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Blown Head Gasket


A head gasket is a gasket that sits between the engine block and cylinder head(s) in an internal combustion engine.The gasket itself is a mechanical seal that prevents leaks between two things joined under compression by filling the space between them.  It works similarly to a washer on a bolt.  By preventing leaks, you ensure the best compression and you keep coolant from leaking into the engine.  The head gasket in the engine has to take both hot and cold temperatures, back and forth, over and over.  Cracks and leaks are bound to happen.  The head gasket has a tough job and is the weakest link of the chain of parts that keep the combustion engine moving, so it’s more likely to fail than other parts.
If a head gasket leaks or blows, it’s usually not just one event that leads up to it.  Either could happen during normal driving.  The heat of the engine can gradually wear the gasket down with no major problems ever occurring.  Until it leaks or blows, however, it’s hard to know if the head gasket is running out of time.  It’s not something you can see looking at the engine; it’s way the heck in there and can’t be accessed without some major disassembly.  Other things may signal your head gasket’s cry for help.  You may see coolant leak from below the exhaust, you may be losing coolant with no visible leak or noticing  bubbles in the radiator or coolant overflow tank.  The engine may smoke (this will be white smoke; if not, keep looking because your engine has another problem), the exhaust may smell sweet or the oil may look like a rancid milkshake.

So what to do if you have a head gasket problem?  It’s not a cheap repair.  Let’s face it, this thing sits inside the engine.  If it’s a minor leak, you may be able to seal it with products available like Blue Devil or K-Seal.  Talk to a mechanic you trust to determine whether this will do the trick.  Using these products could be as simple as pouring it in and letting it move through the works as you drive or may require a drain and flush of the cooling system—either option is far cheaper than replacing the gasket itself.  Be forewarned that products like Blue Devil are meant to be permanent.  Speaking from personal experience, once it’s sealed, there’s no going back or getting it out or working around it.  That’s generally the idea, but sometimes folks look at it as a temporary patch. 

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Struts are the main component of a modern independent suspension system; they are what suspend the body and frame of your vehicle above the wheels. All the weight of your vehicle rests on your struts, which transfer the weight, via several other components. Struts need to be replaced if any of the three components wear out. Struts are not often thought of as a normal replacement item. Since struts are in continual use as you drive, bearing the whole weight of your vehicle, it should not be surprising that their components wear out over time. Struts have at least two components: a spring and a shock absorber – and many have a third: the swivel mount. strut failure is usually very gradual you may never notice it at all. But certainly if you are experiencing any of the symptoms your struts are due for replacement.

 Failed mounts are the easiest to recognize of the three because they usually make the most noise. Failed mounts often cause a popping or clicking noise while you’re turning the steering wheel, because the bearing inside is bad. Especially if you can put the vehicle in park and the noise remains while turning the wheel, strut mounts are your number one suspect. Failed shock absorbers can be harder to notice. With oil-filled struts, external leaks are easy to spot, especially if the leak is rapid. But if it is a very slow leak, it may never be noticed, and with gas-filled struts, external leaks are not identifiable at all. But usually struts don’t fail completely, and usually not all at once. Shock absorber wear creeps up as the internal seals lose their sealing capacity slowly. You won’t notice the difference from one day to the next, but there is probably a minute daily decline in the performance of your shock absorbers as they age. If the failure progresses to a severe stage, drivers may notice several kinds of problems: too much “trampoline effect”, tire noise and vibration from cupping caused by excessive up/down movement, excessively harsh riding over bumps, or noise on every bump from too much suspension travel. If you car is experiencing these problems, you’ve really gone too long. 

New shocks and struts can make you stop up to 10 feet sooner, while providing increased vehicle stability and better driver control