Car Knowledge by Permian Toyota in Hobbs: Gaskets Explained

Understanding how your vehicle works can help you recognize signs that let you know its time to have it serviced. Gaskets are important because they bind at least two surfaces to prevent gases and fluids from escaping.

There are many variations of gaskets, which include head gaskets, intake manifold gaskets, exhaust manifold gaskets, and bearing gaskets. They can be made from a number of materials, such as copper and rubber. The most common material that is used to make gaskets is multi-level steel.

Be sure to have your vehicle inspected if you notice bubbling, foaming, or gurgling coming from near the radiator. This is an indicator that you may have a hole in one of your gaskets because of high levels of compression. If you notice a substance that looks like mayonnaise on your dip stick when you are checking the oil level, then it could be that a gasket is failing.

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