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Optimum squeezing force for an o ring

It is true that the more squeeze you place on an o ring, the tighter the seal it will provide. In essence, the more squeeze (compression) you apply, the greater the force between the o ring and its mating hardware.  And ensuring you have the perfect seal is all...

O Ring Squeeze

The squeeze and shrinkage on an o ring are vital to understanding as these factors stand in the way of your application either experiencing a perfect seal or your application suffering from leaks.  You can measure the shrinkage of an o ring during...

Keeping your o rings bonded

EMI o rings. Those seal ring gaskets are made of silicone compounds, combining environmental sealing with electromagnetic interference protection.  Consisting of metal or metal-coated particles, silicone o rings are filled with silver, silver aluminium, or nickel...

The importance of mechanical seals when reducing water consumption in mining

Environmental considerations are at the top of most industry's agendas in the 21st century as companies evaluate and improve operations, processes, and systems.  Conserving water in mining is one such area that is now being investigated further with the rotation of...

How choosing the correct gasket reduces risks

Health and Safety across any industry are vital, especially so in industrial facilities and settings.  Why?  Because harmful leaks and emissions must be avoided at all costs to avoid serious accidents or injury to your teams and property.  That’s why having the right...

How to tighten your bolts perfectly

How to tighten your bolts and which tools you should use to achieve the perfect seal is not as seamless and straightforward as we would like. Various factors come into play in these situations, such as bolt grade, size, and even application type.  Tightening torques...

Static and Dynamic o rings

A range of factors and application dynamics come into play when choosing a particular type of o ring.  You need to understand the type of seal exert you require, the dimensions, and even compounds.  Due to the nature of an o ring and its overall design, o rings use...

Gasket Sealants

Fortunately, no one gasket suits a range of applications, but rather we have a multitude of gasket sealants available to meet various specifications and requirements.  Ultimately, sealants are used to effectively ensure gasket seals.  Helping to extend a gasket's life...

Types of industrial gasket material

Different industry sectors will use different types of gaskets and different types of gasket materials.   And of course!  Different industrial gasket materials will be much better suited to some industrial processes and applications compared to others.  As different...

Keeping a close eye on the gaskets your applications use

Gaskets are vital elements to any piping system and application that requires creating the perfect seal in order to prevent leaks.  This is the main role of a gasket, to provide a good seal, with some gasket materials sealing better than others in certain...

5 Common Gasket Failures

5 Common Gasket FailuresCommon Failure Causes 

A blown head gasket in a vehicle is something that needs to be fixed promptly. If left untouched, you run the risk of seriously damaging your engine. Knowing what causes gasket failure or gasket problems is the key to gasket failure prevention, so let’s start by looking at some likely culprits. 

Overheating 

It’s a catch twenty-two situation  an overheated engine can cause the gasket to blow. A blown gasket can cause the engine to overheat.  

This is often a result of the exhaust gases leaking into the cooling system of the vehicle. It can be as a result of a coolant leak as well. Either way, the outlook is not good. If it’s allowed to continue, the cylinder head could warp, or the catalytic converter can be damaged.  

If either of these two events occurs, you’re looking at an expensive fix for this problem 

Loss of Power 

If the seal fails, the cylinder compression will be reducedThis is also one of the most telling symptoms of gasket failure a sudden loss of pressure and an engine that is not running as smoothly as it should.  

Oil Contamination 

Some gasket symptoms are easy to noticeContamination is one of them. When this happens, you’re likely to see an opaque residue inside the oil filler cap or sticking to the dipstick. There are other reasons that this could happen, but it’s most likely that the gasket is not sealing correctly 

The problem here is that the contaminated oil can destroy the bearings in the engine. It must be completely flushed out once you’ve implemented your gasket solutions. The oil filter will also need to be switched out.  

Smoking 

An oil leak can also cause the car to smoke as a result of the oil burning off on the cylinders. It’s something that needs to be handled as soon as possible. If not, your engine will be subjected to excessive wear and tear.  

External Leaks 

Another sign of a gasket problem is when you are going through too much oil or coolants. If there is a minor leak, the problem is likely not too serious, and the car will still run. However, if the oil or coolant is allowed to drop too low, you risk damaging the engine.

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How to prevent gasket them? 

The best gasket solution is to make sure that you keep your car in good repair and use high-quality replacement parts when necessary. Specialist Sealing Products has a range of top-quality products that are built to last and that will perform exceptionally 

The main problem with replacing the head gasket is that the engine basically needs to be disassembled. This is why the labour for this repair ends up being so expensive.  

Do focus on ensuring that the cooling system remains in good condition. Start by checking the levels of coolant regularly and top them up if necessary. Also, check the system regularly for leaks and, if you find any, have them fixed as soon as possible.  

Aside from that, make sure to get your car properly serviced at least once a year. You’ll need to do a full oil change, replace the oil filters and air filters to keep the vehicle running as cleanly as possible.  

Read the next article: What is controlled Density of Spiral Wound Gasket 

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