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What Is a Head Gasket?

The head gasket is a thin metal gasket that sits between your engine block and cylinder heads. It provides a seal for the combustion chamber to ensure combustion happens correctly and is contained within the engine.


Why Is a Head Gasket Important?

The head gasket is a critical sealing component of your vehicle's engine. Its roles include:

  • Maintaining the right compression to ignite fuel and contain exhaust gases
  • Keeping oil, coolant and water out of the combustion chamber
  • Preventing leaks to keep these fluids from mixing


Without the head gasket, your car can't run properly. This means that any issues should be dealt with immediately as they can develop into more serious issues. If you ignore these problems, you face a very expensive repair - and risk writing your car off altogether.

As this part is so important, you must book a visual inspection to deal with your head gasket repairs as soon as you notice a problem.


Why Use BookMyGarage For Your Head Gasket Repair?

We have helped over 11.5 million drivers compare and save on their MOT, servicing and repair costs at local garages. In fact, when you compare garages near you through our online comparison site, you can save up to 70% when you choose one of the lower-cost options!

As the UK’s leading garage comparison site, we’re dedicated to helping drivers save money on their car maintenance. Here are just some of the ways we keep you in control of booking a visual inspection for your head gasket repairs:


No Upfront Payment. You never enter any payment details when you book your head gasket repair. We never charge you any fees to use our site and you always pay the garage directly after the appointment.

Plenty of Choice. We may recommend certain garages depending on your location or the product you select, but you always have the final say. There are thousands of fast-fit, independent and franchised garages on our online comparison site, so you’re able to see all your options and choose the best local garage for you.

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Easy 3-Step Booking Process. There’s no upfront registration and no faff. You just provide your vehicle’s details, choose the best deal and provide a suitable date and time for your visual inspection. That gives you more time to do the things you care about.


Enter your reg and postcode to compare labour rates from garages near you and book a visual inspection for your head gasket repair in seconds. After the inspection, your chosen garage will provide a no-obligation estimate for the repair work. You always pay this bill to the garage directly and only ever after they've completed all the work.


How to Book Your Visual Inspection

  1. Enter your vehicle reg and postcode.
  2. Compare deals. You can sort garages in your area by whatever best suits your needs: price, distance, reviews and ratings or availability.
  3. Pick a date and time for your appointment.


After you book your visual inspection, we send you a confirmation email with a summary of your booking. We also inform the garage and they may also be in touch to confirm the appointment or to ask for extra details.

You can change or cancel your booking for free until the day of your appointment.


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What Causes Head Gasket Problems?

The most common causes of a head gasket problem are:

  • High engine temperature
  • Overheating engine
  • Lack of coolant
  • Incorrect coolant inhibitor
  • Pre-ignition problems
  • Faulty cooling system


If you have to regularly top up your coolant but see no leaks under your car, there is a strong chance that you have a head gasket problem. You should book a visual inspection to get this checked out as soon as possible to avoid further, more expensive damage.


How Do You Know If You Have Blown a Head Gasket?

If you notice any of the following warning signs, it's likely that your car has blown a head gasket:

  • Your car's coolant level warning light is on (if it has one),
  • The coolant level is very low
  • Your car's coolant temperature gauge is showing a very high temperature
  • Your vehicle is running roughly
  • You see light coloured smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe
  • There is white discoloured oil on the dipstick

You should book an appointment as soon as possible to check whether your head gasket is to blame. Most importantly, do NOT drive your car to the garage as this can cause extra damage. Contact your recovery provider and get a tow instead.


How Much Does a Head Gasket Repair Cost?

A head gasket repair can cost anywhere between £400 and £1,500, with the average UK price being around £600. In some extreme cases, it can cost several thousand pounds.

Head gasket repairs are so expensive because it takes a lot of time to access and remove the part. This is mainly due to its location within the engine block.

This repair may also require the technician to complete the following:

  • Resurfacing cylinder heads
  • Replacing bolts within the engine block
  • Checking the water hoses
  • Repairing cracked cylinder heads
  • Replacing engine oil, oil filter and coolant


How Often Will I Need to Repair or Replace My Head Gasket?

Your head gasket is designed to last 200,000 miles, so you may never have to deal with a repair or replacement. It certainly should not be a frequent repair due to the importance of the part and the cost of a replacement.


Is a Head Gasket Repair Covered By My Warranty?

Yes, your car's warranty should cover a head gasket repair as it isn't a repair you should have to normally deal with. However, we recommend checking the terms and conditions of your policy before making a claim to ensure you're covered.


What Are the Warning Signs of a Leaking Head Gasket?

If you notice any of the following, there is a good chance your head gasket is leaking:

  • Engine temperature is higher than normal
  • Oil and water mixing
  • Lack of acceleration
  • Fluid in the exhaust system
  • Lack of coolant
  • Water or oil in the engine compartment


If you or a technician notice any of the above, it is worth getting the head gasket checked as soon as possible to avoid making the problem worse.


Can I Repair My Car's Head Gasket Myself?

We recommend leaving your head gasket repair to a professional for several reasons. Not only is it a difficult repair for an amateur mechanic to complete, but you also risk severe damage to the entire engine if you don't do the job properly.

You can buy and use head gasket sealant as an emergency, short-term solution while waiting for a repair. However, we still advise against driving the car wherever possible.


How Long Does it Take to Change a Head Gasket?

A head gasket replacement can take anywhere from 5 hours to more than a day.

The repair time is affected by the severity of the problem, your vehicle's make, model and age, engine type and several other factors. A technician will be able to provide a more accurate estimate after the initial inspection.


Is a Faulty Head Gasket an MOT Failure?

No, your head gasket cannot cause an MOT failure on its own as the test doesn't check this part.

However, a faulty head gasket can affect your vehicle's emissions which counts as an automatic MOT failure. That's why we would recommend booking a visual inspection before your MOT to avoid the risk of failure.


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