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Mini Cooper Valve Cover Gasket Replacement

A valve cover gasket replacement is an engine service that varies in cost depending on the year, make, and model of your car.

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Mini Cooper Valve Cover Gasket Replacement

RepairSmith offers upfront and competitive pricing. The average cost for Mini Cooper Valve Cover Gasket Replacement is $219. Drop it off at our shop and pick it up a few hours later, or save time and have our Delivery mechanics come to you.

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Drop-off
Delivery
Price
2011 Mini Cooper 1.6L L4
97,000 miles
Glee T  • 
July 26, 2020 7:26 AM  • 
Los Angeles CA 90011
$212
4.10  hrs
1.60  hrs
2004 Mini Cooper 1.6L L4 Supercharged
146,000 miles
Austin O  • 
July 17, 2020 4:32 PM  • 
Corona CA 92883
$129
3.10  hrs
1.10  hrs
2012 Mini Cooper 1.6L L4 Clubman
161,000 miles
Jennifer J  • 
July 9, 2020 5:35 PM  • 
San Diego CA 92109
$212
1.80  hrs
1.50  hrs
2009 Mini Cooper S
0 miles
Jason L  • 
June 12, 2020 8:30 AM  • 
Las Vegas NV 89117
$139
3.30  hrs
1.20  hrs
2006 Mini Cooper
96,000 miles
Lizeth A  • 
May 17, 2020 3:55 PM  • 
Hacienda Heights CA 91745
$129
3.90  hrs
1.20  hrs
2008 Mini Cooper 1.6L L4 Turbo S
93,126 miles
Aaron J  • 
May 6, 2020 8:00 AM  • 
Orangevale CA 95662
$209
2.20  hrs
1.70  hrs
2008 Mini Cooper 1.6L L4 Turbo
94,000 miles
Aaron J  • 
May 4, 2020 9:30 AM  • 
Orangevale CA 95662
$229
5.00  hrs
1.80  hrs
2008 Mini Cooper 1.6L L4 Turbo
93,000 miles
Aaron J  • 
March 9, 2020 8:00 AM  • 
Orangevale CA 95662
$213
5.80  hrs
1.80  hrs
2011 Mini Cooper
70,000 miles
Alexis C  • 
January 13, 2020 12:00 PM  • 
Los Angeles CA 90016
$211
4.80  hrs
1.60  hrs
2010 Mini Cooper 1.6L L4
75,000 miles
David N  • 
November 27, 2019 3:48 AM  • 
San Diego CA 92105
$156
5.60  hrs
1.50  hrs
2007 Mini Cooper S
80,000 miles
Jenna B  • 
November 7, 2019 1:59 AM  • 
Martinez CA 94553
$140
5.30  hrs
1.00  hrs
2011 Mini Cooper Base
169,141 miles
Kevin T  • 
October 31, 2019 1:00 PM  • 
Walnut CA 91789
$720
4.00  hrs
1.60  hrs
2008 Mini Cooper S Clubman
77,000 miles
Ralph C  • 
October 30, 2019 7:35 PM  • 
Playa Del Rey CA 90293
$234
1.80  hrs
1.80  hrs
2011 Mini Cooper Base
169,141 miles
Kevin T  • 
October 28, 2019 5:57 AM  • 
Walnut CA 91789
$208
2.60  hrs
1.80  hrs
2007 Mini Cooper S
106,000 miles
David E  • 
September 27, 2019 2:00 PM  • 
Los Angeles CA 90027
$120
3.70  hrs
1.10  hrs
2010 Mini Cooper Clubman
59,932 miles
Yansong H  • 
August 24, 2019 6:54 AM  • 
Los Angeles CA 90034
$192
6.40  hrs
1.70  hrs
2007 Mini Cooper S
120,000 miles
Milaana R  • 
August 10, 2019 10:00 AM  • 
San Anselmo CA 94960
$263
4.20  hrs
1.00  hrs
2010 Mini Cooper S
103,000 miles
Belinda A  • 
August 9, 2019 6:42 PM  • 
Carson CA 90745
$205
4.30  hrs
1.80  hrs
2009 Mini Cooper Base
98,000 miles
Michelle B  • 
July 29, 2019 4:52 PM  • 
Fontana CA 92335
$215
4.10  hrs
1.80  hrs
2012 Mini Cooper 1.6L L4 Clubman
161,000 miles
Jennifer J  • 
 • 
San Diego CA 92109
$198
1.80  hrs
1.50  hrs
2005 Mini Cooper 1.6L L4 Supercharged S
153,414 miles
Dean D  • 
 • 
Sacramento CA 95838
$254
4.40  hrs
1.80  hrs
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What is a Valve Cover Gasket?

Let’s treat this like a two-part question.

First: What is a valve cover? A valve cover is a metal or plastic component that covers your car’s valve train and sits on top of the cylinder heads. It serves the purpose of keeping dirt, dust, and debris from entering the cylinder heads, and also the extremely vital purpose of keeping motor oil from leaking into the engine when it should not.

Second: What’s a gasket? A gasket is a common car term, so make a note. It’s really just a seal. So, in this case, the valve cover gasket is a seal on the valve cover. It’s what creates a seamless connection between the valve cover and the cylinder head.

But the gaskets – which are usually made of rubber – can wear out over time as with many car parts. The gasket can get worn thin, or crack, and it will fail to form a perfect seal.

And when that happens, it’s time for a replacement.

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Symptoms of a failing Valve Cover Gasket

Leaks

Cars have a lot of fluids. There’s oil, coolant, and brake fluid, just to name a few. So, if you see a leak, you won’t be able to tell what is immediately wrong. But, you should be able to tell that something is wrong. That something could be the valve cover gasket. The valve cover seals in the motor oil, which means that when the gasket breaks, the oil will start leaking out. When that happens, it may end up under your car, where you should be able to notice it.

Low oil level

If a broken valve cover gasket leads to oil leaks, what do you think that might mean for your oil level? It's good to get in the habit of checking your fluid levels. It only takes a few minutes, and it can help you catch issues before they become bigger, more expensive issues. If you notice that your car is getting low on oil, it could be due to a leak. And that leak could be from the valve cover gasket.

Engine performance problems

While the oil that leaks out from a broken valve cover gasket often falls straight to the ground, it can also end up going into the wrong parts of the engine. It’s fairly common for motor oil to leak onto your car’s spark plugs if the seal in the valve cover isn’t functioning properly. When that happens, your engine is likely to start misfiring. You’ll notice it in the form of poor performance when you’re accelerating, and also a gunshot-like noise.

Burning smell

We all know that leaks are bad, and so are mysterious burning smells. If your car smells funny, something is most likely wrong. Unless it's coming from your bag of gym clothes. When oil leaks through a broken valve cover gasket, it often drips onto the engine, where it burns. So, if your nose picks up a weird burning scent, you might have a valve cover gasket issue.

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How urgent is a Valve Cover Gasket replacement?

If your car has a valve cover gasket that isn’t doing it’s job, it’s still safe to drive, as long as you still have a decent level of oil. Now, that doesn’t mean the repair isn’t urgent. Oil dripping onto the engine can cause damage, and the smell and performance of the car won’t be great, so you should get it replaced sooner than later.

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