Why Are Gaskets So Important?

The term gasket may sound highly technical, but a gasket is simply a flat piece of rubber, metal or another flexible material that is used as a seal within an engine. Keep reading to learn more about gaskets, and don’t hesitate to visit Honda of Serramonte for gasket replacement or any other automotive service matter.

Automotive engines are made primarily of hard metal components that contain gasoline, oil, water, water vapor and other fluids. These liquids and gases would quickly leak away without a proper seal between the various metal engine pieces. Gaskets serve to fill in these spaces and keep the liquids and gases from escaping.

Gaskets can be simple rings or complex shapes that are designed to surround multiple openings between parts. Each gasket is custom-made to fit a certain space, and most are not interchangeable even within the same vehicle brands.



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