Car Knowledge for Western Pennsylvania Consumers: Understanding Your Vehicle's Gaskets

Here at Tri-Star, our team is dedicated to helping our customers maintain their vehicles. Your vehicle has hundreds of gaskets that are important because they bind at least two surfaces together. This will ensure that gases and fluids don't leak and mix. The most common types of gaskets include head gaskets, intake manifold gaskets, exhaust manifold gaskets, and bearing gaskets. Gaskets are commonly made with multi-level steel, copper, rubber, and other durable materials that can withstand extreme temperatures.

It is important that you keep your gaskets changed when they show signs of wear. When a gasket that is deteriorating is left in your vehicle, it may cause damage that leads to expensive repairs. If you notice a white substance near or in your oil, then it could mean that a gasket is failing. Bubbling and foaming under the radiator is another sign of gasket failure.

You can extend the life of your gaskets if you keep the engine and coolant levels at the recommended temperatures. It can also be helpful to use a manufacturer-recommended coolant and engine oil.

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