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January 20, 2013, 7:01 pm

Jim M

Question: Oil on spark plugs

Hi recently my honda would start, the starter motor turns over but doesnt engage engine. when I looked at spark plug leads there is lots of oil on all 4. does this sound like a major.
300+ kms on the ODO
thanks for any advice

February 3, 2013, 12:05 pm

Elizabeth K

If you mean that there is oil on the ends of the spark plug wires, that probably means you have a valve cover leak or someone spilled oil when pouring it into the engine. Neither of those should cause a major problem. If you mean that you've removed the spark plugs and the electrodes are wet with oil, then that means you've got serious engine wear on all cylinders and probably need to have the engine rebuilt.

If it's just oil on the wires, read this article on how to troubleshoot a no-start:

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