A car with a blown head gasket can be driven, but it is not recommended. Blown head gaskets are caused when an engine overheats, and if a car is driven with a consistent overheating problem, it leads to eventual engine failure.
A head gasket is used to seal engine blocks to their cylinder heads, and any damage to this gasket should not be overlooked. When high heat damages the gasket, the gasket will fail and the car will no longer be able to retain pressure in the cooling system, causing engine overheating.It is not recommended to drive the vehicle with a damaged gasket because the engine will not work well and the extra amount of stress could cause a cracked block and lead to complete engine failure. Learn More
The main symptoms of a blown intake gasket include but are not limited to an overheating engine, white, milky oil and white smoke from the exhaust pipe. The coolant leaking from below the exhaust flag can also be a red flag, and bubbles may form in the radiator or cooler overflow tank.Full Answer >
A car's gasket is a seal that is used to cap the cylinder in the engine. The gasket acts as a lid between the engine block and the piston chamber. It is called the head gasket because it's placed on the cylinder head.Full Answer >
If engine oil ends up in the radiator, it usually is due to a cracked head or blown head gasket. If the crack is adjacent to the oil pump, the resultant pressure can blow either the radiator or a cooling hose.Full Answer >
Thin, white smoke coming from an exhaust pipe usually indicates normal condensation buildup in the exhaust, but thick, white smoke can indicate a problem like the engine burning coolant, a cracked engine block, a blown head gasket or damaged cylinder head. Thick, black smoke is generally a sign that the engine is burning excess fuel, and is typically not an indicator of as serious a problem as thick, white smoke.Full Answer >