Diesel Head Gasket Repair

Diesel Head GasketDiesel engines can be more prone to head gasket failure than other types of engines.  Diesel head gasket repair can also be more complicated that other head gasket repairs due to the complexity of a diesel engine and the extra work involved in the repair.  Diesel head gasket repair also often has to be done specifically at a specialty diesel engine shop or dealership which can charge higher labor rates which also will add to the cost and complexity of the job.

Diesel engines can blow a head gasket just like a gasoline engine.  Diesel engines also have higher combustion pressures during normal operation so a diesel engine head gasket leads a much more difficult life.  A gasoline engine relies on a spark to ignite the fuel-air mixture so the pressures and temperatures are limited.  If they get too high, the fuel/air mixture ignites on its own, called knocking and can cause damage to the head gasket.  On the other hand, a diesel engine operates because the intake air charge is so hot that when the fuel is injected into the cylinder it combusts due to the high heat so no spark is needed.

To make sure the air charge is heated enough to run, some diesel vehicles will utilize glow plugs or intake air heaters during startup or cold weather.  The one thing every diesel engine does to help heat up the intake air charge is to have a relatively high compression ratio.  The more the air is compressed by the piston, the hotter it will get so most diesel engines have compression ratios at least about 15:1 but sometimes upwards of 20:1!  On top of these high compression ratios, many diesel motors have turbo charges adding even more pressure.  Once all this air is stuffed into a tiny combustion chamber, pressures are already extremely high putting lots of stress on the head gasket.  Once you add the fuel and it ignites, pressure skyrocket up to as much as 2000 PSI or higher!

These high pressures put lots of stress on the head gasket in your diesel motor.  Most diesel motors are designed to last for lots of miles since they are usually relatively low revving engines due to the longer stroke.  To help make sure the head gaskets last as long as the rest of the motor, many diesel engine manufacturers have added an increased number of head bolts or used exotic materials in their head gaskets to help them last longer, but many head gaskets will fail on diesel engines even with normal use.

Due to the complexity of a Diesel engine, head gasket replacements can often be expensive jobs.  The job is often more complicated due to the extra equipment on diesel engines like the high-pressure injection pump and turbocharger, and the mechanics completing the job will often charge more for their services.

In order to avoid paying these high costs for replacing your diesel head gasket, consider repairing your head gasket instead.  BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer is a non-particulate sealing agent that you can add to your vehicle’s cooling system.  This sealing agent will bond to your current head gasket at the leak point until the leak is permanently sealed stopping your head gasket leak and keeping your engine running.  BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer can hold up to the high pressures in your diesel engine and keep it running properly.

For more information about BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer, visit our product information page here: BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer.

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36 responses to “Diesel Head Gasket Repair

  1. I have an 08 ford 6.4 powerstroke with a bad head gasket that shoves compression into the cooling system and coolant out of the overflow under higher Rpms. Will this product work for my situation?

    1. Regan-

      Thank you for asking about your Ford with 6.4 Powerstroke Diesel. Normally on gasoline engines we recommend pulling the spark plug from the affected cylinder to help relieve pressure and allow BlueDevil to create a permanent seal.  However, as you know you would be unable to do this on a diesel engine as it has glow plugs rather than spark plugs.   How quickly is the pressure building up in the cooling system? Please contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 so that we an get a better understanding of the vehicle’s condition and be able to make any appropriate recommendations.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

        1. Cody-

          Yes, it appears you would be using approximately 1.5 quarts of the BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer for your Chevy 6.6L Diesel. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

          Thank you!

          -BDP

  2. LOL I know previous customers have commented it says to contact customer support so here it goes. I have a 2008 F350 6.4 that at 30 lb of boost compression gases leak into the coolant system causing my coolant to overflow the Degas bottle. I know it’s the head gasket I was going to replace the head gaskets but thought I may give this a shot. The only thing I worry about if plugging up is my oil cooler I do not have EGR coolers anymore. What are your thoughts

    1. Jeremy-

      Thank you for asking about your Ford F-350. As long as the vehicle will maintain idle for a full 50 minutes without overheating or stalling out, and you are not losing more than about a quart of water/coolant during that 50 minute run, you would be a great candidate for the BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer (https://store.gobdp.com/head-gasket-sealer-38386/). The product does not contain any solid or particulate matter, so it is a non-clogging product. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  3. I have a 95 Chevy Suburban 2500 with a 6.5 diesel engine. Recently purchased and started rolling white smoke from the exhaust that smells like coolant. Will this product repair my problem? As I just purchased it, I really don’t want to spend a fortune on replacing the head gasket.

  4. I have a 1991 Mercedes-Benz 350SDL that smokes white on idle after startup. It doesn’t smoke on the freeway or after it warms only on idle. Will this help? I know I need a new engine thermometer and will be replacing soon and doing a coolant flush as well. Thanks for your help!

    1. Alex-

      Thank you for asking about your Mercedes-Benz 350SDL. Are you noticing any other symptoms such as a loss of water/coolant or is the vehicle overheating at all? Please contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 so that we can get a little better understanding of the vehicle’s condition and be able to make any appropriate recommendations.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  5. Hi I have a 2003 f250 super duty diesel with a 6.0 engine. I’m unsure if it is a head gasket leak, but everything we see points to that being the problem. Smoke from the exhaust, loss of coolant, just changed radiator, lack of power, sudden condensation in oil cap. I have been told this product works wonders and I will be able to drive my truck 15,000 no problems. I would like to know how much I will need considering I thought it was one bottle and I see you are suggesting 1.5 bottles to some vehicles. Also is it mandatory we remove the thermostat and is keeping the heater on going to be permanent or just for the process?

    1. Yvonne-

      Thank you for asking about your Ford F-250 6.0 Turbo Diesel. The cooling system in this vehicle is roughly 7 gallons, so you would need approximately 2 bottles of the BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer (32 oz. yellow label). Yes, removing the thermostat is a required step in performing the BlueDevil procedure. You will put the heater on, blower on the max, and leave it on for the entire 50 minute idle. You would not need to leave the heater on going forward after the process is completed.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

        1. Green-

          The best way to get around the thermostat housing is by taking the thermostat and modifying it so that the middle piece does not close; you may remove this piece or gut the middle of the thermostat. By doing so you will create a free flow and still be able to have the full housing installed. The thermostat should remain “open” while BlueDevil circulates through the system. Once the BlueDevil procedure is complete you will need to replace the thermostat.
          Feel free to contact our technical support team at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

          Thank you!

          -BDP

  6. I have a 2005 chevy 2500hd duramax with a leaking head gasket. For now it hasn’t overheated but is going through coolant. We have had it checked to verify it is a leak. We tried to use the steel seal because I didn’t realize there were different sealants for diesel an gas. Obviously it didn’t work. What is your recommendation? Should i try this product or will it do more damage.
    Thanks Kasey

    1. Kasey-

      Thank you for asking about your Chevy 2500hd Duramax Diesel. As long as the vehicle will maintain idle for a full 50 minutes, and you are not losing more than about a quart of water/coolant during the 50 minute run, you would be a good candidate for the BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer. We recommend thoroughly flushing the cooling system prior to use, to get rid of any of the contaminants from the product you previously used. Be sure to follow the cooling system capacity table on the back of the bottle to ensure the proper amount of product is used.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

      1. Thank you. I didn’t realize this posted so you will probably get another one from me. Sorry about that. Thank you for your advice

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