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Gaskets

A gasket is a mechanical seal that is used to fill the space between two or more surfaces that are being mated together. The purpose of a gasket is to prevent leakage into and out of the objects being sealed. Gaskets are made out of materials such as paper, silicone, rubber, cork, felt, metal, fiberglass, and neoprene. The use of a gasket means that the surfaces of the objects being mated together don’t have to be exactly perfect since the gasket will form around and seal and irregularities that may be there. Gaskets are used on many components of an engine since a proper compression ratio and a minimal amount of leaking is needed for maximum engine performance. Since many gaskets are made out of materials that can deteriorate, the need to replace them over time may be necessary to help prevent some of these leaks from occurring.

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Engine Full Gasket Set

A full gasket set is a very large kit that comes with just about every gasket needed to rebuild an engine. The full gasket set has both the upper and lower engine gasket sets in it. Getting a full gasket set will set you back a decent amount of money at first but it will easily pay itself off with the savings you will get since you are buying in a larger quantity. Whether you are completely rebuilding an entire engine and are going to need every gasket in the set, or if you are planning to just use a few of the gaskets and save the rest for future repairs, a full gasket set is the way to go. Continue Reading -->

Engine Full Gasket Set
Engine Full Gasket Set


Engine Gasket Sets

A full gasket set is a very large kit that comes with just about every gasket needed to rebuild an engine. The full gasket set has both the upper and lower engine gasket sets in it. Getting a full gasket set will set you back a decent amount of money at first but it will easily pay itself off with the savings you will get since you are buying in a larger quantity. Whether you are completely rebuilding an entire engine and are going to need every gasket in the set, or if you are planning to just use a few of the gaskets and save the rest for future repairs, a full gasket set is the way to go. Continue Reading -->

Engine Gasket Sets
Engine Gasket Sets

Engine Head Gaskets

The head gasket is used in between the cylinder head and the engine block which makes it the most important gasket used in an engine. The main purpose of using a gasket here is to create a strong seal between the two metal objects so that maximum compression in the cylinders can be achieved without a leakage of coolant or engine oil into the cylinders. Since this gasket is so close to the combustion chamber, it has to be made to tolerate the same conditions that other components in the combustion chamber have to withstand. To withstand the harsh conditions of the combustion chamber, the head gasket is made out of multiple layers of steel, solid copper, composite, and elastomeric. The most reliable and modern of these gaskets is the multiple layered steel design which is known as “MLS”. This type of gasket will usually consist of three layers of steel and a rubber coated surface to help provide the sealing element essential to the gasket. It is important to have a good quality head gasket installed because replacing this gasket is very expensive due to the amount of labor required to get to the gasket. It is estimated that up to 75% of the cost to replace this gasket will come from labor alone. Continue Reading -->

Engine Head Gaskets
Engine Head Gaskets


Engine Intake Gaskets

Intake manifold gaskets are designed to prevent leakage of the air-fuel mixture that is flowing through the intake and into the engine block were the injectors are. This gasket is located in between the intake manifold and the cylinder heads. This gasket is made out of a malleable material such as cork or rubber that can completely seal of this part of the engine to prevent contaminants from making their way in or the mixture from making its way out. This material will also provide a more fitting seal that two pieces of bare metal would have an extremely hard time making. Engines that use a turbocharger and more modern engines are likely to have a thicker gasket that is more efficient at heat management. Continue Reading -->

 Engine Intake Gaskets
Engine Intake Gaskets

Engine Lower Gasket Set

The lower engine gasket set is a kit that includes all of the gaskets needed in the lower half of the engine. The majority of lower engine gasket kits will come with a timing cover gasket, oil pan gaskets, front and rear crankshaft seals, and all kinds of other gaskets and seals needed to rebuild or repair that section of the engine. Buying all these gaskets in a kit will save time and money since they are all packaged together and there is no need to buy them one by one. Continue Reading -->

Engine Lower Gasket Set
Engine Lower Gasket Set


Engine Oil Pan Gaskets

Oil pan gaskets ensure a tight seal between the top of the oil pan and the bottom of the engine block were it is bolted to. These oil pan gaskets are normally the largest out of all the gaskets since some oil pans can be quite large. This gasket is usually in the shape of a rectangle but it can vary depending on the engine it is being installed in. Continue Reading -->

Engine Oil Pan Gaskets
Engine Oil Pan Gaskets

Engine Block Rear Main Sets

The rear block main gasket is the seal that goes between the back of the engine and the transmission. This area is where the crankshaft in the engine attaches to the transmission to spin it. Since these metal components are so important to the operation of a vehicle, they have to be oiled which helps keep the parts cool and lubricated. This seals main purpose is to keep that oil from leaking out and to keep any contaminants from entering in through any tiny cracks that can occur if the transmission were just bolted to the engine without the rear block gasket. This gasket is a large circle which accommodates the flex plate in automatic transmissions or the flywheel if the vehicle has a clutch. Continue Reading -->

Engine Block Rear Main Sets
Engine Block Rear Main Sets

Engine Timing Cover Sets

Timing cover sets come with all of the gaskets necessary to ensure that the timing cover is securely fit in place. It is important that things such as dirt and moisture are not exposed to the timing belt or chain because it can deteriorate it which can reduce its performance and its life span. Continue Reading -->

Engine Timing Cover Sets
Engine Timing Cover Sets


Engine Upper Gasket Set

Upper gasket sets are basically kits that come will all of the gaskets that may be used around the cylinder head. Some of the most common gaskets in this kit would include the head gasket, valve cover gaskets, exhaust gaskets, exhaust donut gaskets, EGR gasket, and thermostat housing gasket. Buying all of the gaskets in a large set such as this is a good idea when rebuilding an entire engine since every gasket should be replaced and not reused. Continue Reading -->

Engine Upper Gasket Set
Engine Upper Gasket Set

Engine Valve Cover Gaskets

Valve cover gaskets are used in between the cylinder head and the valve covers to create an air tight seal that doesn’t allow contaminants in or oil out. This type of gasket comes in many different sizes which depend on the cylinder head configuration and the number of cylinders in the block. Engines that have more cylinders will normally have a larger block which will require a bigger valve cover gasket. Some of these larger engines are shaped like a V which means there are two cylinder heads. Since there are two cylinder heads, a gasket must be used on both of them before the valve cover can be put on. Continue Reading -->

Engine Valve Cover Gaskets
Engine Valve Cover Gaskets

Engine Water Pump Gaskets

Water pump gaskets play a key role in keeping the fluids that are flowing at high speeds through the pump from leaking. This gasket is placed between the block and the water pump before the pump gets bolted to the block. Since this gasket is in contact with the block, it should be made from a material such as rubber that will not deteriorate or melt due to extreme heats. Many different size water pump gaskets are available on the market to fit the wide array of different engines produced over the years. The shape and size are both determined by the size of the block and the bolt location on the block in which the water pump is fastened to. Some of these gaskets may be as simple as a perfect circle, while others may feature multiple holes and bends. Continue Reading -->

Engine Water Pump Gaskets
Engine Water Pump Gaskets



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