Sitting in between two auto components may be a very simple task, but not if doing so entails a lot of other functions. Such is the case with the Mazda head gasket. The head gasket may look like a very simple component, simply sitting between the cylinder block and the cylinder head. A thorough study about its function, however, will make you realize how important a vehicle component it is. So important is the Mazda head gasket that if it gets damaged, the vehicle is in for a lot of trouble.
The Mazda head gasket is considered as the most critical gasket installed in a Mazda vehicle. Why? Simply because it has to seal tight a lot of things. Primarily, the only function of the head gasket is to enhance the sealing between the cylinder block and the cylinder head. But since the cylinder head holds a lot of holes for various passages, it has also become the task of the head gasket to enhance the sealing on all of those passages. Thus, the Mazda head gasket must also tighten the seal all of the combustion chambers as well as the lubricant oil and coolant passages between the head and block.
So what should you expect if the head gasket of your Mazda gets damaged or blown off? A lot of leaking! Oil leaking out of the cylinder block would be a minor problem in this case, especially if the oil is simply seeping in between the cylinder head and block. But if the damage allows oil to leak out of the coolant passage or coolant out of the combustion chamber, then your vehicle is in a lot of trouble. In either case, the heat absorption capability of the coolant would be greatly lessened, resulting to engine overheating and other engine damages.
So if you have noticed heavy oil leaks and coolant leaks on your Mazda, it is recommended that you have a mechanic check on your Mazda head gasket at once. Replacing the head gasket immediately, however, is not recommended. Oil leaks and coolant leaks may be caused by other problems like a damaged cylinder head, cylinder block or turbocharger. It is better that you have a mechanic check on the problem first before replacing anything.