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Central Autopoint (Corby) Ltd
34 Maylan Road, Earlstree Ind. Est, Corby, NN17 4DR
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Central Autopoint are proud to offer you a wide range of vehicle services. Our fully trained and qualified technicians are here at hand to carry out ADAS calibrations, Laser Wheel Alignment, Electric and Hybrid vehicle servicing (including battery replacement), Clutches, brakes, timing belts, steeri...

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Erewash Garage Ltd
Fourways Kirkby Lane, Pinxton, Nottingham, NG16 6HW
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Providing testing for class 4 and 7 MOTsServicing up to 3. 5 tonne commercials

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Small MOT station providing testing for class 4 and 7 MOTs. Also vehicle servicing up to 3. 5 tonne commercials. We sell tyres to order. We fit clutches, exhausts, cambelts, tyres and batteries. We now offer a diagnostic service using Snap-on! technology

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RESPONSE AUTO REPAIR CENTRE (ILKESTON) LIMITED
AMILDA AVENUE, ILKESTON, DE7 5DB
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Response Auto Repair Centre – MOT Testing, Car Servicing and Repairs Excellent mechanics here to help you out Experienced and trusted garage in Ilkeston Welcome to Response Auto Repair Centre the leading independent auto repair centre in Ilkeston. Based less than a mile away from Ilkeston train stat...

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Topgear MOT & Service
258 - 268 ABBEY STREET, DERBY, Derby, DE22 3SX
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Top Gear MOT and Service Centre Derby Limited is your local Derby garage with the best prices in the area! Our team provide repairs on all tyres, brakes, exhausts, clutches and steering and suspension and will complete all servicing and MOT testing in-house as well as any repairs that might need doi...

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Hillside Garage Of Shuttlewood
41 Chesterfield Road, Shuttlewood, Nr Bolsover, S44 6QN
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Being a well-established garage, we have built up an excellent reputation across Shuttlewood and the surrounding areas for providing a first class customer service. We have a team of highly trained and experienced mechanics, technicians and MOT testers that will advise and assist you when repairing ...

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Tech-Tonic Vehicle Repairs
109 Woods Lane, Derby, DE22 3UE
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Here at Tech-Tonic we aim to provide you with a quick easy service for all your motoring needs. With collection and delivery, customer drop off and MOTS carried out at evenings and Sundays if required, booking must be made We specialise in all things German and also DPF cleaning, we are manufacturer...

What is a head gasket?

The head gasket in your car separates the oil and the coolant in the engine. As its name suggests, it is a gasket, which is located between the cylinder head and the engine block - in the car’s engine. Its main function is to seal the cylinders to ensure the highest compression possible and separates the oil and water; oil to lubricate the engine and water to cool the engine. The head gasket also ensures that the whole internal combustion process is contained within the engine.

Why is a head gasket important?

The head gasket is a critical sealing component of your vehicle's engine. Any potential problem with your head gasket should be dealt with immediately as it can lead to more severe issues developing, which if ignored will increase the cost of your repairs. Once a head gasket is blown, it can cause further damage to your vehicle's engine such as leaks, loss of water, decreased fuel efficiency and overheating. The longer you drive with a blown head gasket, the more damage it will cause to your engine. In the worst cases scenario, if left for a long time you could be looking at a complete engine replacement.

What causes head gasket problems?

The head gasket is a very important part of an engine. It can fail due to the engine overheating so it’s always important that you check your coolant level regularly (when the car has cooled down). If you are having to top up your coolant regularly and you can see no water leaks on the ground, then this is a sign that you have a head gasket problem and you should have this checked out as soon as possible. One of the main causes of a damaged head gasket is extremely high engine temperature, and an overheating engine temperature is often caused by a coolant leak. There could be other reasons behind a head gasket failure, including; incorrect coolant inhibitor, the cooling system not working efficiently causing hotspots between the centre cylinders, and pre-ignition problems.

How do you know if you have blown a head gasket?

Warning bells should be ringing if:

  • your car's coolant level warning light is on (if the car has one),
  • on checking coolant (when the engine is cold) - the level is very low, or if your engine is showing a very high temperature on the coolant temperature gauge (if fitted)
  • your vehicle is not running smoothly, or you see light coloured smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe or white discoloured oil on the engine oil level dipstick
These could all be signs of a blown head gasket and should be promptly seen to by a mechanic.

 

Can you drive your car with a blown head gasket?

If you suspect that your car has a blown head gasket, do not try to drive it and have it seen to by a mechanic promptly. They may need to have your car towed to their garage to diagnose the issue and either repair or replace the part(s).

How much does it cost to replace a head gasket?

Repairing and replacing a head gasket often requires:

  • A new gasket kit and replacement bolts.
  • Testing and flattening the cylinder head.
  • Replacement of oil filter, oil and ant-freeze.

 

Head gasket repairs will require the engine cylinder head being removed from the engine block as the gasket sits between these two components. The cylinder head may need to be resurfaced and new bolts will need to be fitted as they can stretch. The work will also involve changing the engine oil and coolant, and all water hoses will be checked at the same time.

If the cylinder head is cracked, it can sometimes be repaired by first being pressure-tested to detect any cracking or warping, which are the results of the high temperatures in which it operates, then being skimmed flat to return it to its proper shape.

As soon as you suspect that you may have a blown head gasket, you should get booked into a garage to have it replaced. The parts and labour costs will vary depending on the garage that you choose to take your car to. All of the above work will probably take a mechanic roughly six hours (depending on the severity) and you have to take this labour into consideration on top of the parts required. Each garage has its own hourly rate and if you enter your vehicle registration number and post code at the top of this page, you’ll be able to compare the labour rates, reviews, distance, and more from all of the top garages in your local area. This allows you to choose a garage that you can trust for a rough price point that is suitable for you.

Driving in the East Midlands

From Lincoln’s winding streets and glorious medieval cathedral, to legendary Sherwood Forest and the natural drama of the Peaks, the East Midlands is a varied region. 88% of the land is rural, though the major cities of Nottingham, Leicester and Derby mean that the population stands at around 4.5 million. The geographical centre of England lies in Higham on the Hill in west Leicestershire, close to the boundary between the East and West Midlands.

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