Engine won't turn over. Was running and I was pumping the gas to get itto start on 1999 Oldsmobile Alero

Thought it was the fuel filter and changed that. Then looked and found 2 of 4 sparkplugs have oil in their cylenders. How is it getting there? I am going to try putting a cotten rope down to soak up the oil and wonder if it will then turn over. Did put in 4 new spark plugs, but friend says it is because of the oil there it won't turn over.

by in Scottville, MI on July 10, 2011
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ANSWER by , July 10, 2011
First thing to do is to do a compression test to make sure that the cylinders are still good. Look for at least 140 psi in all 4 cylinders. The oil may be coming from the valve cover gasket and leaking in to the spark plug holes, so when you pull the plugs they are wet with oil. Do you have spark when you crank over the engine?