Even the smoothest, most well-machined piece of metal will have surface irregularities that will require a gasket when it’s
jointed to another piece of metal, and very vehicle, from pickup trucks to family sedans to sports cars, relies on
engine gasketsto ensure that engine assemblies fit together perfectly. They protect against leaks and keep parts
performing at optimal levels. Since all vehicles, including your vehicle, have different engine configurations and
sizes, it's important to purchase the right parts, and we can help.
Vehicles have a number engine gaskets, and the good news is that you may not have to replace them all during your car's lifetime.
However, as a vehicle ages, gaskets have a tendency to dry out and shrink, causing leaks. They come in two forms:
composite and silicone. Composite materials include paper, felt, cork or rubber. You apply composite gaskets
with an adhesive or dressing to keep them in place. Silicone gaskets are applied onto the components during assembly
and cure after placement.
One of the most commonly replaced gaskets is a head gasket. When
this breaks or blows, it’s a real problem that can lead to coolant entering the combustion chambers. If the head
gasket in your vehicle fails, quick replacement will avoid further damage. Other ones you might have to replace
include the fuel pump, water pump, oil pan, turbocharger and valve cover gaskets.
There are several
indicators that the engine gaskets on your vehicle have blown or are failing. Knowing these signs can help prevent
costly repairs in the future. Be on the lookout for leaks of oil or coolant. Mechanics will check the gaskets
first before doing a thorough inspection.
Some engine gasketsare in tight spots, making it necessary
to disconnect motor mounts and jack the engine up to access them. However, if you have the right tools, you can
easily replace them at home. Whether you're looking for an individual piece or an engine gasket set, browse our
extensive inventory to find what you need.