In car engines, the head gasket is a ringed steel or composite panel that seals between the cylinder head and engine block. The head gasket is put in place as a barrier that prevents engine fluids from leaking into the cylinders. As such, the head gasket is among the most vital components in the combustion chamber. In addition to serving as a barrier to the cylinder, the head gasket blocks off conduits to the oil and water.
Symptoms of a blown head gasket are;
• Coolant leaking externally from below the exhaust manifold
• White smoke from the exhaust pipe
• Bubbles in the radiator or coolant overflow tank
• Overheating engine
• White milky oil
• Fouled spark plugs
• Low cooling system integrity
If you have any of these symptoms call Autoland and have our top technicians check your car.
Why head gaskets blow
The head gasket forms a seal between the engine block and the cylinder head. This means your head gasket seals both extremely hot, high-pressure combustion gases and engine coolant which can be anywhere from -15 to 100 degrees Celsius. Due to the wide range of temperatures and relatively large surface area, it is not unusual for head gaskets to develop leaks over time. This can happen regardless of the make or model of your car.
Think Autoland if you’re looking for a North Shore mechanic to look after your head gasket repairs, or car servicing in Auckland.
You will find Autoland, North Shore, is particularly convenient if you live or work around the following areas:
Mairangi bay, Sunnynook, Sunset North, Meadowood, Wairau Park, Rothesay Bay, Pinehill, Campbells Bay, Forest Hill, Murrays Bay and Rosedale.