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How to fix a blown head gasket

Cars are usually getting into all sorts of mechanical problems; some are big to handle, others you can fix yourselves. Blown head gaskets fall in the former category. Of all the mechanical problems that your automobile can incur, this particular problem is one of the worst. It can leave you stranded on the side of the road, with you clueless on what to do. Most of the time, the blown head gasket will be as a result of compression in the engine cylinders, causing a leak to form in the gasket. If this leak gets worse, it can lead to further damage, which in this case will merit the “blown” part of the problem.

To diagnose a blown head gasket, you may need to check a few things under the hood. First is the method mentioned in (5) above. If the oil takes on a brown chocolatey hue, then there is a problem. A faulty head gasket can also cause oil to leak into the engine coolant. The coolant will then take on a dark appearance, something you can see when you remove the cap on the engine coolant reservoir.

To fix a blown gasket, you may need to take the car to a mechanic to have pressure checks on the cooling system and the engine cylinders. This is a good option especially if your knowledge of car engines is limited at best. If you don’t think you can handle the problem yourself, it is best to let the professionals handle it.

For those that love to do things themselves, even fix blown head gaskets, then you will need to seal the gasket. First drain all the anti-freeze from your radiator, since you will be using a block sealer and these two don’t mix well. Prepare the k&w head gasket sealer mixture as shown and pour the mixture into your car’s radiator. Let the mixture settle for about half an hour, and then drive a little to let the mixture move around and fill the cracks.

Don’t let a faulty gasket ruin your day, take good care of your engine, and periodically replace the head gasket.


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