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The head gasket of your vehicle sits between the engine block and the cylinder head of your engine. Designed to ensure maximum compression by sealing the cylinders, the head gasket also stops coolant and engine oil leaks. It is a crucial part of your engine, providing the most critical seal at any given point. Subsequently, the head gasket must be monitored and maintained in order for your engine to run efficiently and safely.
A number of types of head gasket currently exist:
This type of head gasket is currently favoured for modern engines. Typically manufactured from three layers of steel, it is often coated in a special, rubber-like substance such as Viton to help the gasket adhere to the engine block.
Extremely durable, thanks to a special machining technique called “o-ringing”, solid copper head gaskets are also popular in modern vehicles. By placing a piece of wire around the cylinder, the cylinder bites into the copper and forms permanent seal.
Composite head gaskets, made from asbestos or graphite, use an older technology that has been mostly phased out due to health and safety issues. They are generally more prone to blowouts than more modern head gaskets.
Used uniquely within the Rover K series engines, this head gasket type took its cue from F1 engines at the time. The original design worked well, however, when the engine was redesigned, numerous issues presented themselves.
Typical combustion engines need three circuits of fluids in order to operate correctly. These are:
Each element is vital, however, any mixture of the three may cause engine failure; and the head gasket ensures each element remains separated from the other. Common symptoms of a failing head gasket include blue exhaust smoke (burning oil) and white exhaust smoke (burning coolant). Should you identify these issues, then your head gasket may need replacing. Other problems that may occur if your head gasket fails include; compression loss, leading to reduced power; steam, in the form of evaporating coolant; and engine overheating due to motor oil mixing with antifreeze.
If you find that you need to replace your head gasket, then Mister-Auto is the perfect place from which to source your replacement parts. Buying a head gasket from Mister-Auto is quick and easy, and you will find a variety of major brands for all makes and models of car. In fact, with more than 500,000 parts and accessories in stock, Mister-Auto is among the largest suppliers in Europe.
Great value also comes as standard at Mister-Auto, with up to 60% discount on our parts and accessories—perfect for when you need to buy a new head gasket. Free delivery is available, and all orders feature a 15-day return policy to ensure you are completely satisfied. Use our simple search function and find the parts your need today at Mister-Auto.
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