How to Tell if You Have a Faulty Head Gasket How to Tell if You Have a Faulty Head Gasket

A blown head gasket in your car can present serious problems such as coolant leaking into your car's oil pan and subsequent damage to your car's valves and pistons or warping of your engine's oil block. For this reason, it is important to know when your car has a bad head gasket. Here are 5 tips that will tell you when your head gasket is defective:

Tip 1 – Tailpipe Smoke

Coolant leaking into your car's cylinders when the engine is running will typically create white, billowing smoke that pours from your car's exhaust pipes.

Tip 2 – Mixed Oil and Coolant

By checking your engine's dip stick you will find coolant mixed with the oil.

Tip 3 – Engine Heating

Watch your engine temperature gauge. If your car is overheating it may be because your car's coolant is leaking from the cooling system into its oil pan.

Tip 4 – Rough Engine Operation

When your car's head gasket is leaking, the car's combustion chamber will lose compression and cause your engine to "miss." You will feel this as a harsh vibration when you engine is running.

Tip 5 – Engine Diagnostics

Have your auto mechanic run a check on your car's engine. These diagnostics will tell you if your car's head gasket is leaking.

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