When the failure of a head gasket occurs between the cooling system and combustion chamber, you may notice several signs. The first is coolant loss and overheating problems. This can be especially troubling because overheating often only shows in fits and starts, such as when a vehicle has been on the road for some distance.
In cars where overheating does not become readily apparent, damages caused by combustion gasses could occur. This can be damage to the cooling system. You may also have failure of the radiator. With time, erosion of the hoses can occur as well. If you are not sure if your vehicle has an issue, make sure to bring it in.
Another source of trouble is when a head gasket fails between the coolant and lubrication components. A sign of this is when the fluid from one seeps into the other. Typically, the first symptom to show in such cases is when the radiator cap swells. However, the problem can be harder to spot in cars that use glycol oil, which is less likely to take on a milky appearance when corrupted. When a problem like this occurs, the viscosity of the oil is affected, and this will ultimately decrease the engine’s lubrication.
If you notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, it is always best to have it inspected. Regular maintenance can help prevent severe issues from occurring. If you are not sure how often to have the vehicle inspected, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the correct schedule based on your vehicle and driving conditions. Also always be aware of odd noises or smells from your vehicle. These can be signs of an issue. By having the issue fixed right away, you can save time, money, and stress in the long run.