A blown head gasket is a major problem. It can starve your engine of the coolant it needs to keep from overheating, and it can allow your coolant and oil to mix. Once that happens, if you continue driving, your engine can suffer catastrophic failure, making it undriveable.
At that point, the only solution is an expensive engine rebuild or replacement. Thankfully, Bar’s Leaks exists to prevent that from happening. Our proven products are easy to use — and you don’t need to be a mechanic or car expert.
The most important thing to do is identify a problem with your head gasket before it becomes a major leak. Here are some of the most telltale symptoms something is not right with the head gasket:
- Coolant loss: While coolant loss can come from different causes, a leak in the head gasket will result in a loss of coolant. This can be small at first, so it’s always a good idea to frequently check your coolant level.
- Cloudy coolant in the tank: If you see a cloudy, milky appearance to the coolant in the reservoir, it means oil is getting in there. That’s another obvious sign of head gasket problems.
- White smoke from your tailpipe: The presence of noticeable white smoke coming from your tailpipe is likely the result of coolant getting into your combustion chamber, again a sign of a head gasket leak.
- Air bubbles in your radiator: With the radiator cap removed (always be careful, especially when hot!), you may be able to see signs of a cylinder head gasket leak with the presence of air bubbles.
- Visible leaks: After driving your car, pop your hood and look for any leaks between the cylinder head and the block. Use a flashlight and small mirror to inspect the hard-to-reach areas.
- Rough driving / hesitation: If you get to the point where your car is running rough, it means you already have some pretty serious head gasket damage. Time to react!
Once you’ve determined you have a blown head gasket, you have no time to waste. At the earliest moment possible, you’ll want to add our Bar’s Leaks HG-1 (Blown Head Gasket Repair) product. It is guaranteed to stop mild to moderate coolant leaks — and at the fraction of the price of a replaced cylinder head gasket. This is especially comforting for owners of older vehicles, where the cost of gasket replacement surpasses the cost of the vehicle itself.
Before your next drive, check your coolant level and the appearance of your coolant in the reservoir or radiator. Then watch for the various symptoms of a blown head gasket when you’re out on the road. At the first sign of a problem, you can always ask a mechanic to check out your engine and confirm your cylinder head gasket leak.
If you have a leak, a bottle of Bar’s Leak HG-1 is all it takes to get you back on the road. With almost 70 years in the business and proven technology in every bottle, Bar’s Leaks is the smart, easy and affordable solution to your blown head gasket. Now that you know the symptoms of a blown head gasket, you can detect one before it comes a problem and apply the guaranteed solution: Bar’s Leaks!