2005 Kia Sedona Q&A
2005 Kia Sedona Question: Oil Leaks
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? - DavidKausch
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. - DaveJHM
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. - wefixcars
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