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2005 Kia Sedona Question: Oil Leaks

 

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DavidKausch, 3.5L V6, Saint Augustine, FL, February 27, 2011, 21:45
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I just had Kia change my cam seals and now I have leaks from the valve cover gasket. The dealership offer to fix this ( after they just did the prior repair ) for another 500 bucks. Are they not suppose to ensure that the gaskets are in good shape or are they suppose to replace them when they have to remove the covers?

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    DaveJHM February 27, 2011, 22:53
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    Your valve covers are not removed when replacing your cam seals.

    However, one would wonder what diagnosis and testing was performed and how much vigilence was used observing your engine while working on it.

    You may want to try and negotiate a price lower than what they are offering. The $500 is no bargain. In fact, it's high. According to a labor guide, you should be looking at $350-$375 parts and labor for valve cover gasket replacement.

    Good luck.

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    Visitor, March 12, 2011, 19:26

    I know the price is way high on that. What do you expect from a dealership.
    The service manager knows im educated and it drives him nuts.
    I needed them to change the spark plugs at the same time since they had the intake removed and they tried to charge me for 5 hrs labor. Told them, no 1 hr labor plus parts since you already have that part off.

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    Swift Auto Repair Incorporated (8 Answers) , Sarasota, FL - (941) 922-3011
    wefixcars February 28, 2011, 05:29
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    They should have been replaced if the valve covers needed to be removed. However, many times the cam seals can be replaced without removing the valve covers. Depending on how badly the cam seals were leaking, they might have been covering up the fact that the VC's were leaking.

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    DavidKausch, March 12, 2011, 19:31
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    All the cam seals were leaking so they told me, and i had them all replaced.
    They know that i have several major items that I need to have addressed, one would think that they would have just offered to fix that one issue to keep my business.

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