Gaskets are placed between two metal or plastic parts to form a tight seal. Their main function is to keep liquids and gases in their proper place within your vehicle and to maintain internal pressures. If a gaskets breaks, cracks, or becomes stiff, it can cause major engine damage.

Some of the most important gaskets in your vehicle include the head gasket, intake and exhaust gaskets, cylinder head gaskets, and camshaft gaskets. There are gaskets on almost every system of your car that are made from many materials. Over time, they can become worn or break down due to chemical exposure.

A cracked or worn seal can be a minor problem or one that can leave you stranded. Goodwin's Volvo in Topsham, ME wants you to understand that having your gaskets inspected on a regular basis is the best way to make sure that they do not cause an unexpected roadside emergency.

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