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What does the head gasket do?

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The head gasket is a very important part of the engine. It ensures that the joint between the cylinder gasket and the engine block is tight, so that you don't risk leaks. That makes a tight head gasket very essential, since any leak of oil or water can damage other parts of the engine.

Price on general motor work

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Make Avg. price Min - max
Audi £ 601 £ 107 - £ 1,098 Get quotes
Citroën £ 497 £ 202 - £ 949 Get quotes
Ford £ 368 £ 75 - £ 1,008 Get quotes
Peugeot £ 440 £ 63 - £ 903 Get quotes
Renault £ 607 £ 75 - £ 1,200 Get quotes
Seat £ 591 £ 77 - £ 778 Get quotes
Skoda £ 318 £ 75 - £ 707 Get quotes
Toyota £ 126 £ 63 - £ 450 Get quotes
Vauxhall £ 380 £ 75 - £ 882 Get quotes
Volkswagen £ 214 £ 69 - £ 579 Get quotes

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How can you tell, if the head gasket is leaking?

There are diffent signs that your car's head gasket is leaking, e.g.:

  • Engine getting warmer than usual
  • Oil in the water, causing some mess around the oil lid
  • Lack of acceleration
  • Fluids in the exhaust
  • Lack of coolant
  • Water or oil leakage in the engine compartment

If you experience one or more of these signs, we recommend that you have a professional garage check whether your head gasket is leaking. Through you can receive quotes, and you can then sit back and compare the prices, the location of the garages and reviews from other car owners.

You are also more than welcome to contact our skilled support, if you have any doubts about an issue that may be related to the head gasket. They are ready on weekdays 9am-5pm by phone, so call them at 0203 630 1415, and they can help you.

Can I fix, tighten or replace the head gasket myself?

At, we highly recommend that any replacement or tightening of the head gasket is done at a professional garage. This is because the task itself is very difficult, but also because the risk of - if not done completely correct - damaging the entire engine.

However, you can buy products made to tighten a head gasket, but they should only been seen as a temporary solution, since the task of making sure that the head gasket is 100% tight should be left with a professional mechanic. Besides, as it is a difficult task, the products can be full of chemicals that should be handled very carefully.

These products can therefore be used as an emergency solution, but you should always get the head gasket replaced by a professional mechanic.

Since the replacement of the head gasket is very difficult, the task is often fairly expensive. The head gasket itself is not that expensive, but it is very difficult to get to inside the engine, which is why it takes a long time and makes the job pricy. Sometimes the cylinder gasket has become uneven and needs filing, or maybe it has a crack and needs to be replaced, which can make the job even more expensive.

This is an even better reason to get quotes here on, so that you can compare hourly rates at the different mechanics and also read reviews and choose the offer that suits you best.

The head gasket plays a vital role in the internal combustion process of your Ford, Vauxhall, Volkswagen or Peugeot’s engine. It sits between the engine block and the cylinder head, and is the most stressed gasket in your car’s engine. The head gasket simultaneously seals oils, coolants and helps manage cylinder compression. Repairing head gaskets can be expensive. Most trouble with this engine component comes from overheating, but issues with this engine part can be identified early with diagnostic tools. Check for the best prices on replacing, maintaining or repairing the head gasket on your Renault, Kia, Nissan or BMW today.

Ratings of head gasket replacements

Motorhome ( 20 years old ) went in for clutch replacement , turned out to be a nightmare job for ...
Leigh P.
Peugeot Boxer (1994)
Found the problem.
Mr. B.
Peugeot 206 (2000)
Very good service and body work finish very good
Colin D.
Lexus GS (2007)

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