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Old 04-05-2010, 11:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My husband and I just purchased a 2007 Hyundai Sonata v6 with about 58k miles on it. Before purchasing it, we took it by Pep Boys to get it looked over and check for anything we might need to get repaired. We were told that the right valve cover gasket needed to be repaced. After we drove our new car home and took it to the Pep Boys in our town, we were told that the left valve cover gasket also needs to be replaced. My question is about the huge difference in the labor we are being charged for the two gaskets. The labor on the left one is $66, but for the right is $229. We were told that this is because the right one is much harder to get to and will take much more time. Does anyone know if that is true? We already found some extra charges on our estimate for some other things, which has made me extremely suspicious about everything they are charging us for. I don't know anything about cars, so I would really appreciate it if someone could explain this to me in uncomplicated terms.

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Old 04-05-2010, 11:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Should have been covered under Warranty. Pep Boys does not participate in the Warranty
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Old 04-06-2010, 12:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Don't have a v6 myself, but try and look at your engine, the difference should be obvious.
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Old 04-06-2010, 02:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Normally V6 engines are harder to work on because of the intake manifold, and since our cars are FWD = foward wheel drive, the way the engine sits its hard to access the rear gaskets, than the front ones. so yea expect to pay alittle more if you have any work done on it. you should also consider maybe checking the front & rear spark plugs and maybe replacing them, should be done about every 30k or 40K miles, just a reminder.




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My husband and I just purchased a 2007 Hyundai Sonata v6 with about 58k miles on it. Before purchasing it, we took it by Pep Boys to get it looked over and check for anything we might need to get repaired. We were told that the right valve cover gasket needed to be repaced. After we drove our new car home and took it to the Pep Boys in our town, we were told that the left valve cover gasket also needs to be replaced. My question is about the huge difference in the labor we are being charged for the two gaskets. The labor on the left one is $66, but for the right is $229. We were told that this is because the right one is much harder to get to and will take much more time. Does anyone know if that is true? We already found some extra charges on our estimate for some other things, which has made me extremely suspicious about everything they are charging us for. I don't know anything about cars, so I would really appreciate it if someone could explain this to me in uncomplicated terms.

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Old 04-06-2010, 09:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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That sounds about right. The front bank of cylinders is easily accessible. To replace the gasket on the rear bank the intake plenum must be removed so there is a lot more labour involved.

As MiamiLX suggested, I would be visiting a dealer to have the work done under warranty if possible.
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QUOTE (glp209 @ Apr 6 2010, 01:55 AM)
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you should also consider maybe checking the front & rear spark plugs and maybe replacing them, should be done about every 30k or 40K miles, just a reminder.
My owner's manual states the plugs should be changed at 105K miles, which is fine with me!

Back on topic, I believe the valve cover gasket leak is unusual. IIRC, that's the first time I've
heard of an NF Sonata with leaking valve covers. Makes me wonder about the history of the
engine, whether a harsh oil additive was used, or work was done and the valve cover gaskets
not replaced.
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+1 what Bobad said.
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Old 04-06-2010, 02:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thank you so much for the feedback. I contacted my local Hyundai dealership and confirmed that the repair should have been covered under the warranty. The very nice man I talked to said to fax him the invoice for the repairs from Pep Boys and he would talk to his district manager about getting us reimbursed.

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