Chevrolet Camaro Parts And Chevrolet Camaro Accessories
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Handling a Blown Head Gasket in Your Chevrolet Camaro
The head gasket is the seal found between your Camaro\'s engine block and the cylinder head. If it incurs leaks, then it can seriously damage your engine. It is not something you\'d like to happen as it not only kills your engine but is also very expensive to fix.
A blown gasket can cause compression leaks to crankcase that may result in smoking and blow by, while a compression leak to coolant results in overheating. If the compression leaks between cylinders, then a misfire or rough idle could be observed. If the head gasket has blown on its outmost side, it could result in either an oil leak or a coolant leak. While a blow to coolant port can end up with water leaking to oil.
The effect of heat on a head gasket
Overheating is the most common cause of a head gasket failure. And the one responsible for that would be the cooling system of your vehicle. The cooling system don\'t just protect your engine from overheating but also take care of the other components of the engine system such as the head gasket. First, make sure that there is no leak in your radiator. A coolant leak is not only troublesome but could also become a money pit. So keep an eye on your coolant level and make sure that not only is it within the prescribed limit, but it is also not being wasted. Check the thermostat and fan too because if either is broken, then it would only be a matter of time before the cooling system fails to do its job.
Proper gasket installation
If you do end up having to replace a head gasket, then make sure that you do the installation properly. If not, the new gasket would just get broken easily. Make sure that the head bolts are tight in order for the gasket to be able to seal well. Consider also the torque specifications you are going to use.make sure that they are up-to-date.
Check each of the head bolts and ensure that the bolts are all in good condition and are not damaged in any way. A corroded, nicked, or stretched head bolt shouldn\'t be used. A torque-to-yield head bolt, on the other hand, shouldn\'t be reused. See to it that the head bolts are also clean and well-lubricated.
Even if you\'ve properly installed the head gasket, it can still fail due to unfortunate operating conditions. Such is the case with pre-ignition/detonation, which is one of the leading causes of head gasket failures. Make sure that the engine\'s tune is correct and has the right fuel mixture as well as spark timing to lower the risk of pre-ignition or detonation. Installing a copper shim under the head gasket with a cylinder that has been resurfaced would also prevent the gasket from having excessive compression that may lead to detonation as well.
If you have aluminum cylinder heads, then they are prone to localized overheating, specifically in the area between exhaust valves. This also causes the head gasket to fail, and the solution may only be an aftermarket gasket specially designed to solve the localized heating problem and to prevent repetitive failures.