Checking the Head Gasket

head gasket

The head gasket is a ringed panel that is placed between the cylinder head and engine block. The head gasket is put in place as a barrier that prevents engine fluids from leaking into the cylinders. Also, it is among the most vital components in the combustion chamber. In addition to serving as a barrier to the cylinder, the head gasket blocks off conduits to the oil and water.

Since it’s between hot and cold engine components, the head gasket faces a full range of temperatures. This ranges from the high heat of the combustion chamber to the often cold temperatures of the cooling system. As the impacts of temperature changes take their toll over time, the head gasket can ultimately bear marks along the surface. Leaks do often develop along this crucial area. If the problem worsens, the gasket can blow. If an issue comes up, make sure to contact us. That way we can inspect the vehicle for you. read more

Common Reasons for the Check Engine Light

The check engine light is part of a built in computerized system, so you should not ignore it. It is important to not confuse the check engine soon light with the service engine light because they have different meanings than the check engine light. The maintenance is required when a service engine soon light illuminates at a given mileage to let you know that a vehicle service is needed.

Check engine light

The check engine light is now required to monitor a number of different emissions factors, including the exhaust that comes out of the engine. It can even monitor the exhaust again as it is exiting the catalytic converter. These newer systems are so precise that the check engine light may come on if the gas cap is not tight enough. Also the light will come on if there is a leak anywhere in the fuel system. read more

Engine Tips to Know

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The engine is a finely tuned mechanical machine that is built to handle a number of explosions every second in order to power a vehicle. The power from the engine goes to each of the wheels. If you notice any strange noises from the vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can. This way we can inspect the engine for you. If there is an issue, we can alert you to it as soon as possible.

When the engine works, it causes a rapid burst to cause the pistons to go up and down. By doing this power is created, which is then shifted to the wheels, as needed. This includes the front, the rear, or all four depending on the current transmission configuration. The pistons go up and down in their cylinders. The cylinders lacking proper lubrication is the source of the most dangerous problems of the engine, as a lack of lubricants can cause the engine to seize up. read more