Elite Automotive & Tire Center
254 Route 206, Byram, NJ 07821 973.691.1444

Elite Automotive & Tire Center Tech Question:
My name is Landon. A bought a new minivan and it started smoking out the tail pipe. My Byram service center said my head gasket went out. What can I do to prevent this from happening again?

Elite Automotive & Tire Center Answer:
The head gasket fits between the top of the engine and the cylinder head. Its job is to seal that connection and keep oil and coolant circulating in the right parts of the engine.

When it leaks, oil can get in the coolant and vice versa. Sometimes coolant or engine oil can get into the combustion chamber where it gets burned with the fuel – which is what makes all that smoke Landon was talking about.

He said his car was new, so it's likely that the head gasket failed because it was improperly installed – which is very rare. Sometimes they just burn through.

Engine overheating is a leading cause for blown head gaskets. Following the vehicle's schedule for cooling system service is a great way for Byram drivers to avoid overheating.

Replacing a head gasket is fairly expensive at Byram car repair shops. It's definitely worth investing in regular cooling system maintenance at Elite Automotive & Tire Center to avoid that job. Ask your friendly and knowledgeable if it's time for a cooling system service at Elite Automotive & Tire Center in Byram.

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Elite Automotive & Tire Center
254 Route 206
Byram, NJ 07821

At Elite Automotive & Tire Center we install quality NAPA replacement parts.