You know that you don’t want to blow a head gasket and that it’s going to cost a lot to fix, but how do you know it happened in the first place? There are a few things you need to be on the lookout for that could indicate a blown head gasket.
- White smoke coming from your exhaust may indicate you’re burning coolant and is a potential sign of a blown head gasket. Blue smoke caused by burning oil could also indicate the same thing.
- If the temperature of your engine is consistently high every time you drive, that’s a good sign that you may have a blown head gasket and should have a mechanic take a look.
- Look for any external coolant leak below the exhaust manifold.
- If your oil becomes milky or frothy it may be a sign that it has become contaminated thanks to a blown gasket.
- Consistent cylinder misfires are often the result of a blown head gasket. The lack of proper compression throws off the firing.
- Check your coolant for contamination. If oil has gotten into it there it will look like cottage cheese.
If you notice any one of these signs, or especially several of them, you may have an issue with a blown head gasket. Each of these issues is clearly something worth getting properly diagnosed so you should definitely be heading to see our mechanics at German Imports Car Care as soon as you can.
Is it Worth Repairing a Blown Head Gasket?
Easiest answer? Yes! You cannot disregard a blown head gasket and expect to keep your car running, not just in good condition but in any condition. If a blown head gasket is not repaired in a timely fashion you risk a domino effect of damage. Which results in massive damage to your ignition system, the fuel injection system, the exhaust system, and potentially even an entire engine repair or replacement. At that point, depending on the age and condition of the rest of your vehicle, this may make your car a total loss that’s no longer worth fixing. So for the potential $1,000 to $2,000 to fix the gasket, you could be saving the entire cost of a new vehicle that you may end up paying if you don’t address this issue as soon as you can.
Keeping this in mind, you will want to consider the value of your car as a whole. If you have an older vehicle, is it worth it to invest $2,000 or more into fixing it? If not, you may want to consider cutting your losses, selling the car as a junker and upgrading to something a little more reliable.