Signs I’ve Blown My Car’s Head Gasket

Advanced Automotive advises that a blown head gasket needs to be repaired immediately. We aren’t going to lie; this is serious engine repair. It takes a partial engine rebuild to replace the head gasket. This being said, if you continue to drive your automobile with a blown head gasket, you will damage the engine beyond repair. Don’t take chances. Have your automobile towed to our shop if you notice any of the following signs. These are signs that the head gasket is a goner.

Bubbling Coolant

As air makes its way through the cracked head gasket and your engine overheats, you will start to hear the coolant bubbling in the radiator and its overflow reservoir. It is important that you pull over right away because you have coolant spraying out of the head gasket all over the engine. You may not realize this is happening until you hear the bubbling noises.

White Tailpipe Smoke

This being said, if you keep driving your automobile, you will end up with white smoke flowing out of the tailpipe. This is definitely a sign that the coolant is spraying all over the engine. You might also end up with white smoke coming out from underneath the hood. Again, we cannot stress enough the importance of pulling over and calling for a tow truck.

Milky Motor Oil

One reason why this is so important is you now have coolant mixing with your motor oil. This not only turns the motor oil milky but it also prevents the oil from doing its job. As the mixture of motor oil and coolant circulates through the engine, it will damage the moving engine parts. You do not want to drive your car, truck, or utility vehicle with a blown head gasket.

Low Coolant Level

As the pressurized coolant escapes through the leak, your coolant level will slowly be reduced. Unfortunately, you know what is going to happen next. The lower the coolant gets the hotter your engine gets. An engine should never run at a temperature that is higher than 220 degrees Fahrenheit. A low coolant level in the engine is going to raise it above this temperature.

Overheating Engine

Finally, all of the above are going to make your engine overheat constantly. If you continue to drive your vehicle with the engine overheating, you could crack the engine block. You may also crack the exhaust manifold or manifold gasket.

Have your vehicle towed to Advanced Automotive in Stanwood, WA, today if you believe you have cracked the head gasket.

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