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4.9/5

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Jay

35 years of experience
695 reviews
Jay
35 years of experience
very good at his work.
Amazing as always. Jay is very thorough and informative. He will explain what needs to be done and will answer your questions. He wants you to know what he is doing and why.

Ben

39 years of experience
1101 reviews
Ben
39 years of experience
I was surprised (first) to learn of YourMechanic.com. I was equally surprised of the level of professionalism of the mechanic (Ben), his knowledge of Audi's and ease with which performed his task. I most definately will be utilizing YourMechanic.com services in the future and hope to have Ben perform these service.
Best mobile mechanic I ever had work on my car. Very knowledgeable and experienced. Also a Veteran!!!

Theodore

14 years of experience
1066 reviews
Theodore
14 years of experience
Theodore is knowledgeable and professional. We have booked him multiple times for major services and always appreciate working with him. He keeps our car running safe and smooth.
very helpful and friendly guy, give me good advises for maintenance, no overkill unnecessary service but just what you need.

Ben

16 years of experience
114 reviews
Ben
16 years of experience
Ben arrived early again, always very prompt. Completed work ahead of his estimated time to complete. Found a loose wire on O2 sensor that he fixed, allowing me to return the one purchased for replacement. Passed emissions with flying colors. Thanks Ben you are the best.

Phillip

15 years of experience
85 reviews
Phillip
15 years of experience
He was very professional he told me what he was to do and he took his time to make sure that it was done well and he gave me some recommendations on how to clean the engine as well was a great tip and when he was done he explained the billing invoice yes i wou l d recomend my family and friend to use this site for good car repair and price was really reasonable that was quoted to me thax phillip i will let others of your work ..

Charles

23 years of experience
33 reviews
Charles
23 years of experience
Took great care of my poor little SAAB. We're down to spark plugs and possibly the ECU, but having the end in sight is wondrous. Thanks!

William

23 years of experience
35 reviews
William
23 years of experience
William was very professional. On time and ready to go. He kept my garage floor very clean. He is good with cars and replaced my radiator, valve cover gasket and oil pan gasket in a timely manner.

Dave

21 years of experience
303 reviews
Dave
21 years of experience
On time, worked carefully, made suggestions for future work. Great job.

Robert

18 years of experience
614 reviews
Robert
18 years of experience
Great guy! Third time utilizing Robert, always early and does a thorough job.

Terry

28 years of experience
223 reviews
Terry
28 years of experience
Terry was great. Took the time to explain what he was doing and why. He did great work, and does his best to make sure his customer is taken care of!


How much does Valve Cover Gasket Replacement cost in Aurora?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in Aurora. Our mechanics in Aurora are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office in Aurora.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2005 Dodge Magnum $260 $115.66 $143.98 16% $309.16
2012 Toyota Matrix $120 $40.30 $79.99 18% $147.80
2013 Toyota Tundra $149 $36.82 $111.98 20% $187.32
2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 $858 $98.25 $759.90 23% $1119.50
2015 Mini Cooper Paceman $163 $43.34 $119.98 20% $204.59
2014 Jaguar XJ $611 $122.88 $487.93 21% $778.63

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Valve Cover Gasket Replacement Service

What is a valve cover gasket and how does it work?

Each cylinder head on your car’s engine has an aluminum or plastic valve cover bolted to it. Between this valve cover and the cylinder head, there is a gasket that keeps engine oil from leaking out. The valve cover bolts keep the gasket compressed, thus preventing leaks. Over time the gasket becomes brittle from the engine’s heat or the bolts loosen, creating an engine oil leak.

When to consider replacing a valve cover gasket?

Look for these signs of oil leakage at the valve cover gasket:

  • Oil seepage or dripping. Should the joint between the valve cover and the cylinder head fail, oil often becomes visible on the valve cover or cylinder heads. Usually, the oil will attract and hold dirt.
  • Oil accumulating inside the spark plug well. The spark plug tube seals are part of the valve cover sealing system. If the tube seals are leaking, you will see oil on the spark plugs or wires. The valve cover gasket and tube seals are all replaced at one time if either fails.
  • Oil leakage at the rubber grommets. The bolts holding the valve cover to the cylinder head sometimes have rubber grommet seals under the bolt heads. If these seals are leaking, you will see oil seepage around the bolt heads.

How do mechanics replace a valve cover gasket?

  • Remove engine cover. Some engines have plastic covers over the entire top. The plastic engine cover is removed to access the valve cover(s).
  • Remove components. On 4 cylinder engines, the valve cover is usually readily accessed once any electrical components and emission control tubing are removed, plus any accelerator linkages that might be in the way. On 6 or 8 cylinder engines, depending on which valve cover gasket is leaking, removal of the air intake plenum might be required, as well as additional steps.
  • Remove valve cover. Once the valve cover(s) is accessed, the cover retaining bolts are removed and the cover pulled off. The valve cover sealing surface is checked with a straight edge to be sure the cover is flat and thus reusable.
  • Install new gasket. The new valve cover gasket is applied along with new rubber grommets under the retaining bolt heads. If there are spark plug tube seals, these are replaced as well. In some applications, oil resistant RTV (room temperature vulcanization) sealant must be applied to specific segments of the sealing surface, along with the new gasket, to ensure a complete and effective seal. The cover is bolted back on, using a calibrated inch pound torque wrench, and all other components are restored to their original position.
  • Check for leaks. Finally, the car engine is run and a visual check is made for oil leaks.

Is it safe to drive with a valve cover gasket problem?

Yes, as long as the amount of oil leaking is small, and there is no leak onto hot engine parts such as the exhaust manifold, it is safe to drive your car until you have an opportunity to fix it.

If you notice oil leaking on to the ground beneath your car after it is parked, you do not have a small leak, and it needs to be found and repaired as soon as possible. Any leak, of course, means your oil level is dropping as you drive the car. If you have a leak, be sure to check your oil more frequently than usual so you do not run low on oil and damage the engine.

When replacing a valve cover gasket keep in mind:

  • The mechanical components of a car engine will typically outlive the gaskets used to seal the engine. However, many of these gaskets, including the valve cover gaskets, are relatively easy to replace.
  • Never add stop leak type products to engine oil or other vehicle fluids. Not only are these materials not approved or specified by the original equipment manufacturers, but they also can create additional problems that may be costly to repair.
  • Often, if a car is old enough to have a valve cover oil leak, there will be oil leaks elsewhere on the engine, so you should request a complete leak inspection. It may be more cost effective to repair multiple leaks during one service call.
  • Often, the PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) valve is inserted into a rubber grommet in one of the valve covers. An old rubber grommet is a potential leak source, as well as connections to the PCV valve. These components should be inspected and considered for replacement while there is access to the valve cover.

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