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I have a 2005 CTT with 98k, which seems to have developed a drivers side valve cover gasket leak. Symptoms are slight smoke from the driver's side under the hood and visible oil buildup around the lower valve cover bolts. I see a handful of threads across various boards mentioning this issue, but nothing as to the cost to replace a valve cover gasket. Does anyone have an estimate as to a ballpark repair cost? Thanks in advance.

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I have just done this.  You need two gaskets per valve cover, one costs $30.00 and the other $13.00 from Sonnen Porsche.  A few local shops quoted me around $600.00 for labor for both sides, but i ended up doing the work myself and it took around 6 hours.  There is a good tutorial over on Pelican parts if you decide to do it yourself.

 

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You might want to torque the bolts, sometimes they come loose. After changing the gaskets smoke will still come because it is difficult to clean up all spilled oil. Take it for a nice long drive. I can still remember the horrible smell of burning oil. 

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I have just done this.  You need two gaskets per valve cover, one costs $30.00 and the other $13.00 from Sonnen Porsche.  A few local shops quoted me around $600.00 for labor for both sides, but i ended up doing the work myself and it took around 6 hours.  There is a good tutorial over on Pelican parts if you decide to do it yourself.

 

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Thanks.  This is exactly what I was looking for.  I may give it a try myself.  The Pelican DIY doesn't look too bad. 

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Is that all you need for valve cover seals replacement? Gasket for each cover?

I thought I remember someone saying there are more seals to replace once you are doing that job.

Would love to know the full parts list. Planning to do soon on mine.

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I think I just found the full list:

1. Valve cover seal - driver side

2. Valve cover seal - pass side

3. Two spark plug hole gaskets

4. Two variocam solenoid gaskets

5. High temperature gasket maker (red one).

Would love to get confirmation if possible. Thanks.

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