, Jul 2, 2004.

  1. civic95

    civic95 Guest

    I went to change the plugs on my brothers car and found oil on 3 of the
    plug boots. Is it just a bad valve cover gasket or maybe those little
    rubber grommets, or is it something worse? Thanks.
    civic95, Jul 2, 2004
  2. civic95

    Caroline Guest

    The little rubber grommets do fail. (I replaced my 1991 Civic's for the first
    time around 150k miles.) They're also known as "spark plug tube seals." They're
    item 7 at Majestic's online site, http://tinyurl.com/2tl6l .

    Often they're sold in a kit containing the valve cover gasket, the valve cover
    screw grommets, and the spark plug tube seals.

    Autozone and similar places sells such kits for around $30, but reports around
    here are that the material is inferior to OEM.

    Probably prudent to buy the kit and replace all cylinder cover seals, unless you
    happen to have done the others recently.

    My car's valve cover screw grommets failed recently, too.
    Caroline, Jul 2, 2004
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    Chip Stein Guest

    I went to change the plugs on my brothers car and found oil on 3 of the

    you need upper and lower tube seals which requires pulling the
    rocker arm assembly, and resetting the valve lash when done.
    Chip Stein, Jul 3, 2004
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    Eric Guest

    More than likely, it's just the upper tube seals (which should be done with
    the valve cover gasket). The original poster should check to make sure that
    this takes care of the problem, i.e., drive the car for a week or so and
    then recheck, before doing the lower tube seals.

    Eric, Jul 4, 2004
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    Chip Stein Guest

    it's usually the lowers on higher mileage cars, they are close to
    the head and get hard as rocks. i do them everyday, do the uppers and
    expect a comeback!
    Chip Stein, Jul 6, 2004
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