The cylinder head in conjunction with the head gasket acts as a seal or protective shell making sure oil and other potential pollutants do not find their way inside and damage the vehicles most expensive component – the engine. It also limits the heat generated from the combustion process.
If a cylinder head cracks or becomes worn, it can cause catastrophic damage to the engine. Tell tale signs that all is not well include strange odours signalling engine coolant leaks, smoke, and engine misfiring. The most common cause of cylinder head failure is overheating .
If your cylinder head has reached the end of it’s life cycle, it can be easily replaced at relatively low cost but it is advisable to use a qualified mechanic.
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