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Dealer reimbursement to replace valve cover?

jkordzi

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Hi, I'm posting this for my daughter who lives in another state. She had to have the valve cover replaced in her 2015 Encore because of a whistling sound, which was very much like a belt squeal. The NAPA mechanic told her that he thought that Buick was reimbursing folks for this. I checked recalls and don't see anything specific about valve covers, although I've seen reports about the valve cover warping and leaking causing a vacuum leak that whistles. Can anyone verify whether Buick dealers are reimbursing this cost if done by a NAPA mechanic? Thanks.
 

DocBrown

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Recalls are only for safety issues. Everything else is either a TSB (technical service bulletin) or special warranty coverage on a specific component of the vehicle. Sign up at my.buick.com, you'll need the VIN #. Under the Warranty section you'll get a list of applicable special coverage warranty items You'll need to Google the Issue # and you'll get info on things like reimbursement.
 

jkordzi

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Thanks. I signed up and went to the Warranty section. I see things like "Buick 2 Year Scheduled Maintenance," "Corrosion Limited Warranty," "Emission Select Component Ltd Wty," "Powertrain Limited Warranty," and "Bumper to Bumper Limited Warranty." I don't see anything like special coverage warranty.
 

DocBrown

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Thanks. I signed up and went to the Warranty section. I see things like "Buick 2 Year Scheduled Maintenance," "Corrosion Limited Warranty," "Emission Select Component Ltd Wty," "Powertrain Limited Warranty," and "Bumper to Bumper Limited Warranty." I don't see anything like special coverage warranty.

Then there isn't anything for her car. You could also try calling Buick customer service.
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MelsRegal

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The bulletin number is 19-NA-114.
It's a service bulletin only, not a recall.
If the vehicle was out of warranty at the time of repair you wouldn't be covered and there is no mention of reimbursement if repair is not done by a GM dealer.
 

jkordzi

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Thanks. I'm guessing this would be covered under the "Emission Select Component Ltd Wty" but I'm over the 80k mileage limit. So it looks like I'm out of luck.
 

rosco34

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GM sent out a letter covering the valve covers for 100,000 miles. You can submit the bill to your local dealer and get paid. i did
 

asdx1234

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GM sent out a letter covering the valve covers for 100,000 miles. You can submit the bill to your local dealer and get paid. i did
Can you explain this a bit more. Will the dealer cover this? My 2013 encore is at like 99k, but I would like to get this done if possible.
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Smoothsailer717

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Well jist search that number and you find it online… i learned that the 2019’s are also covered.. i thought it was only up to 2016’s.. i guess gm updated the document now but never fixed the design problem…. I will be doing the cruzekit upgrade… i just if im better off waiting for the powetrain warranty to expire?


 

MelsRegal

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Can you explain this a bit more. Will the dealer cover this? My 2013 encore is at like 99k, but I would like to get this done if possible.
This was a technical service bulletin not a recall so you would have to pay.
Your vehicle is past the 6 year 70k miles power train warranty.
 
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