What are Gaskets and Why are They Important?

Understanding how your vehicle functions is important because it can help you know when something is wrong. Your vehicle has hundreds of gaskets that work by sealing two or more surfaces so that gas and fluids don't leak. Your gaskets are made to withstand extreme temperatures and are long lasting, but they will eventually wear out. Replacing your gaskets is important because deteriorating gaskets can cause serious damage.

Most gaskets are made of multi-level steel, but they can also be made of rubber or copper. The most common kind of gasket is a head gasket. Intake manifold gaskets, exhaust manifold gaskets, and bearing gaskets are other common types of gaskets.

A white substance near or in the oil is an indicator of a failing gasket. In addition, if you notice bubbling or gurgling around the radiator, then there could be a hole in the gasket because of high compression levels.



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