Head Gaskets

Blown Head Gaskets in Jamestown, nc


A head gasket in cars is the ringed panel that sits in between the cylinder head and engine block. It is a barrier to prevent engine fluids from leaking into the cylinders. Over time, the hot and cold temperature ranges that the head gasket endures can cause a blown head gasket. On average you will get about 200,000 miles or about ten years out of a head gasket on your vehicle.

There are a handful of evident signs that you have blown a head gasket. So it is essential to be on the lookout in case you notice something wrong with your vehicle.

If you see white smoke coming out of your vehicle’s tailpipe, you may be experiencing head gasket problems. Head gasket leaks are internal to the engine, and when the coolant flows into the combustion chamber, and the coolant burns/evaporates, the white smoke is formed. You might also find that the smoke as a sweet smell to it, even as the engine warms.

When dealing with head gasket issues, you might find that your oil turns white or becomes milky in appearance. This happens when coolant leaks into the combustion chamber and then seeps past your piston rings. You can check your oil dipstick or around the cap for any changes in the appearance of the oil.

But that isn’t all. Other signs and symptoms of a blown head gasket include high engine temperature, low coolant levels, or a fouled spark plug.

Symptoms of a blown head gasket should never be ignored. Ignoring them can lead to even more problems which can damage even more expensive parts such as the engine or catalytic converter.

Think you may be having problems with your head gasket? Give Tim Small Automotive a call at 336-454-5736 or email at tim@timsmallautomotive.com today!