Valve Cover Gasket Replacement at your home or office in Durham.

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Joshua

11 years of experience
41 reviews
Joshua
11 years of experience
Good experience and good work.
Joshua arrived on time for the appointment, and did an excellent job with the repair! He was even kind enough to inspect the overall condition of my car to make sure there was nothing else imminent that needed to be taken care of. Great guy, easy to work with, would definitely recommend!

Brandon

16 years of experience
318 reviews
Brandon
16 years of experience
This is my 1st experience with Your Mechanic and with everything in life the 1st impression is the last impression. Brandon exceeded my expectations. He showed up before my appt time and was very professional. Brandon was very prepared for the job that needed to be done on my car and was filled with knowledge that he didn't hesitate to share with me about my car. I will be sure to request Brandon from this point going forward on any car needs. Thank you Brandon and Your Mechanic for this experience.

Kim

22 years of experience
93 reviews
Kim
22 years of experience
good.

James

29 years of experience
485 reviews
James
29 years of experience
Punctual and profesional

Yoel

7 years of experience
77 reviews
Yoel
7 years of experience
Yoel was very efficient and got me right back on the road

Cognac

18 years of experience
73 reviews
Cognac
18 years of experience
Fixed everything that was wrong with my 18 year old baby.

Patrick

13 years of experience
404 reviews
Patrick
13 years of experience
quick,friendly

Nelson

24 years of experience
163 reviews
Nelson
24 years of experience
Very thorough and meticulous in his work. Explained what he was doing clearly and simply.

Brett

23 years of experience
164 reviews
Brett
23 years of experience
On time. Professional and does solid work. Used him many times and will continue to do so.

Erick

8 years of experience
182 reviews
Erick
8 years of experience


How much does Valve Cover Gasket Replacement cost in Durham?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in Durham. Our mechanics in Durham 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 Durham.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2012 Volvo S80 $952 $184.26 $767.90 21% $1216.26
2005 Mazda MPV $470 $206.49 $263.96 16% $561.24
2015 Honda Odyssey $272 $95.68 $175.97 18% $332.18
2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 $838 $109.69 $727.90 23% $1087.94
2012 Acura RL $218 $106.16 $111.98 15% $256.66
2009 BMW M5 $753 $136.64 $615.92 21% $964.39

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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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