price of a valve job

Help, Advice and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's extremely popular car line -- Volvo's 1990s "bread and butter" cars -- powered by the ubiquitous and durable Volvo inline 5-cylinder engine.
1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70, V70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70-XC
1997 - 2004 C70
mrscullini
Posts: 413
Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:26 am
Year and Model: 05 XC70, 08 XC70
Location: Truckee, CA USA

price of a valve job

Postby mrscullini » Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:15 pm

i have 2000 v70xc with 176k. yesterday i got a misfire code on cyl 2. swapped coil pack with cyl 1, code stayed at 2. no compression cyl 2. i figure it's a burned valve or a spring. what's the approximate cost to have a valve job done? is it worth it on this thing?

Ozark Lee
MVS Moderator
Posts: 14083
Joined: Thu Sep 07, 2006 2:24 pm
Year and Model: Many Volvos
Location: USA Midwest
Flag: United States of America

Re: price of a valve job

Postby Ozark Lee » Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:42 pm

If you can R&R the head yourself you are looking at around $150.00 for a head gasket kit and new head bolts. Tack on another $35 to $50 to change out stuff like turbo coolant hoses, oil line gaskets and seals, and other things that are real easy while you are there. A new valve is around $25.00 for an exhaust valve and less than that for an intake valve, you would need to inspect them to see if any others are ready to go and you would need to lap a new valve in but that really isn't a big deal with dye and lapping compound.

The prices vary widely with machine shops but you should be able to get a head repaired for around $300.00 or less unless it has other major problems.

I have a 1999 XC head on my garage floor, it is the same as your 2000 with the exhaust CVVT, that I would sell cheap but I need to run it by the machine shop to make sure it is good. The valves all look good.

PM me if you are interested and then I can run it by the machine shop on Monday to get it checked out.

...Lee
'94 850 N/A 5 speed
'96 Platinum Edition Turbo
'98 S70 T5
'99 V70XC - RIP - Wrecked Parts Car.
'99 V70XC - Nautic Blue
Previous:
'96 850 N/A
1989 740 GLT
1986 740 GLT
1972 142 Grand Luxe

mrscullini
Posts: 413
Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:26 am
Year and Model: 05 XC70, 08 XC70
Location: Truckee, CA USA

Re: price of a valve job

Postby mrscullini » Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:17 am

thanks lee. the problem is i don't have the time to do the r&r. you approximated $300, would that include r&r?

rspi
Posts: 6170
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:40 pm
Year and Model: 850 T-5R Wagon
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Flag: United States of America

Re: price of a valve job

Postby rspi » Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:31 am

His estimate was $525. I just did mine myself and it cost me $850. Someone would likely charge you $1500 to do the job so you're looking at $2,300 to have it done somewhere.
'95 855 T-5R, Panther - 22/28 mpg
'98 S70 GLT, Lil' Red
--------------------
Volvo's of past: '87 740 GLE, '79 262C Bertone, '78 264, '95 960, '97 960, '98 S90, '98 S70 GLT, '95 850 T-5R Yellow
Donate Today - Volvo Repair Videos

madspeed50
Posts: 157
Joined: Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:50 pm
Year and Model: 1998 S70 T5m
Location: PA

Re: price of a valve job

Postby madspeed50 » Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:33 am

i got quoted $1400 at a local saab/ volvo shop on my old 99 S70

Sent from my rooted, rommed Galaxy Nexus....

mrscullini
Posts: 413
Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:26 am
Year and Model: 05 XC70, 08 XC70
Location: Truckee, CA USA

Re: price of a valve job

Postby mrscullini » Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:39 am

rspi wrote:His estimate was $525. I just did mine myself and it cost me $850. Someone would likely charge you $1500 to do the job so you're looking at $2,300 to have it done somewhere.


thanks rspi. approximately how long did it take you to pull the head?

rspi
Posts: 6170
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:40 pm
Year and Model: 850 T-5R Wagon
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Flag: United States of America

Re: price of a valve job

Postby rspi » Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:41 am

Took me 4-1/2 hours to pull it taking photos and writing instructions. Put it all back together in about 9 hours. Didn't have everything I needed, writing instructions and sweating it out in 100 degree heat in the sun.

I think it can be pulled in 3-1/2 hours and put back together in 7. The big thing is having it cleaned and the tools. I can loan you the tools.

I couldn't find anyone here to do it. They were all scared. One shop wanted $2,800. The other I didn't really trust because I believe they did it a year before I purchased the car and the head gasket was leaking when we got it. A very little bit. Took 3 years to get bad enough to do it again (40,000 miles).
'95 855 T-5R, Panther - 22/28 mpg
'98 S70 GLT, Lil' Red
--------------------
Volvo's of past: '87 740 GLE, '79 262C Bertone, '78 264, '95 960, '97 960, '98 S90, '98 S70 GLT, '95 850 T-5R Yellow
Donate Today - Volvo Repair Videos

mrscullini
Posts: 413
Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:26 am
Year and Model: 05 XC70, 08 XC70
Location: Truckee, CA USA

Re: price of a valve job

Postby mrscullini » Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:29 am

rspi wrote:Took me 4-1/2 hours to pull it taking photos and writing instructions. Put it all back together in about 9 hours. Didn't have everything I needed, writing instructions and sweating it out in 100 degree heat in the sun.

I think it can be pulled in 3-1/2 hours and put back together in 7. The big thing is having it cleaned and the tools. I can loan you the tools.

I couldn't find anyone here to do it. They were all scared. One shop wanted $2,800. The other I didn't really trust because I believe they did it a year before I purchased the car and the head gasket was leaking when we got it. A very little bit. Took 3 years to get bad enough to do it again (40,000 miles).


thanks. i started pulling this afternoon. i should have it pulled in about 3 hours. can you give me a list of the specialty tools? how is the timing set once i begin the install?

byeboy
Posts: 391
Joined: Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:48 pm
Year and Model: 850R, 1997
Location: Texas

Re: price of a valve job

Postby byeboy » Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:39 am

You have to realize, if someone else does the work, you are going to have to pay for their time, tools, and skill.

I did mine myself, but I've always been a self-confident sort. It went pretty well, with plenty of step-by-step help on this form. My one burnt valve caused me to pull the head, have it surfaced (for flatness), the valve replaced, new seals (which came with my gasket set) and the head pressure checked, then cleaned...all that cost me $215.00 (many forum members tell me that's about 1/2 of what they pay elsewhere). My gasket set cost $89.00, plus shipping. then I had to buy new head bolts (they are one time use items) for another $30.00 or so....so right there, if someone else was providing those parts as part of a business (which must include a profit component) the "Parts Cost" to a customer will be about $700.00 (my cost was $334.00) . That before anyone picks up a wrench. Just about any shop has yo get close to $100.00 per hour for labor now, so figure one man day, or $800.00. That puts it at $1,400.00. So, if you have it, just pay it! Its only equivalent to a couple car payments in today's crazy car price world!
I also neglected to suggest a new timing belt and tensioner while its off, should be done for parts cost, as they will already be removed as part of the head job.

mrscullini
Posts: 413
Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:26 am
Year and Model: 05 XC70, 08 XC70
Location: Truckee, CA USA

Re: price of a valve job

Postby mrscullini » Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:55 am

byeboy wrote:You have to realize, if someone else does the work, you are going to have to pay for their time, tools, and skill.

I did mine myself, but I've always been a self-confident sort. It went pretty well, with plenty of step-by-step help on this form. My one burnt valve caused me to pull the head, have it surfaced (for flatness), the valve replaced, new seals (which came with my gasket set) and the head pressure checked, then cleaned...all that cost me $215.00 (many forum members tell me that's about 1/2 of what they pay elsewhere). My gasket set cost $89.00, plus shipping. then I had to buy new head bolts (they are one time use items) for another $30.00 or so....so right there, if someone else was providing those parts as part of a business (which must include a profit component) the "Parts Cost" to a customer will be about $700.00 (my cost was $334.00) . That before anyone picks up a wrench. Just about any shop has yo get close to $100.00 per hour for labor now, so figure one man day, or $800.00. That puts it at $1,400.00. So, if you have it, just pay it! Its only equivalent to a couple car payments in today's crazy car price world!
I also neglected to suggest a new timing belt and tensioner while its off, should be done for parts cost, as they will already be removed as part of the head job.


thanks, your points are well taken. i've decided i will do it myself. i'm almost at the point of pulling the head. it was close to the service interval on the t-belt so i will do that. should i replace all the valves? i'd hate to burn another in a short amount of time.


Return to “Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70 & V70-XC Forum (1992-2000)”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: BEJinFbk, Bing [Bot], erikv11, j-dawg, MadeInJapan, Pezgoon, PS78, RigsPGT, Volvofan94 and 52 guests