If your vehicle is leaking fluid of any kind, it’s essential to have it checked out immediately. Yes, it’s true that if your Land Rover suddenly begins to leak window washer fluid then danger may not be imminent; however, your car needs different fluids in order to run properly, which may include: antifreeze, transmission fluid, power-steering fluid, brake fluid, and engine oil. All of these fluids are essential for your Land Rover’s function, and when they begin leaking it’s usually a serious problem.
When a head gasket begins leaking, it usually means one or more of two things are true: you’re losing engine oil or coolant, and they’re likely mixing together – a serious problem for your Land Rover. In this article, we’ll go over why a leaking head gasket is a significant problem to address with immediacy and how you can attend to such a problem.
The head gasket: an essential component
In a Land Rover, and many other vehicles for that matter, the head gasket is a component within your engine that serves a critical purpose. As we said before, engine oil and radiator fluid, or coolant, cannot come into contact with each other; if this occurs, then the engine oil and coolant cannot perform their designated functions, which are to either lubricate engine parts adequately to prevent part failure and friction, or to cool the engine – respectively. The head gasket is responsible for keeping these two essential fluids from coming into contact with one another; therefore, when the head gasket blows or fails, you could have a really serious problem on your hands, including imminent engine failure.
Potential reasons for a leaky head gasket
In order to determine the exact reason for your head gasket leaking, it’s best to consult with a Land Rover specialist – this will help you locate the source of the problem accurately and attend to it with efficiency. There are a few possible sources of head gasket leaks, but the most common reason is that the part has begun to wear out over time and is simply in need of replacement. Head gaskets aren’t designed to last forever – they’re made of a highly malleable material so that they can adjust to the internal temperature of the engine without failing immediately – instead, it usually takes years. One red flag of premature head gasket failure is a long-standing increased engine temperature, so keep an eye out for any spikes in engine heat.
Warning signs of a compromised head gasket
The warning signs of head gasket failure often mimic the signs of failure of other common automotive issues; therefore, it’s important to have your Land Rover specialist look into the issue thoroughly before making any treatment decisions. A blown head gasket should be treated as a serious engine problem, so keep an eye out for these symptoms:
An overheated engine
We already mentioned that high engine temperatures make for bad outcomes, no matter what the cause. An overheated engine will cause other problems that you’ll need to worry about, so it’s best to keep your engine adequately cooled by maintaining the engine cooling system – this includes frequent inspections. Overheating can certainly cause a head gasket to blow, so it’s best to remain aware of how your Land Rover’s engine temperature may fluctuate.
Smokey tail pipe
If you notice any smoke exiting your exhaust pipe, this could point toward an issue with any number of systems, including your air intake system, catalytic converter, or engine oil quality/fullness. Traditionally, white, sweet-smelling smoke may be an indication of a blown head gasket.
As we mentioned before, if your Land Rover begins leaking any fluid it’s a cause for concern. Leaking coolant or engine oil is a serious problem, and could point toward head gasket malfunction as the culprit. Don’t let any fluid leaks go on for any extended period of time.
Engine oil quality is something you should always be aware of. If the oil looks murky or cloudy, it’s possible that the head gasket is leaking and the coolant is mixing in.
Important first steps to take
Here at Auto Europa, our specialty is with luxury European vehicles like Land Rovers, which makes us qualified in and skilled at attending to such issues as a blown or leaking head gasket. For over 20 years, San Francisco, CA, residents have trusted us with their vehicles to help ensure their safety. It is our mission to make sure every client leaves our shop satisfied and safe. To schedule an appointment to have your head gasket checked, please call us right away.
* Land Rover Discovery 4 image credit goes to: teddyleung.