Talk:Head gasket

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Rover K Series Engine[edit]

UK Readers - never ever buy a well-used secondhand Rover (eg Metro or 200) with a K Series engine. The notoriously dodgy composition and mounting of the head gasket means a) it WILL blow - usually once the car is past 70,000 miles and b) you will be left with £500+ repairs for a replacement (with a copper one) and invariably a new radiator too. The faults manifest in different ways: power reduction (leading to what feels like an alternator failure but without all the electrics going), uncontrolled heating and water loss and thermostat wobblies (due to lack of pressure sensing). Basically, if you got cappucino foam appearing in your water inlet, you got problems. And my sympathies. Plutonium27 (talk) 17:36, 19 January 2008 (UTC)

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I think the above (comment by user plutonim27) about a specific car is not really useful towards the discussion of what a head gasket is.

I also used this as my starting point to find out what a head gasket is and found the information only useful if you already knew what a head gasket was. This section is not clear and needs do define the difference between something called a valve cover. Also pictures describing the difference would be really useful describing the difference between the two.

After using this wiki as a starting point I now know there is a difference but i still do not know what the difference is or i would make the changes myself.

I will also post on main portion of wiki reference ambiguous do to confusing description between head gasket and gasket cover.

Pictured replacement head gasket type[edit]

Of what type is the pictured replacement head gasket (pictured on the engine)? The cylinders seem to be sealed by rolled steel inserts, but the make up of the remainder in grey and red is unclear. (talk) 07:59, 9 October 2010 (UTC)