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Among the most important parts of any engine is the oil that is contained within it. There are a variety of moving parts that depend on the oil for lubrication. The valve cover goes on top of the engine and is designed to keep the oil from leaking out. Underneath the valve cover, there is a gasket that helps to add additional sealing. These valve cover gaskets can be made of either cork or rubber. Without a functional valve cover gasket, it will be very hard for you to keep your engine oil where it belongs. When running your vehicle, the valve cover will have to do its job and keep the oil from leaking out.

Most of the gaskets on your car last anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 miles. Picking the right gasket for your valve cover is not easy due to the wide variety of options out there. The rubber gaskets usually work better due to the fact that they will actually mold themselves to the cover over time. Since this part of your engine does not get checked during routine maintenance, you will usually only interact with it when there are repair issues. Addressing the repair issues with the valve cover gasket on your car in a hurry can reduce the amount of damage that is done.

Due to the work that is involved in replacing the valve cover gasket, it is probably a good idea to find a professional to handle it. They will have no problem getting the valve cover off and the gasket replaced in a timely fashion. This means that you will not have to worry about making matters worse due to your lack of experience with these types of repairs.

The following are some of the things that you may notice when it comes time to change the valve cover gaskets on a car:

  • There is oil leaking
  • A lot of debris around the oil cover
  • Noticeable aroma of burning oil
  • Oil in the spark plug housing

Once the signs of this repair issue are found, you will have to act quickly to avoid losing too much oil in your engine. Waiting to replace your valve cover gasket can lead to additional damage being done to your engine.


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Joel

20 years of experience
768 reviews
Joel
20 years of experience
Mitsubishi Galant - Valve Cover Gasket - Jacksonville, Florida
Joel was great! He was friendly and patient explaining everything and did great work quickly. I would definitely recommend!
Chevrolet S10 - Valve Cover Gasket - Jacksonville, Florida
Joel took care of the repairs under the time quoted. He did an excellent job. He's very careful and clean and kind. Also very pleasant. I only want him from now on to do my mechanical work. Thank you so much Joel

Benji

21 years of experience
94 reviews
Benji
21 years of experience
Chrysler Sebring - Valve Cover Gasket - Peoria, Arizona
Benji did I fantastic job!! Very courteous and friendly! Very knowledgeable in what he’s doing! I would love Benji to be my personal mechanic thx Benji!
Cadillac DTS - Valve Cover Gasket - Chandler, Arizona
Very friendly and professionally answered my questions . Patience in fixing my car properly and cleaning up.

Matthew

32 years of experience
709 reviews
Matthew
32 years of experience
Kia Rio - Valve Cover Gasket - Norfolk, Virginia
Matthew is great, he is always on time. Gets the job done in time stated. I referred him to a friend and he is still talking how good his car is doing. I am glad Matthew is a mobile mechanic.
Ford Mustang - Valve Cover Gasket - Norfolk, Virginia
It was a lot better than I expected everything went great I really appreciate my mechanic Matthew he is the best he came highly recommended and did not disappoint

Luis

14 years of experience
44 reviews
Luis
14 years of experience
Kia Optima - Valve Cover Gasket Replacement - Las Vegas, Nevada
Luis is an amazing mechanic. He was able to promptly, and efficiently, diagnose and repair my car. He was friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. He explained what was wrong and was thorough in his repair work.

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