Most car owners don’t take the trouble of learning about their cars especially the components that make them tick but more especially the sealants or components that are used to get them up and running again. One very important component of any vehicle is the head gasket without which a vehicle just won’t function. Just exactly what is a head gasket?
What it is and its strategic placement in the engine
Generally speaking it’s a thin gasket made of either steel or cork material placed between the main “block” and cylinder. The placement of this sealant material in this strategic position prevents the overflow of water and oil into places where they shouldn’t be and therefore prevent the occurrence of major problems to the engine of your vehicle. A major breakdown would not only cause personal commuting issues but would also dig into your wallet for major repair and maintenance costs that would need to be done to your vehicle.
Aspects to look out for when monitoring your vehicle
You need to know the age of your car and the general condition in which it is operating. Normally, the older the car the more susceptible it becomes to gasket trouble and the more you need to prepare yourself for the inevitable. If your car has completed 75,000 or more, it’s a good cue to take for a general overhaul of your vehicle especially around the head gasket area with the most suitable type of sealant. The failure of the gasket in your car will allow water to enter and mix in with the lubricating oil and both may flow together into the combustion chamber disrupting the combustion force that drives your car along the road with increasing momentum.
Immediate corrective action can avert a major vehicle breakdown
You need to exercise constant monitoring and rapid response action to your car when something does happen but the better procedure would be in regular pre-emptive monitoring and response action. It would do you well to notice the constant overheating of your engine due to old age as overheating itself can create irreparable warping to the cylinder heads which can be compounded by the lack of regular servicing and check-ups on your vehicle by a local mechanic. Such an approach would definitely prevent the likelihood of your car breaking down on the roadside.
The symptoms that signal potential head gasket failure and how to fix it
· Look for white/yellow film trapped inside the oil filler cap
· flat spots during driving
· emission of white smoke from exhaust
· blue smoke emitted from the exhaust
· uneven engine performance
There are some known ways of addressing a head gasket failure:
· the head bolts are re-torqued
· the head gasket is replaced
· a head gasket sealer is used to
The perfect solution for a head gasket failure
Using a head gasket sealer is the ultimate solution for the failure of the head gasket which you can do yourself and not incur repair costs. It’s a fast and efficient way that simply involves pouring the sealant into the radiator cap, enters the leak and seals it allowing you to continue driving your car smoothly with a minimum of work. The job can be done inside an hour and your vehicle can gain many more years of trouble free performance.