Engine Function & Gasket Maintenace

Engine Function & Gasket Maintenace

Gaskets are one of the essential parts of the engine that most vehicle owners do not anticipate having to replace. Of course, the need for gasket replacement depends on how long the vehicle has been in use and its past history. The purpose of a gasket is to seal engine components and prevent leaks. Engine leaks are one of the worst problems a vehicle can have, which reinforces the importance of functional gaskets.   In general, a gasket will not begin malfunctioning until the vehicle has reached at least 60,000 miles. There are a few warning signs that show when a gasket needs to be replaced. Coolant leaks One of the common signs is coolant leaks that a gasket may need replacing, however, there are other causes for coolant leaks like a leaky radiator cap, a hole in the radiator, or a water pump leak. This type of leak would usually require a replacement of the manifold gaskets that are used to attach the intake manifold cover to the top of the engine. While replacing manifold gaskets can be temporarily delayed, a failing head gasket must be addressed immediately. Located in the combustion chamber, the head gasket is positioned between the cylinder head and engine block, allowing it to seal the cylinders and provide the possible compression to prevent coolant or engine oil from leaking into the cylinders. The areas between the cylinders are the weakest point in an engine. Head gasket repairs and replacement can be expensive, and in some cases, it requires a complete engine overhaul. It is essential that the newly installed gasket is a high-quality replacement...