Automotive Knowledge by Bryan Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Bryan, TX: What are Gaskets?

We value our customers, which is why we provide them with useful information that helps them keep their vehicles running smoothly. Gaskets form a bond between at least two surfaces to prevent gases and fluids from escaping, and they can withstand extreme temperatures.

Head gaskets are the most common types of gaskets, but there are also intake manifold gaskets, exhaust manifold gaskets, and bearing gaskets. While most gaskets are made of multi-level steel, they can also be made of copper, rubber, and other materials.

To keep your vehicle running smoothly, keep a lookout for signs that let you know you may need new gaskets. If there's bubbling, gurgling, or foaming coming from near the radiator, then you may have a hole in one of the gaskets. Another sign that lets you know you have a gasket that is failing is when a substance that looks like mayonnaise appears on the dip stick when you check the oil level.

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