Just about every engine ever produced comes with some kind of head gasket. These types of head gaskets must operate reliably under extreme circumstances to help combustion gases, water and as well as oil from escaping their chambers. However, when combustion pressure and also compression ratios increase, a normal head gasket is probably not capable of maintaining a good solid leak-free sealant.
The actual composition of your head gasket has an effect on the capability to seal the actual combustion chamber of your engine. Therefore, you can find many different kind of head gaskets, for various applications, on the market these days.
If you want to buy a new head gasket you have to be careful
Timeline of the types of head gaskets
This timeline gives an overview of the different types of head gaskets and their materials used through the years:
- Before 1950: Copper Head Gaskets and Brass Head Gaskets
- 1950: Asbestos/steel gaskets
- 1980: Composite metal and impregnated fiber or graphite composites
- 1990: Multi-Layer-Steel gasket (MLS)
You can also find some useful information about Head Gasket types and the most common Head Gasket problems at the Head Gasket Wiki page.