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.
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There are diffent signs that your car's head gasket is leaking, e.g.:
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 Autobutler you can receive 3 written quotes, and you can then sit back and compare the prices, the location of the garages and reviews from other car owners.
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At Autobutler, 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 Autobutler, so that you can compare hourly rates at the different mechanics and also read reviews and choose the offer that suits you best.