Ask Paul: What to do about oil-fouled plugs?

Q: My partner, Lou, and I just had our Piper PA 28 235 overhauled and are having problems with the lower plugs getting oil fouled. The plugs have been cleaned a couple of times but she runs rough and they foul again. The mechanics are talking about putting a thin wire plug in. My concern is that we could have a leak in the valve stem seal, rings, or head or valve cover gaskets. The cylinders were rechromed and we had new rings, the valves machined, etc. One shop did the machining and cylinders, another shop assembled everything.
Where should we start?

TOM CAMP, via email

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===> Posted on November 4th, 2012 by Paul McBride. No comments. © GAN 2012.

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