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    Thread: Valve stem seal replacement cost?

    1. 04-05-2006 12:37 PM #1
      I need my valve stem seals replaced. One shop quoted me about $400 to do the job. Does this seem right or too much? It's a 1995 2.0.

    2. 04-05-2006 12:40 PM #2
      That $400 is 99% labor cost. A new set of valve stem seals costs less than $10. Its a 2 hour job at the most. If you have a Bentley manual, tools, a valve spring compressor, and a piece of nylon rope, you can do it yourself in an afternoon.

    3. 04-05-2006 12:47 PM #3
      What's the nylon rope for?

    4. 04-05-2006 01:05 PM #4
      So when you remove the valve springs, the valves dont fall into the engine. You shove the rope in the spark plug hole.
      The valve springs gotta be removed before you can access the stem seals.

    5. 04-05-2006 01:10 PM #5
      I might give it a try myself, but if I was to have someone do it do you think that $400 is reasonable?

    6. 04-05-2006 02:17 PM #6
      $400? no.
      At $70/hr, thats almost 6 hours to do the job. A mechanic with the right tools...and who KNOWS what they're doing, should be able to get it done in 2-3 hours max.

    7. 04-05-2006 05:38 PM #7
      But they will charge by the book regardless of actual time...especially at a dealership... (Unless VW operates totally different than others)

    8. Steve@USRT
      04-05-2006 11:17 PM #8
      If you went to a shop expect to pay around $250 for this...

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