The Most Mysterious Engine Failure Revealed – Blowing a Gasket

People here in West Mifflin, PA are clever, so you know a problem is mysterious when they can’t spot it after close inspection. One of the easiest to miss types of vehicular breakdown are gasket failures, which are less obvious than spark plugs, coolant or the battery.

Gaskets are flexible, tough seals meant to keep fluids from mixing or escaping, as well as containing or locking out air. They’re made of flexible metals, often steel or copper with an outer rubbery coating. There are many types of gaskets, though the most common ones are:

  • Intake and Exhaust Manifold - These regulate temperature and prevent air from escaping.
  • Oil Pan Gasket - This one keeps oil in the pan when the crankshaft is moving.
  • Cylinder Head - These maintain an air seal and padding to fill the gap between cylinder heads and the engine block.

Preventing gasket failures is simply a matter of changing fluids (coolant, antifreeze) as well as changing oil regularly. Signs of failure include buildup, cracked or discolored coating, gaps appearing or flexibility being lost. Our wise automotive parts gurus at Century 3 Kia are ready to share their knowledge with you today, so come on in and say hello!

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