Valve Cover Gasket Replacement at your home or office in Forest Hill.

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4.9/5

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2,174

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David

14 years of experience
597 reviews
David
14 years of experience
I had David change the oil and replace the valve gasket cover on my car. It took him longer than expected due to the condition of my engine, but he didn't complain. He was very nice and knowledgeable. I have already scheduled another appointment with him to fix the other issues he found.
I was very happy with the service this mechanic provided. I will more than likely return for more services when needed.

Patrick

31 years of experience
1044 reviews
Patrick
31 years of experience
Patrick's always great! You can count on him to take care of ya'!
Patrick met me at my work, did an excellent job, and provided me an honest assessment of what my car needs next.

Jay

35 years of experience
696 reviews
Jay
35 years of experience
very good at his work.

Leo

39 years of experience
74 reviews
Leo
39 years of experience

Joel

19 years of experience
742 reviews
Joel
19 years of experience
Joel showed up early and took plenty of time trying to find the source/s of the leaks under my 1997 Rav4. Once he had diagnosed the problem he began the repair. He was meticulous and professional. I felt very reassured entrusting my car to him. He explained what he had done and advised me of another problem area that needed to be monitored by me and will subsequently have to be repaired in the near future.

Gary

33 years of experience
91 reviews
Gary
33 years of experience
Gary showed up early for the appointment and completed the repairs quickly. He is courteous, professional and very competent. If needed, I would certainly request his services again. This is the second time I have used "Your Mechanic" and both service technicians were excellent.

Daniel

19 years of experience
280 reviews
Daniel
19 years of experience
Faster than i thought.

Michael

14 years of experience
502 reviews
Michael
14 years of experience
Michael was excellent and explained everything in detail. Michael is the example of what a real mechanic should be.

Caster

26 years of experience
176 reviews
Caster
26 years of experience
Castor was great as usual, he is a very skilled mechanic, and does exceptional work.

Rodric

12 years of experience
334 reviews
Rodric
12 years of experience
Rodric was great. Showed up and went straight to work.


How much does Valve Cover Gasket Replacement cost in Forest Hill?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2009 Honda S2000 $146 $66.31 $79.99 15% $173.81
2011 Ford E-350 Super Duty $572 $155.67 $415.94 20% $714.67
2010 Dodge Challenger $300 $132.07 $167.97 16% $357.82
2015 Lexus GS450h $339 $123.41 $215.97 17% $413.66
2005 Mercedes-Benz C230 $341 $173.21 $167.97 14% $398.96
2009 Audi S6 $433 $169.29 $263.96 17% $524.04

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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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