Geo Prizm Valve Cover Gasket Replacement Cost

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Valve Cover Gasket Replacement
The average cost for a Geo Prizm valve cover gasket replacement is between $85 and $100. Labor costs are estimated between $52 and $67 while parts are priced at $33. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: This service is typically done as part of a bigger, more expensive repair, so the estimate you see above may not represent your total cost. Some of these bigger related repairs are listed in the table below. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs may be right for you.
Valve Cover Gasket Replacement

What is a valve cover gasket?

The valve cover sits atop the cylinder head, and the valve cover gasket is sandwiched between them to keep circulating oil inside. The majority of valve cover gaskets are molded rubber, tailored to fit. In some cases, the spark plug tube gaskets are part of the valve cover gasket, and are replaced at the same time.

Valve cover gaskets are different than head gaskets.

What are the symptoms related to a bad valve cover gasket?

A bad valve cover gasket will result in an oil leak. You may notice oil under the car or on other parts under the hood. You might also notice a burning smell while driving.

» LEARN MORE: Signs of a bad valve cover gasket

Can I drive with a valve cover gasket problem?

A vehicle can still be driven with a leaking valve cover, but the leaking oil will cause other problems over time. Spark plug wells can fill with oil, causing a misfire. Oil dripping on coolant hoses will cause them to become soft and eventually burst. And the smell of burning oil will become more noticeable in the cabin.

How often do valve cover gaskets need to be replaced?

Repair intervals vary greatly by vehicle and driving conditions. The valve cover gasket does not wear like a tire or a ball joint, but eventually the gasket's rubber or cork will degrade to the point where it leaks. 

Valve Cover Gasket Replacement Cost Estimates

The average cost for a Valve Cover Gasket Replacement is between $85 and $100 but can vary from car to car.