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2001 Chrysler Sebring Question: My car began running roughly and has very little power.

 

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elcheeko, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Potwin, KS, December 17, 2013, 19:00
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The exhaust is white and one spark plug is covered in oil (around threads). I cannot really drive the car due to the lack of power. I replaced the spark plug and there was no change. Any suggestions?

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    G. T. Service Center (4188 Answers) , Stephenville, TX - (254) 638-3236
    ProfessorG December 17, 2013, 19:05
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    Are you saying the exhaust smoke is white?

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    elcheeko, December 18, 2013, 05:12
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    Yes, the exhaust smoke is white.

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    ProfessorG, December 18, 2013, 05:37
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    White smoke is coolant; Consider finding someone to help you test for intake or head gasket diagnosis.

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    elcheeko, December 18, 2013, 05:50
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    Thanks, I'll see what I can do.

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    Greg's Orange Auto (13428 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper December 18, 2013, 05:05
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    SOUNDS LIKE THE VALVE COVER PLUG SEALS ARE BAD AND OIL IS CAUSING A MISFIRE.SEEK DIAG

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    elcheeko, December 18, 2013, 05:17
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    Well, the oil is on the thread side of the plug and not the top side of the plug. I checked the valve cover plug seals and they seemed fine (I know that doesn't mean much). I can't get it out to the shop at the moment. I'm looking for some other possible solutions.

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    pushrod December 18, 2013, 06:39
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    Leave that plug out, after car sits for awhile have a helper crank engine and see what comes out of that cylinder, from a safe position of course. Maybe unhook other coil connector's. Loosing coolant? Using oil?

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    elcheeko, December 18, 2013, 08:10
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    It's not using coolant and it's just oil. I took the valve cover off and there's a little oil in the depressions in the valve rocker arm base (the unit above the valves). It doesn't look excessive but maybe a little more than expected.

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    pushrod, December 18, 2013, 08:16
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    Test compression! If that cyl is low, time for teardown inspection. If the plug tip where it fires is covered with oil, there is a problem inside of that cylinder.

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    elcheeko, December 18, 2013, 08:21
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    That's where its at. Am I looking at a grand or more for repairs?

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    pushrod, December 18, 2013, 08:26
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    Most likely but no way to tell without more testing by a mechanic.
    God luck with it!

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    elcheeko, December 18, 2013, 08:32
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    Thanks brother. I really appreciate the great work you guys do.

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    pushrod, December 18, 2013, 08:38
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    Sure thing! Hate this happened at xmas! Maybe it wont be too bad. But hey, it's fixable!
    Happy Holidays! Form RepairPal.

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