what is the expected cost of a valve job? I haven't got a clue...
$200. In NJ according to darryl
Most of the guys i have worked with will pull the valve cover and let it sit in the shop to cool down before they start on the adjustments.Lizzurd, is there any way to insure the mechanic does the valve adjustment when the engine is cold. I understand if they start it and pull it into the bay from the parking lot, the heat from that brief trip messes up the tolerance measuring.
I have seen several 'very experienced' mechanics pull the valve cover and check the valve adjustment just by feel. They would move the rocker arm up and down and if it didn't feel right to them, then it got the feeler gauge. After doing adjustments for years, most of these guys know when it's right and when it's not.When I hit the recommended maintenance interval, I spoke to several experienced Honda/Acura mechanics, and they all said that when they check the valve clearances, they routinely put the valve cover back on because most of the time, they are in spec, thus their informed opinion regarding the relative lack of necessity of valve clearance checks in the absence of other issues.