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Old 10-07-2013, 10:38 PM
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Gasket replacement cost

Hi everyone!

I just got quoted for profile valve cover gasket set and valve motor gasket replacement for $494.71 at the independent auto shop.

Profile valve cover gasket set part $ 40.76
Valve tropic motor gasket part $17.23
Labor total $431.50

Brake fluid flush $113.81

Are these prices reasonable? It seems to be reasonable, but really don't have clue.
Thank you in advance!
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:51 AM
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Hi everyone!

I just got quoted for profile valve cover gasket set and valve motor gasket replacement for $494.71 at the independent auto shop.

Profile valve cover gasket set part $ 40.76
Valve tropic motor gasket part $17.23
Labor total $431.50

Brake fluid flush $113.81

Are these prices reasonable? It seems to be reasonable, but really don't have clue.
Thank you in advance!
Looks like the gasket is about 1/2 of the dealer price. Brake fluid price is a little high for an indi, but OK.
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:54 AM
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Hi everyone!

I just got quoted for profile valve cover gasket set and valve motor gasket replacement for $494.71 at the independent auto shop.

Profile valve cover gasket set part $ 40.76
Valve tropic motor gasket part $17.23
Labor total $431.50

Brake fluid flush $113.81

Are these prices reasonable? It seems to be reasonable, but really don't have clue.
Thank you in advance!

Yeah seems market. If you're ambitious, can save all labor w/DIY - procedures readily available..
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:22 AM
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Yeah seems market. If you're ambitious, can save all labor w/DIY - procedures readily available..
Yup, valve cover gaskets, including the 6 well gaskets are simple DIY
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:07 PM
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I would like to, I'm pretty frugal with expenses. But, I don't really know much about cars and don't have any tools for it.
I wouldn't know what to do if I mess it up. FYI, I'm a girl. Is the procedure pretty simple without high chance messing it up?
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:09 PM
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I would like to, I'm pretty frugal with expenses. But, I don't really know much about cars and don't have any tools for it.
I wouldn't know what to do if I mess it up. FYI, I'm a girl. Is the procedure pretty simple without high chance messing it up?
It's simple but it's not that simple, take it to a mechanic. If you haven't done car stuff before, don't bother. Especially with the valve cover gasket.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:15 PM
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If you haven't wrenched at all.

If you haven't wrenched at all.
I wouldn't attempt it . If your interested in doing this sort of stuff
take a class if possible or find a friend to teach you.
Start out on something not to hard like changing the air filters.

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Old 10-08-2013, 10:47 PM
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Ok, thanks for your replies.
I think, it's better for me to take it to the shop. Small sized and medium sized screw drivers are only tools in my place, gosh.. I don't even have a hammer. I don't really have any friends who does these kind of things. That's why I have to ask you guys, thanks for this site. Maybe I should start to have interest now. I just found out that my cpo expired 09/29/2013. Seriously......bummer! it could have been covered, right?! I don't plan to get a new car anytime soon, my car is 2007 328i with 30k miles. Would it be better for me to purchase like power train or gold warranty offered by BMW?
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:05 PM
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BMW won't insure anything past 100k I think.

BMW won't insure anything past 100k I think.
And I thought they also had a time limit with cpo being the end of it.
The best thing you can do in my opinion is just get the kind
of maintenance that will keep you car in good shape.

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Old 10-09-2013, 12:57 AM
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BMW won't insure anything past 100k I think.
And I thought they also had a time limit with cpo being the end of it.
The best thing you can do in my opinion is just get the kind
of maintenance that will keep you car in good shape.
It's 30,000 miles. Didn't pass 100,000miles. You mean, just keep up well with maintenance, right? That's what I was told by one of the BMW advisor, since I rarely drive.
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:20 AM
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:00 PM
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Not to return to square one but are you sure a new gasket is needed?

That's pretty unusual with such low mileage.

I hope the meticulous maintenance guys don't stone me but as little as you drive you live with a little seepage.

Is oil dripping on your garage floor?
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Not to return to square one but are you sure a new gasket is needed?

That's pretty unusual with such low mileage.

I hope the meticulous maintenance guys don't stone me but as little as you drive you live with a little seepage.

Is oil dripping on your garage floor?
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:25 AM
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Not to return to square one but are you sure a new gasket is needed?

That's pretty unusual with such low mileage.

I hope the meticulous maintenance guys don't stone me but as little as you drive you live with a little seepage.

Is oil dripping on your garage floor?
O my... This is more complicated job than I thought. No, i don't think its dripping but I see the oil spots on engine (?) and smell something burning.
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:37 AM
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Then I suggest you go with your indy's rec ...... burning smell is a sign!
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Old 10-10-2013, 06:10 PM
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Then I suggest you go with your indy's rec ...... burning smell is a sign!
So, if you see spots of dried oil on engine and burning smell are the signs that I need to change both cover and gasket?
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Old 10-10-2013, 06:27 PM
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Usually its just the gasket.

Usually its just the gasket.
Unless the valve cover is warped . But your quote said the parts were only 10% of the cost.
Also I don't see and actual valve cover in that quote.
Its valve cover set and a valvetronic motor gasket.

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Old 10-11-2013, 07:02 AM
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So, if you see spots of dried oil on engine and burning smell are the signs that I need to change both cover and gasket?
Like ctuna mentioned, that cover would have to be warped to need a change out. I'd make sure the entire set, including the plug well gasket is replaced as well. See #2/#3 in this diagram. You'll notice this set was superseded from 07/07 forward.
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:53 PM
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Gasket replacement cost

Looks like I need my VCG replaced now. Dealer quoted $830, Indy $475...anything I should have Indy shop do while in there that would not drastically increase the quote?


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Looks like I need my VCG replaced now. Dealer quoted $830, Indy $475...anything I should have Indy shop do while in there that would not drastically increase the quote?


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You didn't tell us which car and engine you have, I'll assume gasoline fueled.
For very little additional cost the shop should examine your spark coils and boots for early signs of carbon tracking/shorting to ground. They should clean any oil out of the sparkplug wells. And they should pull a few plugs just to ensure their condition.

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Old 12-05-2013, 05:29 AM
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Thanks, n52 2007 525i..dealer replaced my spark plugs back in March so I should be good there.


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Old 12-05-2013, 06:29 AM
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they didnt see oil leaking then?
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:35 AM
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Gasket replacement cost

They did see oil leaking and replaced the oil filter housing seals. Only way I noticed was via Idrive reporting a quart low warning several thousand miles post oil change. Currently, I see white smoke from time to time with a burnt rubber scent coming from the rear of the engine bay on the passenger side.


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They did see oil leaking and replaced the oil filter housing seals. Only way I noticed was via Idrive reporting a quart low warning several thousand miles post oil change. Currently, I see white smoke from time to time with a burnt rubber scent coming from the rear of the engine bay on the passenger side.

OK it's time to separate the amateur from the dedicated DIY addict. NOW is the time to determine if your need to: Replace Head Gasket

Are you losing coolant?

Is there crap in your coolant?

Is the white smoke at startup present even when weather's warm?

If you answered YES to any of the above, YOU may have a bad head gasket!





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Old 12-05-2013, 08:24 AM
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Or maybe you have a coolant leak. Jack that bad boy up, take off the underside cover, and have a look!

Durn. Not nearly the fun of the surgery in prev post.


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