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What is a Head Gasket Leak?

What is a Head Gasket Leak?

Compressed right between the engine block and the cylinder head, a head gasket is a small component that is essential to the efficient functioning of your car. Without a gasket, the motor oil and the coolant will keep mixing together as they move through the casting ports of the engine block and the cylinder head. Additionally, the internal combustion chamber will not seal properly, leading to reduced power from the combustion process. A blown head gasket means the cylinder block is cushioned properly from the cylinder head, and the engine fluids will start mixing and leaking to other parts of the engine. But what could lead to a head gasket leak? The following are some causes that may result in a head gasket leak. Overheating The billowing of clouds of white smoke is the utter indication of an overheating engine. Overheating causes the metal present in the engine to expand and loosen the grip on the sealing of the head gasket. The gasket material gets tampered with and can no lon ... read more

Do My Driving Habits Affect My Maintenance Schedule?

Do My Driving Habits Affect My Maintenance Schedule?

If you drive your vehicle more often in the city and brake hard, you might notice that your car is subject to more wear and tear. So you would need to have services performed more often to keep your car in good condition. Your car needs oil changes, tire rotations, brake maintenance, and a lot more. Let's dig in for more information. Driving Habits And Required Maintenance If you are driving more often around the city, it's wise to focus on the maintenance of your car. Consider the following: It's possible that you would be cold starting your car that can affect its lifespan. It's important that you let the engine warm-up.   You might not be using the parking brake when you are parking your vehicle. There is a reason why it's in your car. Your car is subject to wear and tear if you are not using it. In the same way, you have to deactivate the parking brake when you start to drive. You don't want to damage the rotors of your brake, right!   If ... read more

Does the Color of Your Car Impact Nighttime Visibility?

Does the Color of Your Car Impact Nighttime Visibility?

Many drivers choose the color of their vehicle based on what they prefer, and that's certainly one way to go. However, the next time you are in the market, it's a good idea to look into the safety aspects of different colors as well. There are many different studies that have been done on vehicle safety in relation to colors. When you think about nighttime driving, color differences make sense. Black is the most dangerous because it is the hardest to see. If a black vehicle's lights go out, there's no seeing it at nighttime. White is the safest option because it can be seen, even in poor light conditions. White vehicles also stand out against the roads, especially if there are black surfaces. White also stands out against the forest. Gold is another safe color as it is another light color. Headlights also reflect off those colors well so the vehicles are easier to see in any lights. Yellow cars are a bright, safe color that you can see during the day and night. Taxi c ... read more

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