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

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

2,171

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Jamahl

18 years of experience
827 reviews
Jamahl
18 years of experience
Jamahl worked on my 2003 Toyota Camry and I observed that he has experience working on that type of model and pointed out a number of issues that the dealer missed. Very friendly as well as trust worthy.
Jamahl did an awesome Job on valve cover gasket kit. Jamahl went over and beyond on explaining all additional jobs that I will need in the near future and explaining everything very well. This guy got my business and also very passionate guy about the work he does. I'm overall impressed with a company i never heard of to deliver 5 plus star experience.

Matthew

31 years of experience
639 reviews
Matthew
31 years of experience
He was very knowledgeable and was willing to go the extra mile. Would definitely recommend!
Matthew was great! Very knowledgeable and helped me understand what he was doing and why. He worked quickly and effectively but I never felt rushed. Would definitely recommend him!

Robert

40 years of experience
232 reviews
Robert
40 years of experience
Really great quick and accurate work
It was ok,communication got crossed ,Zoey she really helped me out I appreciate that thanks....

Diego

19 years of experience
419 reviews
Diego
19 years of experience
Diego was great. Will definitely have him do more work.
Diego was great! He showed up on time, was very courteous, and knowledgeable. He got right to work, had the whole job done within the time frame. I would highly recommend Diego.

Patrick

13 years of experience
403 reviews
Patrick
13 years of experience
Great
Very good mechanic! Nuff said! You’ll be satisfied.

Jim

19 years of experience
31 reviews
Jim
19 years of experience
Jim was great. Very polite and personable. He made a great first impression and I was completely comfortable in trusting him with my vehicle.

Ricardo

21 years of experience
199 reviews
Ricardo
21 years of experience
rick did a great job and in a short time period he finished with the repair. he is also very helpful and answers any of my questions. i highly recommend anyone to try out yourmechanic.

Peter

34 years of experience
346 reviews
Peter
34 years of experience
Peter called about 45 minutes before our appointment to ask if we wanted him to come early since his last appointment finished early. We were happy to oblige. I was at work so my wife dealt with him. He left about 10 minute before I came home. My wife was pleased with his professionalism and she showed me the old valve cover gaskets he had replaced. Truck runs great and I was charged exactly what my quote was. Saved me $ from having it towed to a shop too. Great service and I will use this service and Peter again. In fact, I have recommended it to two friends so far.

Oreste

12 years of experience
111 reviews
Oreste
12 years of experience
Very profesional and clean job

Mark

9 years of experience
349 reviews
Mark
9 years of experience
Mark Lenhart is unquestionably one of the finest mechanics I've ever had the pleasure to work with. He's extremely knowledgeable and quickly isolates some of the most difficult problems. I have a Mini Cooper Super and they are incredibly fussy, high-maintenance vehicles. Up until Mark's servicing of the vehicle for an engine light and host of computer codes, all service work on the vehicle up until then had been performed by a dealership service department. I expect to use Mark's automotive skills for now on for any servicing of the car. I highly recommend MyMechanic to anyone who desires quality work for very reasonable prices, and Mark Lenhart in particular!


How much does Valve Cover Gasket Replacement cost in Irmo?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2009 Mazda B2300 $354 $114.37 $239.97 18% $436.87
2004 Volkswagen Passat $148 $28.46 $119.98 21% $189.71
2008 Pontiac Torrent $295 $127.45 $167.97 16% $353.20
2010 Audi A3 $164 $52.31 $111.98 18% $202.81
2009 Mercedes-Benz C350 $714 $98.25 $615.92 22% $926.00
2012 Jaguar XJ $607 $118.64 $487.93 21% $774.39

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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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