Head Gaskets Manufacturers UK – What is a Head Gasket?

Whenever two surfaces, especially two metal surfaces meet in the car, there is probably a gasket. The gasket, made of softer material than the surrounding surfaces, fills in the space between two parts that do not fit perfectly together. It creates a seal, which prevents liquids and gases from spilling into the wrong places. While gaskets are all over the car, the main one is the head gasket. The head gasket separates the cylinder head and the engine block, and prevents engine oil and coolant from mixing. As expert head gasket manufacturers we know the importance of the head gasket, which is why our head gasket technology is continually researched and developed to improve the efficiency of our gasket production.

 

Head Gaskets & Cooling

The head gasket is the key component in maintaining the optimal temperature of the vehicles engine, if the engine overheats; it’ s one of the first things to be effected. The head gasket seals the coolant channels between the cylinder head and engine block. Coolant then flows through the coolant channels after being cooled by the radiator, this in turn, cools the engine. The temperature of the engine is regulated by the thermostat, which ensures the engine is running at the optimal temperature. Should the head gasket, radiator or thermostat begin to fail then the engine can quickly overheat which can cause big, expensive problems.

 

What Are Head Gaskets Made Of?

A head gasket needs to be made up of materials with various temperature-withstanding properties. It needs to function at extremely high temperatures whilst also enduring the extreme pressures of the engine. A head gasket also needs to be resistant to the affects of air, oil and coolant at variable temperatures whilst having no reaction to any chemicals found in the engine. Different engine designs require a different head gasket that meets the performance needs of the engine.

 

Years of testing have shown that there are a number of materials that can be used to create a suitable head gasket but stainless steel is still the most common material. Due to advances in modern head gasket research, chemically created compositions such as rubber, neoprene and cork have started to emerge as alternatives to the more traditional materials used.

So if you are looking for a reliable, capable company to source head gaskets for sale, then you should contact us to find out what we can do for you.  You might also like to read our previous blog on gasket material.

 

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Stephens Gaskets Limited
Units 1-4 Alston Road Oldbury Oldbury, West Midlands B69 2PP
Phone: 0121 544 5808 Fax:121 544 4188, E-mail: sales@stephensgaskets.co.uk