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Want to learn more about Rocker Cover Gasket replacements?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What is the rocker cover gasket?

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.

What does a rocker cover gasket replacement involve?

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.

Can I do a rocker cover gasket replacement myself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a rocker cover gasket replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What are the symptoms of a bad valve 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

How long does it take to change a rocker cover gasket?

A rocker cover gasket replacement typically takes 1.5 hours, but times can range from under 1 hour to 2.5 hours. Ultimately, the time that the job will take depends on a range of factors. For example, your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should I replace a 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.

Can I drive my car with a leaking valve cover gasket?

If you suspect there is any issue with your vehicle's valve cover gasket or there are concerns about its age or condition, book an inspection with a professional mechanic with immediate effect. Driving the vehicle with a leak from the valve cover gasket may lead to further complications and damage, a fire hazard may develop if oil leaks onto hot engine parts.

Is a leaking rocker cover gasket an MOT failure?

While the rocker gasket cover is not checked during an MOT, any sort of leak that is excessive will result in an MOT failure. It's best to find out the source of the leak and get it fixed by a qualified mechanic.

How long should a rocker cover gasket last?

Rocker cover gasket can last between 50,000 - 100,000 miles but can sometimes wear out prematurely and will start to get brittle.

Is a valve cover gasket leak serious?

A valve cover gasket leak can be serious because it may allow oil to drip onto the engine which can cause permanent damage if the car continues to be driven without repair. In worst-case scenario, it can also cause a fire.

What is the rocker cover gasket?

The rocker cover gasket is located between the rocker cover and the top of the cylinder head on an internal combustion engine. Its purpose is to seal the top of the engine so that oil and coolant do not leak out, and to prevent dirt and debris from entering.

What happens if rocker cover gasket is leaking?

If the rocker cover gasket is leaking, the engine can lose oil and may eventually overheat.

How much does it cost to replace a rocker cover gasket?

Prices for a rocker cover gasket replacement range from £65 to £210 with an average cost of £110. Ultimately, 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!

Check out the ClickMechanic price for a rocker cover gasket replacement, and find out what you would pay at a franchise dealer. We use industry standard data & millions of data points so you know what you should be paying. These estimates may include Rocker cover, Rocker cover gasket, Rocker cover gasket, Rocker cover gasket and/or Rocker cover gasket. We have rocker cover gasket replacement prices for 40 different manufacturers.

Name ClickMechanic Click Mechanic average Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

£342 £131 - £1,252 Get exact price

Audi

£146 £146 - £341 Get exact price

BMW

£281 £281 - £569 Get exact price

Chevrolet

£52 £68 - £100 Get exact price

Chrysler

£196 £259 - £286 Get exact price

Citroen

£64 £58 - £141 Get exact price

Dacia

£120 £212 - £212 Get exact price

Daewoo

£43 £69 - £69 Get exact price

Fiat

£147 £99 - £402 Get exact price

Ford

£86 £105 - £153 Get exact price

Honda

£69 £74 - £144 Get exact price

Hyundai

£49 £62 - £76 Get exact price

Jaguar

£171 £192 - £316 Get exact price

Jeep

£76 £97 - £124 Get exact price

Kia

£56 £69 - £133 Get exact price

Lada

£43 £72 - £72 Get exact price

Land Rover

£174 £118 - £389 Get exact price

LDV

£299 £525 - £525 Get exact price

Lexus

£128 £195 - £238 Get exact price

Maserati

£309 £401 - £401 Get exact price

Mazda

£67 £82 - £126 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

£302 £349 - £599 Get exact price

MG

£66 £124 - £124 Get exact price

MINI

£84 £98 - £154 Get exact price

Mitsubishi

£91 £72 - £237 Get exact price

Nissan

£146 £202 - £316 Get exact price

Peugeot

£67 £55 - £143 Get exact price

Porsche

£215 £292 - £293 Get exact price

Proton

£106 £193 - £193 Get exact price

Renault

£228 £200 - £726 Get exact price

Rover

£65 £74 - £118 Get exact price

Saab

£62 £69 - £120 Get exact price

SEAT

£225 £193 - £399 Get exact price

Skoda

£299 £197 - £501 Get exact price

Subaru

£62 £88 - £120 Get exact price

Suzuki

£67 £68 - £143 Get exact price

Toyota

£58 £54 - £125 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£141 £88 - £246 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£165 £145 - £292 Get exact price

Volvo

£132 £140 - £286 Get exact price

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  • DS
  • Mitsubishi Fuso
  • Moskvich
  • Bentley
  • Cadillac
  • Ford US
  • Aixam
  • Austin
  • Daimler
  • Dodge
  • FSO
  • Iveco
  • Maybach
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Santana
  • Tata
  • Great Wall
  • Piaggio
  • Perodua
  • Infiniti
  • Aston Martin
  • Daihatsu
  • Isuzu
  • Lancia
  • Lotus
  • Ssangyong
  • London Taxi's International
  • Smart

Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for a rocker cover gasket replacement, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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