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Unread 12-11-2014, 02:51 PM   #1
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Jeep book time 4.7 valve cover

Looking to see if anyone has the Jeep/Chrysler Remove and replace book time for the passenger side valve cover on a 2003 WJ 4.7.

I sent it in to trouble shoot a cyl 6 mis-fire. The farthest I let them go, was to check if the rocker arm came off. 630 dollars compression test and remove and put back on valve cover.

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Unread 12-11-2014, 03:53 PM   #2
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Not sure about the book rate but the receipt will show the individual charges.

That sounds about right to me though. Compression test will easily be $200. Provided all 8 are being tested. Takes probably 90 mins. Just testing the one cylinder would still be nearly 30 minutes for a shop.
Removing valve cover also means they probably swapped the gasket (better hope they did, as it leaks after 120K miles)
The passenger side valve cover is the tougher to do of the 2 as there's things like the battery, heater hoses and a wiring harness to move or take out and then to inspect the rocker arms. There's another 2 hours (at least) for labor.

3.5 hours at $120 an hour, + $60 for the gasket and the compression test and you get to $620. Add in some tax and miscellaneous supplies and even if the labor rate is less than 120/hr, it's about right.

Going forward, this stuff is not hard to do your self ...but it would suck to do outside in CT right now so I feel your position. Hopefully you paid a lot to be certain of what is NOT the problem and can move on to something else with some confidence.

I want to know the results of the compression test...
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Unread 12-11-2014, 03:56 PM   #3
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V8 right side they get 2.2hrs per book (ProDemand, Mitchell1) thats for valve cover gasket

not a fun job, lots of crap has to be moved out of the way
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Unread 12-11-2014, 05:17 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. 20psi on cyl 6. Said it's a valve but are adamant I need a new head. Told them to put it back together. Gave me no good reason why I need a new head except they "all do" which is bs. I will drive with 7 cylinders until it blows up then swap in a used engine myself.
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Unread 12-12-2014, 10:24 AM   #5
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It will throw a CEL which means it will not pass inspection. It will cost less to fix now with the new head than to swap engines.... and your fuel economy does not suffer in the process.
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Unread 12-12-2014, 11:09 AM   #6
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That unburned gas will turn your oil into a solvent. And also melt your 400 dollar CAT.
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Unread 12-12-2014, 12:31 PM   #7
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If you're goign to drive it on 7, I'd at least unplug the injector and coil on the dead cylinder.

I wouldn't pull the head off & replace the offending valve without at least going over the rest of the head, myself. I mean, damn - all the work involved in pulling the head, just to slap a valve in there & reassemble? You want / need to be sure it's a quality repair when you're that deep into the labor.
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