A cylinder head is usually located on the top of the engine block.

A cylinder head serves as a housing for components such as:

  • Intake and exhaust valves
  • Camshafts
  • Valve springs
  • Lifters

So, This page covers the main function and various designs of cylinder head, and their causes and symptoms of failure.

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Cylinder Heads
Cylinder Heads

A cylinder head is usually located on the top of the engine block. It serves as a housing for components such as the intake and exhaust valves, springs and lifters and the combustion chamber. This page covers the main function and various designs of cylinder heads, and their causes and symptoms of failure.

The passages in the cylinder head allow air and fuel to flow inside the cylinder while permitting the exhaust gases to flow out of it. The passages are otherwise called ports or tracts. The cylinder head also channels the coolant into the engine block, thereby cooling down the engine components. The cylinder head uses a gasket that aids in preventing water or oil from leaking into the combustion chambers.