Car Knowledge by DCH Honda of Mission Valley in San Diego: What are Gaskets?

Your gaskets are important because they seal two or more surfaces, which prevents fluids and gases from leaking in your vehicle. There are hundreds of gaskets in your car, and they are usually made of multi-level steel. They can also be made of rubber, copper, and other materials that can withstand extreme temperatures.

The most common type of gasket is a head gasket, but there are many types of gaskets. Other gaskets include intake manifold gaskets, exhaust manifold gaskets, and bearing gaskets. Your gaskets are long-lasting, but they will need to be replaced. When gaskets have deteriorated and are left in a vehicle, it can lead to significant damage and costly repairs.

If you notice gurgling or bubbling near the radiator, then a hole may have formed in one of the gaskets because of high compression levels. You can also keep an eye out for a substance that looks like mayonnaise that will surface in or around your oil, which means a gasket may be failing.

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