What is a Gasket?

Your engine is not unlike the human body, with a delicate system of hoses, like veins, transferring fluids from one part to another. Just as springing a leak in a vein is disastrous for a human, your engine's fluids and gases need containment. Gaskets provide a secure bond that keeps substances right where they belong.

Constructed of sturdy steel, copper or rubber, gaskets create a seal that is usually impenetrable. Gaskets provide a barrier between the engine block and cylinder heads, in the exhaust system and in the camshaft. They can fail for a variety of reasons, however, and the symptoms will be immediately apparent.

If you see oil in your coolant or your exhaust changes color, this is a clear sign of liquids escaping their original containment. If you suspect you've got a faulty gasket, don't hesitate to bring your car to Sill-TerHar Mazda in Broomfield, CO. We'll give your vehicle a thorough inspection and recondition or replace any deteriorating gaskets.

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