Head Gasket in South Shields

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Top garages for Head Gasket in South Shields (279 found)
City Auto Solutions
1342 Jobs Completed
Sunderland
4.3 / 5

If you are looking for a garage that you know you can trust and rely on, look no further! We are a family run business who have been serving the Southwick area since we

Wilsons Auto Service Centre
865 Jobs Completed
Newcastle upon Tyne
4.8 / 5

Why choose Wilson's? One stop car care shop Competitive prices Quality parts only Dealership service without the dealership prices Professional

Duffys Motors
2094 Jobs Completed
Gateshead
4.9 / 5

Gearbox specialist for 3 years before moving onto work at a number of different dealerships including Kia, Skoda, Audi, Fiat and Alfa. In 2013 I decided to fly solo and s

Prestige German Cars - Independent German Car Specialist
196 Jobs Completed
South Shields
4.2 / 5

BMW | Mercedes Benz | MINI | Volkswagen | Audi | Skoda | SEAT | Smart Welcome to Prestige German Cars, established in 2003 and located in the North East of England. Bo

AF Service Centre
866 Jobs Completed
Cramlington
4.9 / 5

Established in 1998, we are an independent garage with an aim to provide a first-class service to our customers both private and business. Delivering our customers with a

MIA MV.LTD t/a SURE VEHICLE CENTRE
193 Jobs Completed
Sunderland
5.0 / 5

BRUNSWICK MOT & SERVICE CENTRE
133 Jobs Completed
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
4.6 / 5

We are a small family ran garage newly opened on brunswick industial estate, we pride our self on excellent customer service and getting your car booked in as soon as pos

WMNE LIMITED
15 Jobs Completed
Sunderland
5.0 / 5

Martin Brothers Motor Company
607 Jobs Completed
Jarrow
4.4 / 5

We are the largest independent car dealership, vehicle mot and repair centre in our county. We pride our selves on our customer care, service, satisfaction and have been

ID Coachworks Specialists Ltd
431 Jobs Completed
Hebburn
4.7 / 5

ID Coachworks Ltd where established in 2007, being one of the largest bodyshops in the north east. Our specialty is cars, commercial and HGV’s. We are credited with BS101

Torque Garage
261 Jobs Completed
Forest Hall
4.9 / 5

Torque Garage has been established for over 30 years with qualified staff and excellent customer satisfaction records. Friendly service, reliable repairs, servicing and a

LM mobile mechanic
84 Jobs Completed
South Shields
4.7 / 5

I am a mobile mechanic I have been fixing cars since I was 14 year old, I have worked in garages and done work myself I have took a big step to become mobile to be able t

Slaters Motor Group
224 Jobs Completed
Sunderland
4.2 / 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

Washington Auto Repair Centre
37 Jobs Completed
Washington
3.7 / 5

Finding a garage you trust can be difficult. It's easy to take your car in with a flat tyre and come out with a massive bill for brakes you never asked to be repaired. Yo

Newcastle Garage Services Brunswick
143 Jobs Completed
Newcastle upon Tyne
4.7 / 5

At Newcastle garage services are values. we treat your vehicle with care and always fit protective seat covers. Ensure your vehicle inspected by our trained technician

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Head Gasket in South Shields
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 South Shields bookings

2.80

5 reviews

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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