Signs of a Blown Head Gasket

The signs of a blown head basket are fairly obvious, but you always want to be sure that a blown head gasket is really the problem before you start shelling out the cash necessary to fix it. If you're having problems with your car, you may be wondering what the symptoms are trying to tell you. Here are some of the signs of a blown head gasket.

A more subtle sign of a blown head gasket is a weak engine. Your car won't feel like it's moving as quickly or efficiently as it should. It may overheat.

One of the most noticeable signs of a blown head gasket is white smoke coming from your tailpipe. This means that your head gasket is leaking. Water may drip from the tailpipe. If you see white smoke coming from your tailpipe, it's a good idea to take it immediately to the garage to have your car looked at.

If your car does happen to blow a head gasket, coolant may enter your engine oil through the gas cap. To determine whether this has happened to you, drive your car for awhile to make sure that the engine is warm and then check your oil cap. There will be a thick ring around it if a blown head gasket is allowing coolant to enter your engine. Similarly, you need to check the radiator. After the car has been running for awhile, see if there are bubbles coming out of the radiator.

Really, any unexplained coolant loss can be a sign of a blown head gasket, although it could also mean several other things, so you should get it checked out. If you open the hood of your car and you see coolant, or there is a thick, milky substance spilling out, those could be signs of a blown head gasket. Stop driving the car to avoid doing further damage and having to pay even more to have the car fixed.

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