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Head Gasket in London

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Top garages for Head Gasket in London (1,758 found)
All Fords LTD
1160 Jobs Completed
Belvedere
4.8 / 5

ENGINES, GEARBOXES, CLUTCHES, TIMING BELTS, CHAINS, SERVICE, TYRES, MOT’s, BATTERIES, ETC

All Fords LTD specialises in servicing and repairing. We offer MOTs, car servicing, car repairs, brakes, batteries, tyres, diagnostics.
Our garage offers major savings of up to 50% on main dealer prices for car servicing and repairs, with discounted MOTs available, free re-tests and out-of-hours servicing available on request. We also offer servicing on a Saturday.
We offer Mot’s on cars, Vans and minibuses
We pride ourselves on offering the highest level of services and customer care. Our many regular customers appreciate the fact that we are a family-run garage that puts customers’ needs first.
Our garage offers a comfortable customer waiting area and a MOT viewing bay.
We have a team of highly qualified mechanics and offer services for all makes and models.

T&M AutoCare London
349 Jobs Completed
London
4.3 / 5

Welcome to our organisation, our aim is to provide solutions for all your motoring needs with the aim to reduce your cost of ownership of your motor vehicle. We specialise in new motor vehicle components for all makes and models, O.E.M (Original Equipment Manufactured/Pattern), O.E (Original Equipment/Genuine), we can advice on advantages and disadvantages of both product ranges. We stock a wide range of parts and specialise in all makes and models. We provide the highest level of customer services and our aim is to be the best, so if you are looking for a garage in brent for car repairs or an MOT, look no further than the quality services on offer at T&M AutoCare London. With many years of experience in the trade, you can count on us to repair and service your car to the highest possible standard. We are VW Audi Specialists but can offer the same high standard of service for all makes and models.
Memberships

Best Motors Coachworks LTD
41 Jobs Completed
london
4.7 / 5

We at Best Motors service centre have been providing our customers and the general public our superb service each and every time for 25+ years. We are a officially VAT registered Mercedes Benz garage.
We are open from 8.30 to 6 on weekdays and on Saturday from 8.30 to 2.
We undertake all jobs for all cars at all ages, our elite team will attend to all your cars needs from mechanical to electrical to MOTS.

Chamberlains Garage Ltd
44 Jobs Completed
New Malden
3.7 / 5

We are an established local independent garage and are proud to be members of Autofirst Network – a nationwide network of independent garages operating to the Network’s 6 core values of Capability, Consistency, Care, Clarity, Cost Effectiveness and Customer Focus. For your added peace of mind we are members of the Motor Ombudsman service which is approved by The Trading Standards Institute.

In short, we are a local garage you can trust offering you the support and service guarantees of a national network, giving you complete peace of mind
We cover New Malden, Kingston, Chessington and Wimbledon.

The MOT Centre
83 Jobs Completed
Piner
4.4 / 5

Based in Hatch End, The MOT Centre has a team of expert mechanics on hand to deal with all your car repair requirments. Our repair service uses the most up to date tools and equipment to repair any make and model of car.

We keep most a range of parts in stock, or parts can be delivered within the hour by one of our suppliers, so most work can be done while you wait. We can undertake insurance work and also offer sub-contracted work.

Quantum Garage
24 Jobs Completed
London
4.8 / 5

Servicing and repairing cars for customers in Barnet and surrounding areas for over 12 years, Quantum Garage has a team of professionals with a combined experience of 60 years. We are always happy to provide our customers with efficient, friendly and professional service. We have affordable prices, offer same day repairs and free local pickup.
We look forward to welcoming you.

London Motor Sports Ltd
355 Jobs Completed
London
4.5 / 5

London Motor Sports professional garage with great experience in the car industry, based in White-City London W127AH.

Our main focus has always been to deliver best quality service to our customers. We provide our customers best deals on MOT, Wheel Alignment, Mechanical Servicing, Diagnostic, Body Work Repairs and any other car related problem.

London Motor Sports is capable of fixing all types of repairs, and can set up accounts with professional industries such as Taxi Companies.

We make sure that all the repairs completed are up to the Manufacturers Standards and guarantee on all work completed by us.

Mobile Mechanics and Tyres
2186 Jobs Completed
Barnet
4.9 / 5

Services provided:

-- Can build and assemble machines or mechanical components according to requirements
-- Able to Inspect machines, engines, transmissions etc. and run diagnostic tests to discover functionality issues
-- Will aim to troubleshoot reported problems and resolve them in a timely manner
-- Will perform thorough maintenance on machinery, equipment and systems
-- Will clean and apply lubricants to components
-- Will replenish engine fluids and components
-- Will provide consultation on correct maintenance and preventative measures
-- Can also undertake other duties (e.g. repair of hydraulic systems)
-- Can provide logs of work and report on issues

Experience:

Proven experience as Mechanic for 12 years.
Excellent knowledge of machinery and hydraulic, electrical and other systems and their components.
Experienced in using various precision tools (I have equipment to perform most mechanical work).
Will follow established procedures and practices with a strong commitment to health and safety.
Very good communication skills with problem-solving capabilities.
Very good physical strength and stamina

Qualifications:

BTEC national diploma motor vehicles (2 year course)
HNC motor vehicles (1 year course)
HND motor vehicles (1 year course)
IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) MOT Certification NT / AE / Site Manager

Classes of Vehicles tested:

Class Descriptionwheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight)
4 Cars (up to 8 passenger seats)
4 Motor caravans
4 Quads (max unladen weight 400kg - for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw)
4 Dual purpose vehicles
4 Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)
4 Ambulances and taxis
4 Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats)
4 Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight)
4a Class 4 vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation checkPrivate passenger vehicles and ambulances (13 to 16 passenger seats)
5 Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seats)
5 Playbuses
5a Class 5 vehicles (13 to 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check
5a Class 5 vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check
7 Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight

Ade Auto Repairs
1512 Jobs Completed
London
4.5 / 5

Welcome to Ade Auto Repairs.
We understand that in society today people depend a lot on their vehicles, and if they breakdown, you want the repair and maintenance of your car to be of the highest quality, making sure that your vehicle performs to its highest standard.
Ade Auto Repairs is a friendly and efficiently run business with over 30 years of experience in the trade.
We believe in providing the highest level of service and repair, an unbeatable service at a competitive price.most of our customers visits us as a result of the recommendation of previous customers, so when you need a garage you can rely on, come to us. Knowing that when your vehicle is off the road, you want it back in action as soon as possible without compromising the safety and standard of repair.

CPS Automotive Ltd.
51 Jobs Completed
Byfleet
4.9 / 5

We are a family run business with over 15 years of experience in all vehicle makes and models. We have a good reputation and positive feedback throughout all of our customers. Delivery and collection services are also available locally.

Our services range from MOT’s, MOT repairs, servicing on all manufacturers, clutches, timing belts/chains, engine replacement, latest diagnostics testing and equipment, air conditioning fault finding, re-gas, exhaust welding, body panel welding, laser wheel alignment, DPF regeneration and cleaning.

T L Motors
81 Jobs Completed
London
3.7 / 5

Here at TL Motors we provide an across-the-board garage service offering high quality servicing and repairs, including bodywork on all makes and models.

We have six expert technicians with over 100 years of combined experience who assure quality servicing and repairs on all types of vehicles around North London.

We offer a free collection and delivery (subject to status), courtesy cars available (subject to status) and breakdown recovery throughout North London by arrangement.

We are also proud specialists in Japanese and German cars.

We look forward to offering our expertise and assistance.

OMD AUTOS LTD
596 Jobs Completed
Camberwell
4.1 / 5

For excellent, professional service.... OMD AUTOS have a reputation throughout London for always delivering the very best care, repair, maintenance, MOT services. We are proud to be a members of the Good Garage Scheme, RMI, Motorcodes, AA garage guide. This gives all customers the peace of mind that OMD AUTOS always has your best interests at heart and operates according to a strict code of conduct. Call us & see what we can do for you.

VSC Mot & Servicing - RAC Approved Garage
400 Jobs Completed
Hounslow
4.3 / 5

Most vehicle owners are frustrated with dealer prices and having to wait weeks for an appointment. At Vehicle Service Centre, you can get same-day booking for any vehicle maintenance. Save up to 30% to the dealer prices when you book with VSC and be confident that your vehicle keeps you and your family safe.

North One
271 Jobs Completed
London
4.3 / 5

We would like to welcome you to our friendly specialist service centre ideally situated in North London's Tufnell Park. We are 5 minutes walk from Tufnell Park Underground Station (Northern Line).

We provide London with a fully comprehensive service for all your vehicle needs. We are committed to providing our customers and their vehicles with outstanding levels of care and service.

North One offers our customers a fully comprehensive facility which includes Servicing, MOT Testing, After-Sales Accessories, Cosmetic and Full Body repairs, approved extended Warranties and Service Plans for your vehicle.

We particularly specialise in Aston Martin, BMW, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lotus, Mercedes Benz, VAG Product and Vauxhall. We welcome all other vehicles.

We offer collection/delivery and loan vehicle services to our customers within a 5 mile radius of the business postal code (subject to availability).

We take all major credit cards with the exception of American Express. We can also offer Payment Assist Plans to assist with spreading the costs of those unwanted repairs (terms and conditions apply).

We look forward to welcoming you to our Service Centre.

Cartek Chingford
548 Jobs Completed
London
3.8 / 5

In august 2014, Cartek Chingford opened its doors in the view of serving the local and surrounding areas of North Chingford with a high level of trust, knowledge and skill in order to keep its clients moving forward with hassle free motoring.

Managing director Panny over the years has built up a vast amount of knowledge in repairing all makes and models and needless to say, all business is handled in a polite and professional manor!

Throughout his career in the Motor industry he has also developed a large portfolio of certifications which enables the work level to be at a significantly high standard and training and skill development is always on going to ensure your vehicle is in the safest hands possible.

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Head Gasket in London
Frequently asked questions
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What is a Head Gasket?

The Head Gasket is the gasket (thin sheet of metal creating a perfect seal) that sits between the engine block and the cylinder head (the section of the engine which fits over the cylinders).
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What is a 'blown' Head Gasket?

A blown Head Gasket means that the seal between the cylinders and the other parts of the engine (most commonly the cooling system) has been broken. This can lead to rough running and, moer significantly, overheating, which can cause significant engine damage.
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What are blown Head Gasket symptoms?

If the car is overheating, running poorly, allowing exhaust gases into the radiator (which may cause a bubbling sound) or has a white 'mayonnaise-like' gunk on the underside of the oil filler cap, it is likely that the Head Gasket has blown.
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Will a Head Gasket 'sealer' work?

There are products on the market to seal a blown head gasket but we don't recommend them. They may provide a temporary fix but can block your cooling system, thus causing further damage.
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How much does Head Gasket repair cost?

The Head Gasket itself is a cheap part (usually under £50), but there is a lot of labour involved in dismantling, changing and reassembling. You can expect to pay a minimum of 350, rising depending on the complexity and layout of your car's engine.
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Can you drive with a blown head gasket?

If you must drive with a blown head gasket you technically can, however by no means does this mean you actually should. A blown head gasket can cause all sorts of problems especially an overheated engine and coolant mixing with oil which can seriously damage the engines components such as the camshaft and the bearings.
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How to know if my head gasket is blown

This is a diagnosis that may require some time. Indicators include 1) An oil or coolant leak at the seam between the engine block and the cylinder. 2) Cylinder misfire or misfire on start up accompanied by a puff of white exhaust smoke. 3) Over heating (can be rather subtle). 4) The mixing of coolant and oil which will present itself as a creamy milky texture.

Average rating for  Head Gasket in London bookings

4.35

74 reviews

How much does Head Gasket cost in London?

The cost of servicing, MOT and repairs differ across the country and Head Gasket is not any different. Labour rates will be higher or lower depending on where in the country you are. Take a look below at the average quote in London for Head Gasket on WhoCanFixMyCar.com for some of our top car makes.


Head Gasket Cost by Car Make in London
Car MakeAverage PriceGet Quotes
Vauxhall£615.59
BMW£653.60
MINI£703.85
Peugeot£618.94
Audi£693.64
Mercedes£667.11
Ford£612.90

This table uses data from quotes provided on WhoCanFixMyCar.com between 13/05/2020 and 11/08/2020.

What is a Head Gasket?

A head gasket is effectively a seal which is essential for maintaining the temperature and integrity of a car engine. It's a part responsible for sealing pressure within the engine as well as the distribution of oil and coolant.

Every time you turn on your engine the head gasket has to operate within very high temperatures and pressures, which is exactly what it is designed to do. The engine of your car needs to be cooled constantly as it relies on combustion for power and the head gasket is the core component in performing this job.

If the head gasket is damaged, the engine will quickly overheat and serious damage will be caused. Overheating in the engine of your car will lead to a loss of compression, the mixing of oil, water, coolant as well as a reduction in lubrication.

The head gasket is a very complex piece of equipment and so a variety of materials are needed to build it. It has to be able to withstand and function normally at extreme temperatures and pressure, it also needs to be resistant to all of the chemicals and oils which rush around your car engine.

As a result, each gasket from one car to the next is different as the demands of each engine are unique. Car manufacturers like Ford, Vauxhall and BMW spend millions of pounds every year in the research and development of head gaskets to help manage the pressure and cooling of engines.

Unfortunately, if you need a head gasket repairing, it will be on the more expensive side. However, if you follow the advice below you can learn how to recognise problems with your gasket before something serious happens.

Signs that your Head Gasket needs Replacing or Repairing

  • Overheating engine
  • Your temperature gauge is higher than usual
  • White milky oil
  • White smoke from the exhaust pipe
  • Significant loss of coolant with no visible leaks
  • There is coolant or oil on the head of the spark plugs
  • You remove the cap from your car radiator and see bubbles of air rising
  • Your car is chugging or suffers a loss of power
  • There is oil in the water of the cooling system

There are other signs to look out for but unless you are a trained mechanic it will be difficult to spot them which is why it is so important that you have your car checked if you suspect there is an issue.

As mentioned above, if a head gasket blows, it can be a costly repair for you as a huge increase in temperature throughout the engine could very easily cause a range of other issues.

If you need a head gasket repair or if you think you might have an issue with the unit, it is vital that you pay attention to the issue, if you ignore the signs above and the gasket blows while you are driving this could cause serious threat to your safety.

Head Gasket Replacement Cost

A blown head gasket repair can be quite costly for any driver, no matter what car you drive. There is no easy head gasket fix and so you will need to get an experienced mechanic to take a look. The scale does vary for a head gasket repair when looking at different card brands. For a Mercedes, pricing is over £700 on average whereas for a Fiat the price is around £355 on average.

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