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Head gasket replacement Olathe KS

Head gasket replacement service in Olathe KS by L&D Auto Specialists

A blown head gasket is one of the most unpleasant words any car owner likes to hear. Aside from the difficulty and cost of repairing a blown head gasket, replacing the gasket takes many hours. And what's worse, because by the time the gasket breaks, the engine may have been badly damaged.

A car engine consists of two parts: the cylinder head and the cylinder block. The cylinders and pistons are housed in the block, while the rocker arms and valves are housed in the cylinder head. The cylinder head gasket is located between the block and the cylinder head. The main function of the cylinder head gasket is to seal the area where the two parts of the engine meet. Oil, combustion gases and engine coolant are kept in their respective chambers by the sealing process.

The cylinder head gasket is subjected to high temperatures and the mechanical stress of the cylinder head and block. A car engine operates at extremely high temperatures, and when the temperature rises too high, the engine overheats, resulting in gasket failure. The heat can cause the engine block and cylinder head to expand, resulting in cylinder head gasket failure.

Symptoms of a broken head gasket

While most car owners believe that white smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe is the most obvious sign of a broken head gasket, here are other symptoms to look out for.

  • Poor engine performance could indicate that your vehicle's head gasket has blown. If your car suddenly loses power or jumps, you should have the head gasket checked. If the combustion chamber is impaired by a blown gasket, proper combustion of fuel is compromised, resulting in reduced power.
  • If your car is leaking coolant and there are no visible leaks, you should be concerned. Sometimes, there may be no fluid leaking from the combustion chamber, meaning that the burnt fluid is unnoticeable. Therefore, if there is excessive coolant consumption without a visible leak, you should take action.
  • Engine overheating is a common symptom of a broken gasket. When the gasket fails, the coolant leaks or burns up completely, leaving nothing to cool the engine.

Why is it dangerous to drive with a broken head gasket?

Driving with any defective car part, let alone a blown head gasket, is not recommended. Aside from the financial implications of driving a car with a blown head gasket due to additional repairs, there are also safety concerns. Many car engines have seized over time as a result of the owner continuing to drive, not knowing or being fully aware of the blown gasket.

Driving with a blown gasket is dangerous because you are driving with engine gases and fluids in the wrong places.

  • If coolant leaks into the combustion chamber, you can run into a number of problems. For starters, coolant in the combustion space can alter air-fuel ratios and destroy sensors.
  • When coolant leaks into the chamber, it fouls the spark plugs, leaving deposits from coolant combustion. These deposits will have a significant impact on engine performance.
  • In addition, coolant can cause oxidation of the cylinder wall, piston ring and piston. If this occurs, a complete engine rebuild will be necessary.
  • In addition, if the hood is opened, escaping hot coolant can cause severe burns and, in the worst case, a fire.
  • Blown gaskets allow oil to leak from the engine, which reduces oil levels and consequently affects engine lubrication. As a result, camshafts and bearings will be destroyed.
  • Gases will leak from the combustion space after a blown gasket, resulting in extremely high pressures during the cooling process. When combined with the coolant leak, the combustion gases generate a lot of heat, causing cracking and erosion of the metal near the leak.

head gasket replacement costs

Do you have a broken cylinder head gasket? A broken head gasket is a serious engine problem that can be traced back to lack of maintenance. As a result, proper engine maintenance is critical. Do you know how much it costs to replace a head gasket?

The following are some of the most common symptoms of a broken head gasket:

  • White smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe
  • Engine misfiring or misfiring
  • Engine overheaing
  • Milky substance in the oil
  • Oil substance in the coolant.

No one wants to pay for an expensive head gasket replacement. Perhaps if you knew what an expensive head gasket replacement service costs, you would follow your vehicle's preventive maintenance schedule. Is white smoke coming out of your vehicle's exhaust? Is your engine idling or misfiring? Is your engine overheating? If so, you may have a cylinder head gasket problem.

The first step is to confirm with a reputable auto repair shop that the symptoms your vehicle is experiencing are indeed the result of a broken head gasket. Head gasket repair can be an expensive service, so you must be certain that you are dealing with a broken head gasket. Once confirmed, the cylinder head gasket repair procedure is fairly straightforward. We perform a combustion system gas analysis test at L&D Auto Specialists to confirm the need to dig into the top half of the engine.

What is a gas analysis test for a combustion system?

If you have unexplained engine overheating, loss of coolant with no visible leaks, white smoke coming from the exhaust, an intermittent check engine light, or poor or rough idle, you may require a combustion system gas analysis test. This is an inexpensive, quick and easy service, but necessary in some cases of a blown gasket or cracked head. For this service, most auto repair shops normally charge around $50.00.

A combustion system gas analysis test can be performed on most vehicles or, more broadly, on any internal combustion engine with a radiator, whether fueled by gasoline, diesel, alcohol or liquid gas. Because hot coolant can cause severe burns, you should have a professional perform the test; it is better to be safe than sorry. A combustion system gas test is a test (service) we perform to determine the condition of your cylinder head, head gasket and engine block by attempting to detect combustion chamber gases in places where combustion chamber gases should not be detected.

What is the price of a cylinder head gasket replacement service?

Prices vary depending on the vehicle, the damage caused by overheating and all the parts that need to be replaced during the service. Most head gasket repair services include a head gasket kit, coolant/antifreeze, thermostat, coolant/antifreeze flush and an oil change, plus labor. Depending on how badly it overheats, in some cases there may also be a charge for cylinder head machining. In the worst case, the cylinder head and/or engine block are irreparable.

The average cost to repair a blown cylinder head gasket at our repair shop in Olathe KS is between $600 and $1,500. I would say about 60% have cylinder head or engine damage, which can mean higher machine and cylinder head work costs. Sometimes the additional expense is minimal, but other times an engine block is beyond repair or a cylinder head is so warped that it cannot be repaired. As a result, service may be required to replace the engine or one or two cylinder heads. Therefore, proper engine maintenance is critical. Of the 60%, approximately 40% of the additional costs are the minimum; again, it all depends on the severity of the overheating. Now, 40% of people are lucky enough that all the damage is in the head gasket itself, they change the head gasket, and boom, out the door.

The value of a head gasket repair

Many drivers do an excellent job of keeping their in good working order and up to date on maintenance. The most common services your vehicle will require are oil changes, tire rotations, alignment and brake service. However, more intensive and difficult service is sometimes required to repair or prevent further damage, and one of these repairs is head gasket repair. Do you have any idea what a head gasket is or what it does? Then let's go over everything you need to know about head gaskets.

Head gasket replacement frequently asked questions

What exactly is a head gasket?

The cylinder head gasket sits between the engine block and the cylinder head and seals the internal combustion process, while preventing coolant and oil from mixing.

What happens when a head gasket fails?

The short answer is that your car won't start, and driving with a faulty gasket is extremely dangerous. Driving with a faulty head gasket can cause your engine to overheat and your engine and cylinder head to fail.

How often should head gaskets be replaced?

Although head gaskets can fail at any time, most gaskets last at least 100,000 miles. Especially if you change your engine oil and coolant regularly.

How do I know if my head gasket is leaking?

There are a few indicators that your head gasket is failing and needs to be repaired or replaced. The first problem is that your engine is overheating. Checking the oil is another way to tell. It's okay if your oil is gold or black. These are the colors of clean and dirty oil, respectively. However, if the oil is the color of sunscreen and creamy, you have blown a gasket.

What should I do if my head gasket has blown?

Bring your vehicle to the expert service team atL&D Auto Specialists. We can easily repair or replace your head gaskets before they become a much bigger problem.

Vehicles serviced

Because of our strong partnerships with local parts suppliers, we can deliver top-quality parts for any make or model very fast. In many cases, we can complete auto and body repairs the same day! All of our technicians/mechanics are experienced on both domestic and imported vehicles, including:

Foreign cars:

Import european cars:

  • BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Fiat, VolksWagen (VW), Volvo, Mini Cooper, Saab, SmartCar, Porsche, Masterati, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Range Rover, Lotus

Japanese and asian cars:

  • Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Mazda, Hyundai, Suzuki, Subaru, and Kia.

Domestic cars:

  • Ford: Lincoln, Mercury, Continental.
  • General Motors: Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn, Hummer.
  • Chrysler: Jeep, Dodge, Plymouth, and Ram Trucks.

About Olathe KS

Olathe KS

Olathe is the county seat of Johnson County, Kansas, United States. It is the fourth-most populous city in the Kansas City metropolitan area and Kansas, with a 2010 population of 125,872. By 2019, the Census Bureau estimated Olathe's population had grown to 140,545.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 60.42 square miles (156.49 km2) of which 59.66 square miles (154.52 km2) are land and 0.76 square miles (1.97 km2) is covered by water. Olathe has two public lakes: Lake Olathe with 172 acres (0.70 km2) of water surface and Cedar Lake with 45 acres (0.18 km2).

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