Head Gasket : A head gasket is the gasket that seals the cylinder head to the engine block. Head gaskets are made using metal and paper or just metal. Some head gaskets are made with multiple layers of metal. The head gasket must be able to withstand the compression, combustion, coolant and engine oil circulating within the gasket.
Head gasket failures usually occur after an engine has been overheated. Other head gaskets may just fail and leak internally or externally. Typical warning signs of an overheated head gasket failure include coolant mixing with the oil, engine combustion in the coolant, coolant leaking out of the exhaust or no compression. Most cylinder head gaskets that leak externally are rare but obvious when there is a trail of coolant or oil leaking from the head gasket surface.
Head gasket failures caused by overheating must be carefully assesses prior to repairing. Mileage of the engine should be considered. If replacement is the option, the cylinder head must be checked properly for cracks and straightness otherwise the failure of the head gasket will reoccur.
In Tampa, head gasket failures happen. Guy’s Automotive performs major repairs including head gasket replacements. If you need a quote on a head gasket, auto repair or entire engine, check with Guy’s Automotive in Tampa for a quote today.