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The importance of backup rings to O rings

Backup rings are ultimately used to help stop o ring migration, and they achieve this in both static and dynamic fluid power applications as the pressure cycles occur, preventing the extrusion of an o ring in the gap.  Ultimately a backup ring is a rigid ring that...

Gasket manufacturing process explained

Specialist Sealing Products have been providing high-quality gaskets to customers throughout the UK for many years. We pride ourselves in the range of gaskets we have available, suitable for a variety of applications across a range of industries.  Rubber gaskets are...

Designing seals for the food industry

There’s a number of factors to take into consideration when designing seals for the food industry. That’s because seals used within this sector need to work exceptionally hard in all food processing environments where hygiene and health and safety are of the utmost...

Storing your gaskets!

A strange headline for a gasket article, we know.  However, it’s an important area and one, which in this sector is often overlooked.  When we think about most products or items in and around our homes and business, we will recognise that most come with manufacturing...

Flange Gasket materials – What you need to know

Getting the most out of flange gasket materials and ensuring the performance of the gasket is not affected when you come to use it, means several things must be taken into consideration.  For example, factors such as their design, how they’re manufactured, installed,...

Spiral Wound Gaskets and Sheet Gaskets

Gaskets come in a range of different shapes and sizes.  All are offering similar functionality; gaskets are produced using a range of different materials to suit a range and a variety of environmental factors, industrial uses, and product requirements.  When it comes...

Benefits of Kammprofile Gaskets

Used to prevent leakage, gaskets are constructed to fit between a range of different sizes and types of surfaces in order to provide the perfect seal.  Typically used in pipes and heat exchangers, gaskets are widely used as industrial sealants.  Kammprofile gaskets,...

Purpose of a Kammprofile Gasket

The ultimate purpose of a gasket is to stop leaks while being able to deal with varying levels of compression.  When it comes to Kammprofile gaskets, these are ideal for standard pipeline and heat exchanger applications.  As due to their grooved metalcore, with a...

Are your gaskets completely compliant?

In industries where gaskets are not just important but essential, there are numerous challenges to be faced and considerations to take on board.  This is especially true when it comes to making sure this “essential” element is also compliant.  With the implementation...

Everything you need to know about Manway Gaskets

When it comes to manway gaskets, we want to keep things simple, introducing them as the small sealing ring found in hatches/openings that are constructed for large tanks. Openings which give people access to the inside of the aforementioned tanks and vessels. The...

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 a 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.  

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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