Gaskets: why Run Auto Parts recommends Victor Reinz

Gaskets: why Run Auto Parts recommends Victor Reinz

The best gasket brand on the market

In our opinion, the best brand of gaskets on the market is Victor Reinz.

Gaskets are an essential car part that are found in many of your vehicle’s major components, so using quality gasket products will ensure smooth and reliable running.

It’s a big call saying that Victor Reinz Gaskets are the best on the market, and it’s not just because we’re now an Australian supplier. We’ll tell you why, but first let’s understand the basics of a gasket.

What is a gasket?

Simply put, a gasket is a type of seal. It fills the space between two mating surfaces and is usually made from a flat material such as paper, rubber, silicone, metal, cork and felt.

What does a gasket do?

The most common function of a gasket in an automobile is to prevent leaks from or into the joined objects.

In a road vehicle, gaskets are used to seal fluids such as oil, coolant, transmission fluid and gases such as intake air and exhaust to prevent problems like a decrease in engine power, engine misfire, coolant leak, exhaust leak or engine overheating.

What parts of a car require a gasket?

One of the most common gaskets you’ll have heard people talk about is the head gasket. This is the gasket that sits between the engine block and cylinder heads, and its main job is to seal the cylinder against combustion pressure.

The gasket should achieve a water and air-tight seal, prevent oil and coolant leaks into the combustion chamber, and lets the fluids flow correctly between the block and the heads.

If it fails, it can mean an expensive repair as leaked or mixed fluids will cause damage to your engine.

While the gasket itself is relatively cheap to replace, the labour time required to fix the problem and damage to other parts of your engine can be costly.

Other common areas gaskets can be found in a motor vehicle include:

  • Cooling systems – water pump, thermostat and O-rings.
  • Engine - camshaft, crankshaft, sump gasket, rocker cover gasket.
  • Differential
  • Fuel supply
  • Transmission – selector rod seals, transmission pan gasket shaft seals
  • Exhaust - manifold gasket

How long does a gasket last?

Great question! If we knew how long a piece of string was, we could tell you how long a gasket lasts.

Like many parts on a vehicle, predicting how long a gasket will last depends on many factors including driving conditions, engine temperatures, vehicle maintenance, the material the gasket is made from and quality, and the component the gasket is used in.

A rocker cover gasket, for example, should last around 10 years but if your engine is losing power or the spark plugs are misfiring, this may be a sign your gasket needs urgent attention.

A gasket cannot be reused. If a component is disassembled, for example a valve cover is removed or a faulty water pump is replaced, a new gasket is required for the reassembly process. Generally, a gasket will last a very long time and should only need to be replaced when other work is done.

What is Victor Reinz?

Victor Reinz is an original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) and replacement part supplier that is owned by the American company Dana. Dana produces world-leading driveline, sealing, and thermal-management technologies.

Here is a short history of Victor Reinz:

In 1920, German Hugo Reinz launched a wholesale company dealing in railway and industrial products. When automobiles began gaining popularity, he quickly moved into the business of manufacturing gaskets, and by 1936 his products dominated the market.

The American Dana Corporation bought Reinz in 1993, and the gasket segment of Dana is now the world’s largest manufacturer of flat gaskets, having produced more than 1.5 billion to date.

Today, nearly all of the most popular brands and models of automobiles are equipped with Victor Reinz gaskets from new.

Why we recommend Victor Reinz gaskets?

Victor Reinz is one the oldest and most well-respected manufacturer of gaskets in the world – its why most new cars come fitted with their products.

Modern European engines place much higher demands on gaskets, but luckily the heat load oil and coolants can withstand has improved. The latest BMW N20 engines, such as the 2.0L four-cylinder powerplant F30 328i, operate with a 108 degree thermostat.

Because of the very high demands placed on the gasket, BMW relies exclusively on two manufacturers to supply gaskets for their engine plants. Victor Reinz is one of them.

Why? They:

  • Have an excellent range for most German and French vehicles.
  • Have comprehensive gasket kits covering all required components.
  • Use quality raw materials that guarantee longevity and make them far superior than any other brand on the market.

Installing a Victor Reinz gasket

Handy around a spanner? Installing Victor Reinz gaskets is something you can do yourself if you have a good understanding of mechanics.

Victor Reinz has a suite of ‘how to’ videos available on their YouTube channel, and to help get you started, we’ve selected a few of our favourites:

Gasket installation basics:

How to replace an intake manifold gasket:

How to replace a valve cover gasket:

Other Victor Reinz products Run Auto Parts sells?

Run Auto Parts sells other Victor Reinz products including sealants, oil seals, valve stem seals, turbocharger mounting kits, cylinder head bolts other gasket materials.

Two of our favourite sealant products from the Victor Reinz range are REINZOSIL and REINZOPLAST. They’re solvent-free and able to withstand high temperatures (which is great for Australian driving conditions). These sealants can often be used in place of a gasket, so check your manufacturers repair manual before doing any maintenance on your vehicle.

If we don’t have it in stock, we’ll order it for you.

See our full range of Victor Reinz products here