Head Gasket Repair Jargon Buster
Steel Seal's Guide To Help Tackle The Jargon That Comes With A Head Gasket Repair
A head gasket is a gasket that sits between the engine block and cylinder head(s) in an internal combustion engine.
This will tell you if your engine has good compression. An engine is essentially a self-powered air pump, so it needs good compression to run efficiently, cleanly and to start easily.
A crack in the block of the engine which results in a loss of coolant. Check radiator and all the hoses then see if the freeze plugs are still intact.
A warped head could cause oil and coolant to leak out of the engine or into adjacent cylinders, causing your engine to smoke.
Blown Head Gasket
A gasket that has a break between the opening for the cylinder and an opening for the coolant. The coolant will leak into the combustion chamber. This condition can be diagnosed by a loss in coolant and white smoke from the exhaust.
The end cover of a cylinder in an internal combustion engine.
A device for firing the explosive mixture in an internal combustion engine.
A glowplug (alternately spelled as glow plug or glow-plug) is a heating device used to aid the starting of diesel engines.
The nozzle and valve through which fuel is "injected" into a combustion chamber.
A pump in the cooling system of a car that causes the water to circulate.
A radiator is the part of the engine cooling system where excess combustion heat is lost by means of forced convection using a circulating coolant liquid such as water or a water/glycol mix to affect heat transfer.
A radiator cap is a pressure cap that controls the amount of coolant that is dispensed or removed into your overflow tank. A radiator cap that is not secure can force your vehicle to not cool in a correct manner.
The heater matrix is a small radiator through which the coolant runs and warms the air which enters the cabin.
Back pressure refers to pressure opposed to the desired flow of a fluid in a confined place such as a pipe. It is often caused by obstructions or tight bends in the confinement vessel along which it is moving, such as piping or air vents
Exhaust gas is emitted as a result of the combustion of fuels such as petrol or diesel. According to the type of engine, it is discharged into the atmosphere through an exhaust pipe.