So you’ve had the misfortune of getting a blown head gasket on your car or truck. Once you have properly diagnosed the problem, either through a trusted mechanic, seeing signs of a blown head gasket your next step is to decide how to fix your blown head gasket.
Options for fixing a blown head gasket:
- Take it to a mechanic
- Do it yourself
- Use BlueDevil Pour-N-Go Head Gasket Sealer
Take it to a Mechanic
This is your best option for getting your head gasket repaired the right way the first time without doing any more damage to your engine. An experienced mechanic will know enough about your vehicle to know the procedure for disassembling your engine, how to check other components for damage, and how to get everything back together so your engine can run smoothly again.
Do it yourself
Many vehicle repairs can be done with a set of hand tools and limited knowledge about your vehicle, especially with so many how-to videos available on the internet. Repairing a head gasket isn’t a job that fits into this category. Here, we will outline the basic steps to replace a blown head gasket, but we only suggest attempting this job if you’ve got the right tools and the knowledge and experience to get the job done.
Blown Head Gasket Repair Procedure:
- Raise and support the car securely. You will need to get underneath the car a few times to do things like drain coolant, remove exhaust components and possibly remove a few accessories.
- The first part of the job will include removing everything from the cylinder heads. This will include disconnecting and possibly removing the battery, draining the coolant, removing the engine belt and accessories, and removing the intake and exhaust manifolds. During this step, make sure to label all hoses and electrical connectors and put bolts and nuts for components in individually labeled baggies. It can also be a good idea to keep a notebook of hints to help you put things back together.
- Once you’ve got things stripped down to just the engine, it’s time to remove the valve covers and timing cover so you can remove the timing chain or timing belt. Make sure you fully understand the cam timing procedure to make sure you don’t damage the pistons or the valves during the process. This is the most difficult part of the process so be careful and take your time!
- Remove the cylinder head by removing all the head bolts and carefully lifting the head off of the engine block being careful not to damage either surface. Once you’ve got the head off it’s a good idea to send it off to a machine shop to be inspected to make sure it is ready to be reinstalled. Similarly, check the block for flatness, cracks or other problems that would cause things to leak again.
- Now it’s time to put everything back together! It’s important to understand the head bolt torquing procedure and to find out if the head bolts are torque to yield bolts that need to be replaced, or if you can reuse your old bolts. One the heads are properly installed, you simply reverse your disassembly procedure being careful that the cam and crank timing is set correctly and all new gaskets are used.
BlueDevil Pour-N-Go Head Gasket Sealer
If the cost of a mechanic doesn’t make sense for your car and that procedure sounds scary, you do have another option! BlueDevil Pour-N-Go Head Gasket Sealer can seal the leak in your head gasket quickly and easily without any disassembly of your engine. Try reading through our directions to see how easy BlueDevil Pour-N-Go is to use!
Pick up BlueDevil Pour-N-Go Head Gasket Sealer today at your favorite local auto parts store like:
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