October 7th, 2020 by

Gaskets form airtight seals between many different components in your car. The seals keep crucial automotive fluids from leaking or mixing. Gaskets also keep foreign matter, such as dust, debris, and water, from getting into your car’s parts. According to our service department techs here at Patrick MINI, gaskets are one of the smallest but critical automotive parts that often get overlooked until it’s too late.

Built for Durability

Gaskets take daily poundings, withstanding pressure and high heat under your vehicle’s hood. As a result, gaskets must be manufactured for strength and longevity. They often consist of:
• Copper
• Stainless Steel
• Multi-Layer Steel (MLS)
• Composites
• Rubber
Gaskets have no definite lifespan. They wear down at different intervals depending on your driving habits, mileage, weather, and road conditions.

Types of Gaskets

There are hundreds of different gaskets and seals. Some of the most common are:
• Engine Gaskets
• Transmissions Gaskets
• Cooling System Gaskets
• Fuel Supply Gaskets
• Differential Gaskets
To be on the safe side, have your gaskets checked during your vehicle’s scheduled routine maintenance.