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What are the Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket?

Having issues with your vehicle is no one's idea of a good time. Issues lead to there being a need for maintenance and in some cases repairs. A blown head gasket is something no one wants to deal with, but we do know it can happen. To hear the possibility of a blown head gasket may immediately turn your sights to dollar signs.

You may immediately think of just how much it will cost if you're dealing with a blown head gasket, but we want you to think of something else. We want you to think about what leads to a blown head gasket; more specifically we want you to think of the symptoms of a blown head gasket, so you will know when you have a bad head gasket.

Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket

  • You notice leaks: Any time there are leaks, that should be a warning sign for you. Your vehicle fluids are meant to be in a closed system, so whenever there is a leak you are losing fluids that are needed to help your vehicle properly function. When you have an issue with your head gasket you'll notice external oil or coolant leaking from between the cylinder head and the engine block.
  • Your cylinders are malfunctioning: Whenever you notice a misfire with your cylinders you may have the beginnings of a failed head gasket. Your cylinder is the chamber that your gasoline burns and turns the power to your vehicle.
  • There are issues with your vehicle starting up: When you're starting your vehicle be watchful for white exhaust smoke. The white exhaust fumes will be an indicator of a head gasket failing.
  • Look out for blue exhaust fumes: This may be an indicator of head gasket failure as well as your engine burning oil.
  • There is overheating happening: You never want your vehicle to overheat, and this is a clear indicator that you may have blown a head gasket.

These symptoms are things you want to make sure you're on the lookout for. If you need head gasket repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!

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