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Diagnose & Repair a Head Gasket Leak

Have you noticed a decrease in your car's performance or maybe even a weird smell from under the hood? If so, your car may be experiencing a head gasket leak.

But what is a head gasket leak, and how do you diagnose and repair it?

This article will help you understand a head gasket leak, including the signs to look out for and what to do in case of a head gasket leak.

What is a Head Gasket Leak?

The head gasket is an indispensable component of your car's engine and plays a vital role in controlling the flow of steam, gas, and oil.

A head gasket leak occurs when the head gasket between the engine block and cylinder head develops a small hole or crack. This leak allows coolant or oil to seep through and enter your engine's combustion chamber, causing an increase in pressure in the engine. This change in pressure leads to a decrease in your car's performance, a loss of compression, and eventually, even damage to your engine.

Signs of a Head Gasket Leak

If you suspect your car may be experiencing a head gasket leak, there are telltale signs to look out for.

  • One of the most common symptoms of a head gasket leak is white smoke from the exhaust pipe. This smoke can be water vapor produced by a coolant leak or blue-green smoke resulting from oil burning in your engine.
  • If you notice a foul, burning smell coming from under the hood, it could indicate excessive oil entering your engine.
  • In addition to these signs, you may also experience problems starting or running your car or notice a drop in your car's performance.

Diagnosing a Head Gasket Leak

If you suspect your car is experiencing a head gasket leak, don't panic. Having your car serviced by a professional is the best way to diagnose and repair a head gasket leak. We invite you to bring your vehicle to Import Auto Specialists if you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above.

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