2002 Chevy S-10 Changing ALSO valve cover gasket?

Tiny
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  • 2002 CHEVROLET S-10
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  • 180,000 MILES
Hello,

My engine is a V6 4.3L about 180,000 miles. The coolant is leaking from the intake manifold gasket, so my mechanic told me to change it. Now, he tells me I should change ALSO the valve cover gasket. Is it easy to change the valve cover gasket while changing the intake manifold gasket?
How much additional money should I expect to pay?

Should I just have to pay the cost of the valve cover gasket? Or also some labor cost to putting in?

About how much more labor to put it in?

If I don't change the valve cover gasket now, about how much much will it cost to change in the future? I'm not loosing much oil. It is seeping a bit, I think. I don't mind checking the oil and refilling if needed (good or bad idea?). Please advice. Thank you!
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Monday, March 15th, 2010 AT 6:24 PM

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Tiny
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I would expect about $35 more for the parts, although there was another less common but expensive possibility. The extra labor I would guess and half hour to an hour additional.

It is a 3 hour job when doing alone. So you are saving $150 maybe? Talk to your shop, they will be able to tell you and should have. IF they are leaing, it can damage plug wires and cause a fire hazard as the exhaust manifold is right there. I suggest doing it.
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Monday, March 15th, 2010 AT 7:12 PM
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Thanks for the answer. The intake manifold gasket is being replaced. The mechanic called to ask if I wanted to have the valve cover gasket replaced too. He was going to check on the price for the gasket. I just wanted to know about how much more to pay for it.

A better question is it EXTRA work for the mechanic to change it, more taking apart, besides the scrapping and gluing and adjusting bolts. I am really hoping it would be parts and labor for the valve cover gasket to be no more than $150 since I'm charged $400 for the replacement of the intake manifold gasket.

If I were to ask the valve cover gasket to be replaced later, another day, will it cost more than now with intake manifold gasket being replaced?
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Monday, March 15th, 2010 AT 7:23 PM
Tiny
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I would expect the cost at this time would be around $110-125 as a guess.

Doing them on their own I would think would be in the $250 neighborhood. So you are certainly saving money by doing them now. $400 for the intake gasket sounds about right.
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 5:15 AM

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