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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

2,189

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Jeffrey

25 years of experience
842 reviews
Jeffrey
25 years of experience
Good service
Jeffrey is an awesome and very well experienced mechanic. I think he could fix any car with his eyes closed.

Joe

41 years of experience
707 reviews
Joe
41 years of experience
2nd time using Joe great every time.

Scott

34 years of experience
600 reviews
Scott
34 years of experience
Great job

Tyree

22 years of experience
4 reviews
Tyree
22 years of experience
TYREE IS AMAZING. I WOULD RECOMMEND HIM TO ANYBODY LOOKING FOR A FAST, RELIABLE MECHANIC. HIS SKILLS ARE AMAZING. HIS COMMUNICATION IS GREAT! GREAT JOB

Joseph

18 years of experience
433 reviews
Joseph
18 years of experience
Joseph radiates professionalism and performs tremendous, lasting work. I’ve been lucky enough to have him for two appointments and it’s a true marvel to watch his handicraft. He’s also a great teacher who can explain your engine in simple terms. Highly recommend!

Jason

9 years of experience
16 reviews
Jason
9 years of experience
Jason did an awesome job! I recommend him and yourmechanic.com hands down over the auto shops or crooked dealerships. Polite, honest and know their stuff. More importantly, the will not try to sell you a bunch of unnecessary repairs.

Milenko

15 years of experience
86 reviews
Milenko
15 years of experience
My father met him before I did and told me, "There is a nice guy outside. Says he's here to fix your car." This was my first impression of Milenko and of YourMechanic in general. When I came outside I shook his hand and talked a little bit about the car. He briefed me on what he would do and the equipment he brought with him, and promptly got to work! After the work was completed, within the time allotted, he had the old parts that were removed laid out nice and neat on the ground to show me exactly what was wrong or, in my case, what could be better. My cars valves were old! He then brought me over to the engine of my car to show me proof of the repair. Whipped out his phone and turned on the light to show me the blue lining that indicated the repair had been done. -Something I've never seen in a mechanic before. The transaction was smooth and I didn't pay a dime until the work was done. He used his phone to walk me through the confirmation process, making sure I had view of his phone at all times so "I knew nothing fishy was going on". That makes sense because I can imagine people being skeptical of someone having your card number. Rest assured, they don't actually have any more view of your card number than the last 4 digits, and he made that known as well. Very trustworthy individual.

James

28 years of experience
571 reviews
James
28 years of experience
James showed up on time. Worked on the Suburban and she is now running fine.

Maxwell

16 years of experience
390 reviews
Maxwell
16 years of experience
Maxwell was AWESOME. Just by talking with him I could tell that he really knows his stuff, and that is important when you are having someone work on your European car, and other mechanics have told you that they have never worked on "one of these" before! Yikes. It was very comforting to know that he understands well the differences in function and specialized tools needed to perform the work on a VW. This was warranty work, and he found and fixed the problem and made recommendations (but not over-kill sales pitches) regarding maintenance work to do over the next few months or so. No pressure, no fear tactics - just good, knowledgeable, service and recommendations, and THAT will earn him more much work from me than some other auto-repair shop that may make a killing right off the bat but to which I would never return because of their poor ethics. I highly recommend Maxwell. Very nice guy, friendly, and obviously passionate about what he does. He will be my requested mechanic going forward! Thanks, Maxwell!

Rodney

34 years of experience
386 reviews
Rodney
34 years of experience
Rodney did a great job making quite a few repairs to my car. He was very professional and timely! I will use Rodney again in the future!


How much does Valve Cover Gasket Replacement cost in Saratoga?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2014 Mazda 6 $107 $26.56 $79.99 20% $134.06
2013 Chevrolet Tahoe $147 $35.30 $111.98 20% $185.80
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe $135 $22.72 $111.98 22% $173.22
2010 Acura RDX $295 $151.05 $143.98 14% $344.55
2004 Mercedes-Benz CL600 $932 $148.45 $783.90 22% $1201.95
2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG $387 $170.58 $215.97 16% $460.83

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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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