What does this mean?
We’re reasonably sure the PCV valve has failed. The PCV pulls air from the bottom of the engine (outside of the engine) and sends it into the engine to burn off. While inexpensive, this is an urgent issue. We’ve listed quotes for a diagnosis. Once a mechanic arrives they will diagnose the vehicle. Then we will send you a quote to repair the issue, and you can decide whether or not to move forward. If you choose not to move forward with the repair, you’ll only be charged for the diagnosis.
On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 9. Some repairs have very low urgency, and we give those a 1. With these repairs, you can wait for as long as you would like, because it will not ever result in harm to you or your vehicle. These are usually cosmetic damages.
We consider a 5 to be something that will eventually need to be done, but you can likely get away with holding off for a while if other things are more pressing. However, if a repair is close to a 10 (or at a 10), this means you should NOT be driving the vehicle, and should get this repaired as soon as possible.
What happens if I wait?
This is a cheap fix with expensive consequences. We’d recommend getting it fixed as soon as possible.
How complicated is this repair?
- This job has no tools required, and can be completed by just about anyone.
- This requires a relatively handy person, but little experience working on cars exclusively.
- This warrants an average person who’s done a fair amount of car repair. Think the weekend mechanic who’s done a brake job or two!
- At this difficulty, the average mechanic could do the job, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself without a fair amount of experience.
- This job is very specialized, requiring very expensive tools only a specialty shop has and a high level of expertise.