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What Are the Signs of An Engine Head Gasket Leak?

A head gasket is a crucial part of your engine, and you can find it along the cylinder head and engine block. The head gasket is in charge of blocking engine fluids from getting leaked into the cylinders. In a nutshell, the engine head gasket is designed to keep fluids away from each other. Due to its location under the hood, a head gasket faces extreme temperatures day in and day out, making it susceptible to leaks. 


There are particular signs and symptoms to look for if you suspect a blown head gasket which eventually leads to a gasket leak. Besides an apparent leak, you can also investigate your exhaust fumes to give you any hints about your head gaskets. If you see a blue-ish or light gray exhaust smoke after starting your car, they may have a leaky head gasket. Smoke is never a good sign for your vehicle, so you need to check to see if your engine is on the brink of overheating. You may also find bubbling in your radiator


Another sign to look for is discolored fluids, which happen as fluids mix with each other. None of the liquids in your car should ever come into contact with one other. Lastly, one obvious way you can know for sure that you have a head gasket leak is if you see leaking coolant along the gasket surface. Regardless of which symptoms are exemplified in your car, you should immediately take your vehicle to a professional technician. A blown head gasket or gasket leak can be very detrimental to your engine, so you should have it fixed ASAP!


If your vehicle has been running unusually lately, you need to have it checked out. If you've encountered any of the signs of a head gasket leak, it's something you should attend to sooner rather than later. We invite you to give Bud's Auto Repair and Transmission a visit today - please give us a call or visit our shop in Marysville, WA!