Part of inspecting the vehicle should include the head gasket when you pop the hood. The failure of a head gasket is sometimes due to the vehicle’s engine design. Maintenance of the cooling system with quality fluid is even more important. When a temperature gauge rises to the hot zone, it means that the engine is really hot. If an engine rises above 240 degrees F, the head gasket and cooling system could both be pushed beyond their normal limits. Make sure to contact us if you are noticing this happening.
Another factor that can lead to gasket failure is low-grade fuel. This is often responsible for excess pressure on the cylinder head. This occurs when fuels with lower-than-recommended octane levels are used in an engine. If you are not sure what is the correct fuel to use, we can advise you on what the vehicle needs.
Signs of an Issue
Common symptoms of a blown head gasket could be a variety of things. External leaks of coolant from under the exhaust gasket can be a sign. Also look for any overheating under the hood. You may also notice smoke blowing from the exhaust with a white-like tint. Also look for any depleted coolant levels with no trace of leakage. A bubble formation in the radiator and overflow compartment can also be a sign of a blown head gasket. You can also look for any sign of a milky discoloration of the oil.
Make sure to notice if you have an issue, and drive accordingly. If you only see a slight loss of pressure under a hard load, you only have a slight problem with the head gasket. If you are regularly adding coolant to the engine just to keep it from overheating, there is a serious issue. Even if the engine does not overheat, it could still have irreparable damage. This is because it is constantly placed under high pressure conditions. Any sign of an issue, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the vehicle for you.