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HELP !!!!!!!!!
my 156 2.0 twinspark 2001 the engine is very ill it was eating oil like mad and now its not firing on cylinder number 4 had a look and the spark plug is covered in oil and carbon. i know its major i am just on here to ask wots my best options.

1. get engine stripped.
2. buy another engine
3. or just sit in a corner and cry !!!!!!!
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Re: 156 2001 engine gubbed

best option is to find out where the oil is leaking from, then you know what the cost will be. could be headgasket, piston ring or valve guide, repair costs will vary widely depending on where you go and what the cause is. i wouldnt recommend a different engine unless you really need to, you never know what you're getting when you buy a used engine so its always a bit of a lottery.

do a compression test, dry first, then wet, that will tell you if its the piston ring (pressure increase when wet) or not.
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Re: 156 2001 engine gubbed

thanks jug. ive cleaned spark plugs of gunk and put back in and engine firing properly again so could that mean its just a valve stem seal or guide if that means the same thing. hopefully if its a valve thing it shouldnt be too hard or expensive to get fixed as i am not very mechanically gifted in the knowledge dept.

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