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What does a rocker cover gasket do?

The rocker cover is the metal or composite cover on top of the engine that covers the rocker arms of the engine's cylinder head. The rocker cover gasket is sandwiched between the rocker cover and the cylinder head preventing oil leaks by sealing the two parts together.

How does the rocker cover gasket work and what are the components?

Quite simply, the rocker cover gasket is a basic seal made from various materials according to the requirements of the manufacturer that is held in place by the rocker cover and its associated bolts.

How do you know something is wrong with your rocker cover gasket?

As the component is simple, there are only a couple of points to look for;

  • Oil seeping out between the rocker cover and the cylinder head
  • Oil evident in the spark plug or injector wells
  • Oil burning smells from the top of the engine

When should you consider replacing the rocker cover gasket?

If there is only a very small, damp oil area around the gasket, it may just need tightening down. However, anything more than that requires the rocker cover gasket to be replaced, and this should be done as soon as possible as it will only get worse.

How common is a rocker cover gasket replacement?

As every car pretty much has one and it is subject to expansion and contraction as the engine goes from cold to hot and back again, the most common cause of engine oil leaks is the rocker cover gasket.

How can I extend the life of my rocker cover gasket?

There is little you can do except check periodically for signs of leaking and either ensure the cover is tightened down or ask a mechanic to do it.

What happens during a rocker cover gasket replacement?

There will be different requirement of the process depending on the engine manufacturer, but the basic requirement is similar as follows;

  • Mechanic will inspect the rocker cover and the gasket.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the rocker cover gasket.
  • Mechanic will clean the rocker cover.
  • Mechanic will advise if any other parts need to be replaced.
  • Mechanic will run the engine and check for any leaks.

How much does a rocker cover gasket replacement cost?

The cost of replacing the rocker cover gasket depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your rocker cover gasket replaced by ClickMechanic, by selecting your car at the top of this page!

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Alfa Romeo

Parts costs: £28.82 - £1,125.78

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# of quotes: 48

£342

£77 - £1,001

£131 - £1,252

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Audi

Parts costs: £33.79 - £72.88

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£146

£87 - £195

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BMW

Parts costs: £93.36 - £225.81

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£281

£178 - £361

£281 - £569

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Chevrolet

Parts costs: £11.51 - £35.75

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£52

£39 - £62

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Chrysler

Parts costs: £113.57 - £163.38

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# of quotes: 29

£196

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Citroen

Parts costs: £10.91 - £36.78

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£64

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Dacia

Parts costs: £59.18 - £71.02

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# of quotes: 2

£120

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Daewoo

Parts costs: £12.59 - £15.11

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£43

£40 - £40

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Fiat

Parts costs: £18.86 - £43.53

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# of quotes: 60

£147

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Ford

Parts costs: £16.49 - £37.19

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£86

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Honda

Parts costs: £20.47 - £40.39

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# of quotes: 30

£69

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Hyundai

Parts costs: £23.76 - £31.29

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£49

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Jaguar

Parts costs: £35.21 - £78.78

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# of quotes: 27

£171

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Jeep

Parts costs: £41.88 - £59.10

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£76

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Kia

Parts costs: £21.20 - £35.60

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£56

£43 - £79

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Lada

Parts costs: £24.15 - £28.98

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# of quotes: 3

£43

£46 - £46

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Land Rover

Parts costs: £14.77 - £60.14

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# of quotes: 363

£174

£65 - £215

£118 - £389

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LDV

Parts costs: £28.99 - £34.79

Labour time: 4-5 hours

# of quotes: 1

£299

£275 - £275

£525 - £525

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Lexus

Parts costs: £40.17 - £68.33

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# of quotes: 36

£128

£114 - £142

£195 - £238

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Maserati

Parts costs: £135.76 - £162.91

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 2

£309

£255 - £255

£401 - £401

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Mazda

Parts costs: £11.60 - £30.20

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# of quotes: 82

£67

£46 - £73

£82 - £126

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Mercedes-Benz

Parts costs: £118.21 - £199.52

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# of quotes: 223

£302

£222 - £367

£349 - £599

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MG

Parts costs: £22.09 - £26.51

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# of quotes: 1

£66

£71 - £71

£124 - £124

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MINI

Parts costs: £31.87 - £51.80

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# of quotes: 190

£84

£62 - £94

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Mitsubishi

Parts costs: £17.43 - £49.28

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# of quotes: 43

£91

£43 - £135

£72 - £237

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Nissan

Parts costs: £35.31 - £66.26

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# of quotes: 85

£146

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Peugeot

Parts costs: £9.22 - £45.63

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# of quotes: 503

£67

£31 - £87

£55 - £143

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Porsche

Parts costs: £77.48 - £94.34

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# of quotes: 8

£215

£177 - £178

£292 - £293

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Proton

Parts costs: £27.76 - £33.31

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# of quotes: 3

£106

£108 - £108

£193 - £193

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Renault

Parts costs: £20.20 - £47.63

Labour time: 1-7 hours

# of quotes: 214

£228

£108 - £380

£200 - £726

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Rover

Parts costs: £7.31 - £30.22

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# of quotes: 47

£65

£40 - £69

£74 - £118

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Saab

Parts costs: £16.35 - £40.84

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# of quotes: 25

£62

£41 - £74

£69 - £120

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SEAT

Parts costs: £79.96 - £194.87

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# of quotes: 47

£225

£129 - £265

£193 - £399

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Skoda

Parts costs: £88.32 - £305.09

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# of quotes: 69

£299

£134 - £352

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Subaru

Parts costs: £27.09 - £40.62

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# of quotes: 103

£62

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Suzuki

Parts costs: £11.49 - £44.78

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# of quotes: 14

£67

£39 - £86

£68 - £143

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Toyota

Parts costs: £17.49 - £38.29

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£58

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Vauxhall

Parts costs: £26.20 - £105.40

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£141

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Volkswagen

Parts costs: £48.79 - £150.21

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# of quotes: 400

£165

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£145 - £292

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Volvo

Parts costs: £18.55 - £43.99

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 24

£132

£78 - £158

£140 - £286

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