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Old 08-28-2012, 03:30 PM   #1
atwnsw
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Is it necessary to replace crank case vent valve if minor oil leak?

I recently hired a BMW independent mechanic (formerly with dealership for 5 years) to do some work on my car on the side. He is a very nice person and very capable.

While doing some other work for me he noticed the the valve has some oil on the exterior and suggested that I replace the crank case vent valve and all the hoses.

He would charge me $175 parts and $245 labor = $420 total. While I have read that some people have done this DIY, I won't be doing it myself. From what I have read the labor seems reasonable.

If the car runs fine, do I need to have this done now? Is it better to do before a hose leaks or valve breaks or wait until there are some visible issues with how the car runs, etc...

Any thoughts on what he is charging me?

This is over my head and I would appreciate your input.

Thanks for any guidance.

Anthony

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