How much does it cost to replace a head gasket? Usually the repair estimate you receive as an answer to this question is enough to make you want to scrap your car and start riding a bike. After the initial shock, there are usually a lot of questions:
What is a head gasket?
The head gasket is the seal between your cylinder head and engine block. It keeps coolant in the water jacket and combustion gases directed to the exhaust. It can be made of many different materials, and can fail over time.
What happens when the head gasket fails?
A failed head gasket, often referred to as a “blown” head gasket, can have a few symptoms. Your car could be leaking or spraying coolant into the engine compartment, or onto the ground, it could be overheating, you could have white smoke coming from your exhaust or there could be exhaust gases in your coolant.
Why does a head gasket fail?
Over time, the heating and cooling cycles an engine goes through can cause the engine block, or the heads to become warped and no longer fit perfectly together. This leaves a gap where the head gasket should be making a seal and eventually a leak. If your engine has overheated, or is regularly revved to high RPMs, this process can be sped up leading to early failure of the head gasket.
Why is it so expensive to replace?
On most cars, a significant portion of the engine must be taken off in order replace the head gasket. Many of the components removed, like the cam shafts and timing gears, must be set back in exact orientations to ensure the motor will run properly when reassembled. All these things make a head gasket replacement a difficult and tedious job.
Replacing a head gasket is a difficult job and should be left to skilled mechanics. Even if you have a friend who knows a lot about cars, it’s a big job to trust to a weekend wrencher that usually takes specialty tools and a lot of experience.
But there is one other question you should be asking:
Is there anything else I can do besides spending a small fortune to get my car safely and reliably back on the road?
The good news is, YES!
BlueDevil has a line of products specially designed to quickly and permanently repair your leaking or blown head gasket. BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer is specially formulated to seal any leak in a blown head gasket due to wrapped or cracked heads or block.
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