Ace Elder Automotive
18698 State Highway P, Canton, MO 63435 573.288.0300

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

Ace Elder Automotive 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 schedule for cooling system service is a great way for Canton drivers to avoid overheating.

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

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Ace Elder Automotive
18698 State Highway P
Canton, MO 63435

At Ace Elder Automotive we install quality NAPA replacement parts.