Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Do I need to replace the timing chain tensioner cover gasket?

asked by on

My mechanic said that there is a small leak in the gasket and that I should replace the timing chain tensioner gasket. He wants to charge $400. How important is it to change and within what time frame? I only drive a few thousand miles a year.

My car has 199000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: This would depend on the severity of the oi...

This would depend on the severity of the oil leak. If the oil leak is fast, I would recommend having this issue resolved as soon as possible to prevent any damage to your engine. The labor charges likely high due to the fact that the timing cover requires many parts to be removed in order to remove it. The timing cover is usually located directly behind all of your belt driven accessories. If the leak is not very fast it is possible to drive this vehicle for a long period of time without having to do any repairs. I would just keep an eye on your oil level to determine how quickly you are losing it and then decide on the repair from there.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car wont turn back on after being turned off, windows/radio turned off while car was running, dashbaord flickers on and off

The battery was loosing power and causing systems in the vehicle to shut down. Charge the battery up and have the alternator checked to see if its performing a 13.5 to 14.7 voltage and the proper amount of amperage. If...

Q: My car broke down and won't move.

Hi there. There are several things that could cause your vehicle to not move, however, with the loud clinking noise the transmission has something that broke in it. Is seems that either a bearing inside the transmission failed and has...

Q: Will the intake manifold/throttle body and coils have to be removed to change the valve cover gaskets? 2007 Toyota Camry V6

Hi - yes, the same items have to be removed to replace the valve cover gaskets. I recommend a valve cover gasket replacement performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location,...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...