Mazda Head Gasket Helps the Engine System

by : Anthony Fontanelle

Automobiles build up heat as they operate. In view of this, it has become a standard for car companies, such as Mazda, to equip their vehicles with all the right parts to reduce overheating risks, and thus, maintain quality performance. One important component contained in all Mazda cars is the set of Mazda head gaskets.

The Mazda head gasket's main function is to contain all the heat and compression generated by the vehicle's engine. It is designed to seal all combustion chambers and coolant and oil passages between the head and block, making the head gasket one of the most critical gaskets in an
engine. The Mazda head gasket is located between the cylinder head and the engine block.

There are three types of head gaskets. The first is the Multiple Layers Steel or MLS. It is included in most modern head engines. This type consists of three layers of steel. Another type is the solid copper head gasket. It is a solid sheet of copper and usually requires special machining called o-ringing, in which a piece of wire is placed around the cylinder to bite into the copper. Gaskets made through this are extremely durable. The last type is the composite type, which is made from asbestos or graphite, but is more prone to blowouts than newer metal gaskets.

Due to the operating condition it works in, the will eventually leak due to disfigurement. The signs of a faulty head gasket are namely, presence of coolant in the engine oil, engine oil in the coolant, or overheating. If overheating persists, the thermostat, radiator, water pump, and EGR system should be checked to determine the probable causes. In case Mazda head gaskets fail, immediate replacement is the best solution. A defective head gasket could damage the radiator further as the head gasket transfers cylinder heat and pressure to the cooling system, resulting ultimately to a blown up radiator.