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tenspeed 10-03-2013 03:07 PM

Oil found in spark plug well - 3.7 V6
 
2007 Grand Cherokee with the 3.7 V6 engine

Oil found in the passenger side center spark plug well.

Engine was missing under load which led to the spark plug change.

Hello, while helping my daughter change the spark plugs on her 3.7 V6 engine, we found a lot of oil in the spark plug well.

I reviewed a DIY spark plug change YouTube video so we had a good reference about how to do the work and the tools necessary. I started on the drivers side and completed it without any problems. Got to the passenger center plug and found the oil when I removed the coil and plug.

The first indication was the expanded rubber seal on the coil that sits at the top of the well. When the plug was removed, whatever oil was in the well traveled down into the cylinder. The old plug had oil above the metal and on the ceramic insulator. It probably was the cause of the misfire under load.

We called a local mechanic friend and the dealer service department. No one had any definite ideas about the source of the oil. The business end of the old plug did not show any burnt oil.

It looks like the oil came from above but I could not find any source. The dealer mentioned the valve cover gasket and said something about oil passages in the intake. There was some sort of vent hose directly above the center well. I moved that outboard to the dip stick tube.

We cleaned it up and put it back together with the new plug. The engine smoked for a minute as the oil in the cylinder burnt off.

My daughter has a extended warranty for the life of the loan and she is going to take it to the dealer so they can check it.

Has this happened before? Is it a common situation with the V6? I did search the engine and WK forum but didn't find anything mentioned.

Thanks in advance,

Jim Schwind
Honeoye, New York

JKM 10-03-2013 03:40 PM

my guess would be valve cover gasket as it was above the electrode of the spark plugs. Did you check to make sure the valve cover was properly tightened on that side of the engine?

tenspeed 10-03-2013 04:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JKM (Post 16531097)
my guess would be valve cover gasket as it was above the electrode of the spark plugs. Did you check to make sure the valve cover was properly tightened on that side of the engine?

That was the suggestion from the dealership. It looked and felt dry around the spark plug well area. I snugged up the valve cover nuts a little. They didn't move much and I didn't want bent edges from excessive torque.

Thanks for the reply.

tenspeed 10-24-2013 11:39 AM

Update: we never found a reasonable cause for the oil in the spark plug well. It did cause the failure of the coil and the random misfire.

We installed a new coil and the engine is running better and MPG's are back to normal. I took a look down the well when we were changing the coil and the well is solid metal with a lip. The oil could not have come from the valve cover. It had to drip from above and run down the coil.

fireandrainksm 10-24-2013 02:02 PM

Could the oil buildup be from an oil change missing the oil filler? Since it is on that side.

tenspeed 10-24-2013 03:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fireandrainksm (Post 17119754)
Could the oil buildup be from an oil change missing the oil filler? Since it is on that side.

It could be. It dripped on the coil from somewhere. The oil expanded the rubber seal and allowed more oil to fill the well. My daughter bought the truck used and has the dealer or a local shop change the oil so it's hard to tell what happened.

I'm adding the update for those searchers that experience a similar problem. I didn't find anything about oil in a spark plug well when I searched.

BTW: we bought a eBay coil for under $15 as a replacement. The original coil still worked but the well seal expanded and the poly spark plug insulator came off due to the oil.


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