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August 6, 2012, 12:01 am

Ginger D

Question: New spark plugs and Valve Gasket Set?

When I had my recent oil/filter change I was told the gasket "tray" was full of oil and my spark plugs were drenched in oil. I was told if I don't get this fixed VERY soon, the oil will short out my spark plugs and my car won't start! Was quoted $400 to remove & replace 4 plugs, cleaning of fuel system, Induction and Throttle Plate and the Valve Cover Gasket Set. I know my car is bound to lose some oil because of its age but it never requires additional oil added between oil/filter servicing, Of course this has scared me, what do you think of work AND price quoted? Thank you so much! Ginger

August 10, 2012, 8:16 pm

Richard W
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It's common on your car to have that happen. And the price is good for the repairs they are going to do.

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August 13, 2012, 11:51 pm

Ginger D

Thank you Richard. Its a lot of money for me (anyone, I bet) but I feel more confident after reading your answer!


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