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post #1 of 6 Old 07-16-2013, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone have a name of a good mechanic that can do valves if the problem arises? These cars seem to wear valve guides quickly.

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Will wait for the pros to chime in, but replacing 40 valve guides and doing an engine out service simultaneously would probably be a five figure job.

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Depending on what else you need, it could easily approach and eclipse $20k.
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If you can, try to isolate the loss of compression in that cylinder. I think it would be useful to a potential buyer to know if the problem is in the head, or in the shortblock.

A good technician should be able to isolate the problem for you.

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It varies according to the standard of quality and region.

I generally tell people it will be a little more than double the price of a major service on a car that is known and will have no surprises.

Surprises get expensive.

Sandy Eggo's price is not far off.

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If you can, try to isolate the loss of compression in that cylinder. I think it would be useful to a potential buyer to know if the problem is in the head, or in the shortblock.

A good technician should be able to isolate the problem for you.



We almost never see those that are not caused by valve leakage. The problem with valve leakage of that degree (its down to about 2/3's optimal) it makes it difficult if not impossible to know if it also has ring leakage. I always do a leak down after head removal to test those. Sometimes you have both and that is the only way to know.


If I was the seller I would discount the car and sell as is. It would be almost impossible to recoup the repair cost in the sale.

Buyers almost always have rose colored glasses when it comes to unknown repair costs.
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