My first experience: i slept on the road…

I slept on the road. Yes, you caught that right. Now, for most male folks, its no big deal but for me, a female with a blown head gasket in an unknown village, no mobile network and the only car part spare shop in the entire community had closed for the day. I was told he won’t open his door til 10 am the following morning. Crying seems the best option at that moment because there was no way i was driving that car to incur more damages or expenses. Then the worst happened, no guest house in the area and so left with sleeping inside the car with the companionship of mosquitoes and nature’s melody.
The villagers did offer their huts but if you are like me, who finds it difficult to sleep in a new environment on the first night, then you’d understand I could not accept that offer.

All these would have be best avoided if i had taken prevention against a blown head gasket.

The head gasket is in between your engine block and your cylinder head.  This forms part of the combustion chamber and allows coolant to flow outside of the combustion chamber between the engine block and cylinder head. If subjected to high pressures and extreme temperature fluctuations, it ends up causing a blown head gasket.
Causes? Pre-ignition, an abnormally high compression ratio, or high intake manifold pressure or inducement.  You can prevent pre-ignition or knocking by making sure your car has a clean fuel system.


Excessive temperature: Head gaskets are designed to withstand the normal operating temperatures of your engine including the high temperatures of combustion. Once temperatures climb much above normal, it can damage the head gasket, the engine block or the head.  Picture a metal expanding, High temperature can cause the metal parts in your engine to expand and contract at different rates which can cause the pieces to shift in relationship to each other and cause leaks in your head gasket.

So the best way to avoid excessive heat in your engine is to keep your cooling system functioning properly and keep a careful eye on your temperature gauge during heavy engine load.

Have a nice day folks.

2 thoughts on “My first experience: i slept on the road…

    1. The article was based on one of Kemi’s experiences, so I told it the way she narrated it.

      I would give a detailed description on how to change your gasket, though it differs slightly from car to car. The same general idea applies to generators and boats too, all I.C. engines of the reciprocating nature.


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