Archive for: December, 2017

Tech Tip: Blown Head Gasket Symptoms, Causes and Fixes

Early detection prevents costly and time-consuming repairs
Head gasket issues are BY FAR the #1 problem our support team talks to customers about every day.

Since the head gasket has the most critical sealing job in the engine — to seal and protect the cylinders from coolant or engine oil infiltration to ensure maximum compression —  a blown head gasket can be crippling. When a head gasket leak is detected early, it often can be repaired chemically before it grows into a $1,500 to $3,000 problem.

How to spot a blown head gasket

Here’s a short list of customer complaints that are symptoms or signs of a blown head gasket:

A strong, sweet smell of heated coolant.
Low coolant level in the coolant reservoir, without visible leaks.

Posted in: Cooling, Gaskets

Stopping an Oil Leak on a Motorcycle

Motorcycle engines rev hard to produce the power you need to go fast. Over time, parts in your motorcycle engine can start to wear out, causing oil leaks. Common oil leak causes and locations in your motorcycle include:

Oil pan seal: The oil seal between your engine block and the oil pan can wear out over time and get dry and brittle. This allows oil to seep out, often onto the ground.
Cylinder head gasket: A gasket present between your engine block and oil can cover is a common location for oil leaks, as the seal gets old and the bolts holding the covers on work their way loose.
Oil filter: The seal on your oil…

Posted in: Engine, Leaks, Oil

Why Is My Vehicle Burning Oil?

Have you noticed a puff of blue smoke when you fire your vehicle up? That is one telltale sign that your engine is burning oil. While a small amount of smoke maybe isn’t a major problem, it’s a sign that your engine is starting to wear out. There are two locations where oil typically gets into your combustion chambers:

Valve seals: The valves in each cylinder have small seals to keep oil from flowing directly into your engine. In normal operation, the oil present keeps the seals lubricated, but over time those seals can wear out and start to crack. When this happens, excess oil leaks into the engine and burns off, creating that blue smoke.

Posted in: Engine, Oil, Valve Seal