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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2001 Chrysler Sebring Question: My car began running roughly and has very little power.
Answer #1G. T. Service Center (4242 Answers) , Stephenville, TX - (254) 638-3236ProfessorG December 17, 2013, 22:05Master
Are you saying the exhaust smoke is white?
Replyelcheeko, December 18, 2013, 08:12Rookie
Yes, the exhaust smoke is white.
ReplyProfessorG, December 18, 2013, 08:37Master
White smoke is coolant; Consider finding someone to help you test for intake or head gasket diagnosis.
Replyelcheeko, December 18, 2013, 08:50Rookie
Thanks, I'll see what I can do.
Answer #2Greg's Orange Auto (14915 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386globalhelper December 18, 2013, 08:05Master
SOUNDS LIKE THE VALVE COVER PLUG SEALS ARE BAD AND OIL IS CAUSING A MISFIRE.SEEK DIAG
Replyelcheeko, December 18, 2013, 08:17Rookie
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.
Answer #3pushrod December 18, 2013, 09:39Master
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?
Replyelcheeko, December 18, 2013, 11:10Rookie
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.
Replypushrod, December 18, 2013, 11:16Master
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.
Replyelcheeko, December 18, 2013, 11:21Rookie
That's where its at. Am I looking at a grand or more for repairs?
Replypushrod, December 18, 2013, 11:26Master
Most likely but no way to tell without more testing by a mechanic.
God luck with it!
Replyelcheeko, December 18, 2013, 11:32Rookie
Thanks brother. I really appreciate the great work you guys do.
Replypushrod, December 18, 2013, 11:38Master
Sure thing! Hate this happened at xmas! Maybe it wont be too bad. But hey, it's fixable!
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