Header Background Image

Quickly find and book Head Gasket Repairs in Tamworth

Looking for a garage to fix your Head Gasket Repairs in Tamworth?

4.6* on Trustpilot

*Based on Trustpilot: our average rating
4.6 out of 5 from 5613 reviews.

Don't know your vehicle registration?
Head Gasket Inspection

Looking for a garage to fix your Head Gasket Repairs in Tamworth?

4.6* on Trustpilot

*Based on Trustpilot: out average rating
4.6 out of 5 from 5613 reviews.

happy man using his phone

14,767,449 happy drivers can’t be wrong.

“I’m always on the go, so booking my MOT on my phone was really useful.
I compared garages, picked the best one for me and even saved money, all whilst waiting for my morning coffee!”

4.6/5 based on over 5613 Trustpilot reviews*
* Based on Trustpilot: our average rating 4.6/5 from 5,613 reviews.
Johnsons Volkswagen Tamworth Logo
Johnsons Volkswagen Tamworth
Ventura Park Rd, Tamworth, B78 3HL
87 Reviews
Free Video Health Check Report Included

Loan Car

Collect & Deliver

Customer Drop-off

Visual Inspection FROM £0

Volkswagen Johnsons Tamworth will ensure your Volkswagen will always leave our garage looking as good as new. Our fully Volkswagen-trained technicians are prepared to maintain and repair any of our models from the Up! to a Touareg.

Kingsbury Garage Logo
Kingsbury Garage
6 Tamworth Road, Kingsbury, Tamworth, tamworth, B78 2LD
6 Reviews

Loan Car

Collect & Deliver

Customer Drop-off

Visual Inspection FROM £0

kingsbury garage has been repairing cars and light vehicles for 25 years plus and being a local village garage can be asked to fix anything that moves . we have great friendly staff that have been with the company for 15 years plus no job is to big or to small . we have the latest diagnostic tool...

Norris Brothers Garages Ltd Logo
Norris Brothers Garages Ltd
105-109 Lichfield Street, Tamworth, B79 7QB
35 Reviews

Loan Car

Collect & Deliver

Customer Drop-off

Visual Inspection FROM £0

After sales service is a major decision when considering the purchase of any new or used vehicle. Our skilled service team utilise full state of the art dealership service facilities which include an MOT bay. We also have an extensive parts department. Loan cars are available and we offer collectio...

CR MOT Centre Logo
CR MOT Centre
Unit 9 Cavendish,, Lichfield Road Industrial Estate,, Tamworth,, B79 7XH
37 Reviews

Loan Car

Collect & Deliver

Customer Drop-off

Visual Inspection FROM £0

Want a garage with the most affordable prices in the Tamworth area? Here at CR MOT Centre, we offer great deals on auto repairs and servicing. CR MOT Centre is a great place for all your vehicle repairs and servicing needs, with the latest equipment to help get your car back on the road at a reasona...

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. That's why you must book a head gasket repair promptly if you notice any of the following warning signs.

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.

What do you need from your garage?

This might sound like a question with an obvious answer: you need a garage that can service or repair your car quickly and at a good price. But think again and you may realise there are other factors that affect your choice of garage in Tamworth. If you need to bring your son or daughter with you when you take your car in, are there toys in the waiting room? If you’re dropping the car off between school and work, can you pick up a cup of coffee while you’re there? Might the garage even collect your car and drop it back at your house after the work is done? You can find answers to all these questions on BookMyGarage.

Book Online Today!

Don't know your vehicle registration?
Head Gasket Inspection