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Timmy

8 years of experience
43 reviews
Timmy
8 years of experience
Very knowledgeable and courteous.
He was very nice, knowledgeable, and interactive. All my questions were answered and he provided great feedback.

Chris

20 years of experience
1615 reviews
Chris
20 years of experience
Chris is awesome. Wow, gives you the detail and information on all parts of his work and the car. I learned so much about the car and since this is for my Grand-daughter I have safety as my #1 concern. It is a pleasure to work with Chris.
After leaving our (never again) local mechanic with a ridiclous bid and sick of their attitude I went online and found Your mechanic. I booked an appointment, Chris came out and did exactly what we agreed upon, he left and I ended up paying 30% less than my (never again) mechanic's bid.

Cognac

18 years of experience
73 reviews
Cognac
18 years of experience
I really appreciate how Cognacs performance was on the car. He was gentle, took his time and looked over everything at three times to make sure that was he did was correct... Thank you very much

Mike

26 years of experience
35 reviews
Mike
26 years of experience
Mr. Saldana did great at making the needed repairs on my vehicle. I was happy with the first visit I scheduled him for this second appointment, and was happy the work again.

Patrick

13 years of experience
404 reviews
Patrick
13 years of experience
Great

Wingrove

30 years of experience
4 reviews
Wingrove
30 years of experience
Good mechanic, knew what he was doing and did the job right and quick.

David

11 years of experience
253 reviews
David
11 years of experience
David was very professional and punctual. Great doing business with him

Jeffrey

25 years of experience
839 reviews
Jeffrey
25 years of experience
Excellent Mechanic , who is very good with foreign cars Marcel

Pete

14 years of experience
192 reviews
Pete
14 years of experience
He's cool he knows his stuff, the you can ask him questions anytime.

Galen

25 years of experience
35 reviews
Galen
25 years of experience
Was quick, professional, thorough, and went above and beyond what was required for service/


How much does Valve Cover Gasket Replacement cost in Memphis?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2012 Chrysler 300 $137 $56.90 $79.99 16% $164.40
2008 Mazda 3 $120 $40.30 $79.99 18% $147.80
2006 Ford Focus $128 $40.30 $87.98 19% $158.55
2015 Cadillac XTS $406 $109.94 $295.96 20% $507.69
2012 Lexus LS460 $152 $40.28 $111.98 20% $190.78
2006 Jaguar X-Type $500 $188.17 $311.96 17% $607.42

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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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