Head Gaskets

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Head Gasket Replacement in Loudoun County

“You have a blown head gasket” can be some scary words for any vehicle owner to endure. Luckily we’re here to help, we’ve been replacing head gaskets for over 50 years.

What is a Head Gasket?

The head gasket creates a joined seal between the engine block and the cylinder head.  This seals not only the combustion chamber but also the coolant passages in your engine.  Because of this your head gasket is subject to both extremely hot high pressure combustion gases as well ambient temperature as engine coolant, which could be as cold as it the outside air when first starting your vehicle. Due to the wide range of temperatures and relatively large surface area, it is not unusual for head gaskets to develop leaks over time.

Head Gasket Facts

  • The most common cause of headgasket failure is overheating.
  • Most of the time a blown head gasket can be heard by the sinister sound of knocking or pinging coming from within the engine.
  • Other signs of head gasket failure include coolant leaking on the outside of the exhaust manifold, white smoke billowing out of the exhaust pipe, engine overheating, radiator coolant bubbles, milky white oil, or substantial coolant loss without any sign of leak.
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