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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...

O Ring Colour Identification

O rings come in various colours, and it's important to understand what these colours indicate as the o rings you choose will affect your overall process application.  Ultimately, different o ring colours are used to help differentiate between different materials. ...

Spiral Wound Gasket Compressibility and Pressure Ratings

In order to form a reliable seal, spiral wound gaskets do require a certain degree of pressure.   The applied pressure allows the gasket to be compressed tightly between the mating surfaces preventing any leaks from occurring.  Factors such as operating temperature...

Elastomeric Compounds

What is elastomer?  Elastomeric compounds are rubber seals produced using natural rubbers or manufactured by the chemicals industry.  Elastomeric sealing compounds consist of between 50-60% rubber; the remainder of the compound consists of fillers,...

Is there such a thing as the right flange gasket?

We cannot stress enough how important gaskets and seals can be. Gaskets are vital for an application's reliability and integrity, and trust us when we say, choosing the right gasket now can help you avoid costly issues in the future.  Taking a closer look at pipe...

Plastic gaskets, the best alternative to metal

Plastic gaskets and seals are not that uncommon.  In fact, they’re used in many devices due to the longevity and functionality they offer.  Helping to prevent leaks and maintain temperature control, plastic gaskets help equipment and appliances operate to the best of...

Protecting your seals

Dust gets everywhere.  We see it across the surfaces of our homes and even in our workplaces, especially when the light shines through to show it in its full glory!  However, dust that seeps and builds up within engineering equipment can be disastrous.  Causing damage...

Importance of durometer testing

Durometer or shore durometer is a way for industry professionals to measure how hard such things as plastic, rubber, and non-metallic materials genuinely are.  Its focus is to measure on a Shore A or Shore D scale, looking at how robust material is when examining its...

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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