Do you know what a head gasket is, why it's so important, and what happens when it leaks or fails? Our Orlando Toyota Service Center often repairs this part in older cars; without it, the engine is unable to function properly and your performance is severely impaired. We're here to explain how this part works and signs that it's leaking or failing so you can schedule an Orlando head gasket repair as quickly as possible!
Why is the head gasket so important?
The head gasket is the part in your engine that is between the engine block and the cylinder head. It's main job under the hood is to seal both the combustion chambers AND the coolant passages that are located in the engine. By doing so, it allows for maximum compression (and maximum performance) and also prevents any fluids from leaking into the cylinders, which can cause damage. Obviously, it's pretty imperative for this part to be functioning at full capacity when you get behind the wheel.
Signs you need Orlando Toyota Service for your head gasket
However, the head gasket can sometimes start to leak, which means that fluids like engine oil or coolant can find their way into your cylinders and wreak all sorts of havoc. It can also blow entirely, in which case a replacement is required immediately. If this happens, you'll need to schedule Orlando head gasket repair at our Toyota Service Center as soon as possible before even more costly damage is gone. Here are some signs that you've got a leak or worse, a blown head gasket:
- You see a coolant leak. This may be indicative or a cracked hose or other issue with your cooling system, but it can also mean you have a head gasket leak. Call our Orlando Toyota Service Center to have them take a look. Coolant is green, blue, or red, and you'll see it on the pavement under the car if you have a leak.
- Your engine is overheating! If you're having problems with your engine overheating, it may have to do with this particular part under the hood. Never try to drive an overheated car - tow it to our Toyota Service Center in Orlando ASAP!
- You're losing a lot of coolant. If your coolant levels are significantly lower and it seems to be a reoccurring problem, have our Orlando Toyota service techs take a look under the hood for you!
- White smoke is coming out of the tailpipe. This indicates that coolant has made its way into the engine cylinders (which means you have a leak). Blue or black smoke, on the other hand, means you have an oil leak. Both can do a lot of damage, so have things checked out as soon as you can at Toyota of Orlando!
Those are just a few signs you'll notice right off the bat if you need to schedule Orlando head gasket repair or replacement, so be aware! If you need to make an appointment at Toyota of Orlando, give us a shout - we're located at 3575 Vineland Road and you can reach us at (866) 945-0493 today!