Cylinder Head Gaskets

Does your vehicle have an oily water sludge mix in the coolant or engine?

Is the engine overheating or does it have a running problem? Is steam or smoke coming from your exhaust or is the engine suffering with low compression? Auto Experts Medway in Chatham near Rochester and Gillingham in the centre of Medway can check into your vehicles problems. All these symptoms could be a sign that the head gasket needs replacing.

What is a Head Gasket?

The head gasket is the seal situated between the cylinder head at the top of the engine and the block that holds the pistons, conrods and crankshaft. The head gasket enables the engine to get compression within the combustion chamber by allowing the inlet and exhaust gases to be contained within the engine. It fundamentally ensures that the oil, coolant, air and fuel mixture remain separated.

Reasons Why They Fail:

The main reason why a head gasket might fail will be down to an overheating engine. Should an engine be low on coolant or oil, an engine will run hotter than normal. When something gets hotter it expands or becomes softer than normal. The head gasket in these circumstances may falter and allow the oil to mix with the water. It could also cause coolant to escape into the exhaust system or combustion chamber which can cause rough running. If this happens the coolant or leaking oil may cause steam or smoke to pass through the exhaust system.

Should the oil and water mix the engine oil emulsifies and turns into a sludge. This sludge mix can be found in either the engine or the cooling system.

A cylinder head over time may corrode internally causing coolant or gases to begin leaking. This may cause your engine to have low compression and lead to your head gasket needing to be renewed because of failure.

Why Choose Auto Experts Medway?

We at Auto Experts Medway in Medway have established a superb reputation for high quality vehicle repair services, refer to our testimonials from our customers from Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester on our testimonial page.

On many occasions when carrying out a diagnosis a partial strip down is necessary. Should you agree to have any necessary work completed at this time, this initial diagnosis becomes free due to the fact that your vehicle has been partially stripped down already.

So if your vehicle has a running problem allowing steam to exit through the exhaust, has low compression, is overheating or smokes. Then come to Auto Experts Medway in Chatham we are close to both Gillingham and Rochester in Medway.

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