On the 2007 Toyota Prius, according to the Toyota Normal Service Schedule, the Valve Clearance is to be inspected at intervals of every 60,000 miles and adjusted as necessary. On this vehicle, however, the likelihood of the Valve Clearance being off and “need” to be adjusted is very rare. If the valve clearance were to be off, you’d hear “chatter” on the top end of the engine. As long as you are not hearing any unusual noises then, it’s a safe bet to assume all is well, and there is no need for adjustments or service. If the valves DO need to be adjusted, the Labor Time Guide calls for 5.2 hours to complete the adjustment. Labor rates vary from shop to shop, so what you pay for labor will effect the bottom line. For a job of this type, a “fair” labor rate can by anywhere from $85-$125 per hour.
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