Cylinder #1 not firing. on 2000 Ford Escort

Code says #1 cylinder not firing change plugs, wires and throttle position sensor but when I remove #1 oil was all over threads and point gap. Car hard to start runs rough and sometimes cut off when idling and coming to a stop.

by in Chesapeake, VA on October 26, 2009
1 answer 1 comment
ANSWER by , October 26, 2009
you valve cover gasket needs to be replace, the oil is preventing the spark plug from firing you have to change the valve cover gasket or you can clean it with brake cleaner but it will happen again.
COMMENT by , October 26, 2009
Thank you for the very quick response. That seems to be the answer I'm getting hope that's the problem and fixes it.