The head gasket is a mechanical seal located between the engine block and cylinder head. In addition to serving as a seal for the internal combustion process, the head gasket prevents coolant and motor oil from mixing.
A head gasket is one of the more expensive car parts to replace, with good reason. While the head gasket itself can cost anywhere from $10 to $400 depending on your vehicle, the labor involved requires precision and time. This is not a service that should be rushed.
In order to replace a head gasket, the technician must remove a good portion of the engine. After head gasket installation, everything must be reinstalled to correct specifications. It is imperative that the technician set components to the proper torque settings for the seal to hold. Other aspects, like engine timing, must also be set correct.
Here are three, common symptoms of a blown head gasket:
Some problems overlap with other automotive part failures. A technician will need to inspect your vehicle to identify the cause and type of repair needed. A cracked cylinder head or warped gasket are other possibilities.
A head gasket can fail for different reasons. Some common ones include:
At Prestige Automotive, we specialize in engines and head gaskets. Our ASA and ASE-certified technicians have the training and tools to perform head gasket repair without upsetting your engine settings. When it comes to the major parts of your car or truck, count on the team at Prestige Automotive.
In business since 1995, we have a reputation for excellence with Riverside, CA, Corona, CA, Moreno Valley, CA, Anaheim, CA, and surrounding areas of Orange County.
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