Herb Chambers Maserati of Millbury Car Knowledge for Millbury, MA Consumers: Gaskets Explained

What are gaskets? Gaskets are used to hold at least two surfaces together in your vehicle, which prevents any gases and fluids from leaking. They serve an important purpose and should be in good condition to help your vehicle run properly.

There are many types of gaskets, but the most common type is a head gasket. Exhaust manifold gaskets, intake manifold gaskets, and bearing gaskets are other types of gaskets. Your gaskets could be made from a number of materials, but the most common material that is used for gasket production is multi-level steel. Copper and rubber are other materials that are used to make gaskets.

Bubbling, gurgling, and foaming near the radiator could mean that there is a hole in one of the gaskets because of high compression levels. Another sign of a failing gasket is when you notice a liquid that looks like mayonnaise that appears near or in the oil.

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