Even if you don’t know much about head gaskets, you probably know that blowing one is bad. After all, if someone gets upset, we might say that they blew a gasket. A blown head gasket is a massive problem that takes expertise repairs. Fortunately, we have expertise in spades at Vern Eide Honda, serving Mitchell and Watertown from our convenient location in Sioux Falls.
The head gasket in an internal combustion engine is located between the cylinder heads and the engine block, and its role is to seal off the cylinder heads. When the head gasket is in good condition, oil and coolant stay separate and the combustion gases produced during ignition stay where they should be. A blown head gasket messes all of this up. Oil and coolant can mix, causing massive problems in the engine. Also, the gases from combustion may not stay sealed in. Even a leaky head gasket can cause trouble.
While oil or coolant leaks are one sign of a blown head gasket, they’re far from the only one. A bad head gasket will usually cause the engine to overheat. Since this can cause massive damage to the machine itself, it’s not a symptom to ignore. Engine oil that’s frothy, milky, or pale and sludgy might be caused by coolant and oil mixing, so checking your oil for these symptoms can give you a good idea. Besides, a bad head gasket will often cause white smoke plumes to billow from your vehicle’s tailpipe.
The head gasket itself seems to be a relatively simple part, but the head gasket replacement service isn’t going to be cheap. That’s because reaching the head gasket requires that your engine be disassembled. Once it’s been taken apart, technicians will inspect it to ensure that the blown gasket didn’t do more severe damage. If you’re having this service performed at Vern Eide Honda, our technicians will replace the old gasket with a brand new OEM Honda head gasket, ensuring longevity and quality. Then, they’ll have to reassemble the engine. As you can imagine, this is a time- and labor-intensive process.
The level of professionalism and care you’ll find in our service visit Vern Eide Honda in Sioux Falls is well worth the Pierre or Rapid City trip. When you’re ready to schedule your appointment, give us a call or use our online form. We look forward to helping you get your Honda back on the road.
Vern Eide Honda, South Louise Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD, USA