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Let’s Talk About Chemical Additive Myths

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: a chemical additive (stop leak) doesn’t work, it clogs up your cooling system, and it actually makes your problem worse. It’s a waste of money.

Sound familiar?

Every day, we talk to customers who are reluctant to use another chemical fix because they’ve been burned in the past. They have every reason to doubt: many chemical fix products are more marketing than engineering. Too often, they don’t work as promised.

What’s a company who makes products that have been working since 1947 to do?

The hard truth is that the market for chemical fixes is not unlike other markets: there are good products, products you’d describe as mediocre, and products that do little or nothing to help the customer.

Unfortunately, the reputation of good products gets taken along for the ride when lesser products prove to be disappointments.

Our products have been around since 1947 and have since become the premium brand of chemical stop-leaks solutions and engine/oil/fuel treatments. Our formulations get used in fleet, military, industrial and dozens of other specialty  applications. Today, many automakers use our products in their assembly operations as OEM treatments. In August of 1958, Bar’s Leaks even helped William R. Anderson’s famous USS Nautilus nuclear submarine complete its historic journey under the North Pole arctic ice when it developed an internal powertrain leak.USS_Nautilus_SSN571

Here are some common chemical fix myths dispelled:

I’ve been told stop leak products will clog up my radiator and cooling system, and could even make my problem worse.

Regarding claims that stop leak products will ‘clog up’ your system or exacerbate the problem, they’re positively not true – for our products. However, the reality is that many folks use other brands and encounter problems, and we suffer their reputation. If you check out our product testimonials, you’ll realize our products are of a much higher grade than some of the others in the market. Our Bar’s Leaks Liquid Aluminum Cooling System Stop Leak (p/n 1186), Radiator Stop Leak 2X Concentrate (p/n 1194) and Liquid Copper Block Seal (p/n 1109), represent the very best and safest chemical solutions for your cooling system. Our engineering guarantees it.

I’ve been told chemical fixes can’t seal my leak and that I need a hard repair.

No chemical solution can repair all leaks. In some cases, the leak may be severe and require a hard fix by an authorized mechanic. Still, we invite our customers to contact us if they have any doubt about our products’ performance or need help in choosing what product will work best for them. You can use our simple 3 Minute Mechanic if you want help in finding the right product for you, or find us on Facebook if you have more specific questions. We’re always happy to help.

Can a chemical fix really repair a blown head gasket?

Yes and no. Let’s take the no side first: if you have a severely warped head, broken head bolts, or a large leak, then no chemical solution will be able to solve your problem. Unfortunately, you need a hard fix.

For mild to moderate leaks – including minor head warping issues – yes, we can help. Our award-winning head gasket repair product is formulated with various fiber types (carbon fiber, aramid, refractory, etc.) which we grind and engineer to exact specifications in our labs. Fibers of the correct type and length are critical to repair high-pressure leaks. If you were building a bridge, you wouldn’t dream of doing it without using rebar. In chemical head gasket repair products, fibers are the rebar.

If your vehicle has its cooling system at proper level and the vehicle can run 15 minutes or more without overheating, Bar’s Leaks can help seal your head gasket leak.

Bar’s Leaks. The fastest, safest way to get the show back on the road. Guaranteed.

This Makes Coming Into the Office Awesome

Just received this email from Timothy W., from Traverse City MI. He writes:

I don’t normally do this, but I’ve found an AMERICAN company whose products actually work, and work WELL!!! So I had to write to thank you for your hard work and integrity in a world filled with automotive charlatans and snake-oil marketing.

Main seal leak stop saved my tractor. Oil leak stop saved my aging Subaru. Rislone keeps all my engines running clean and quiet, even with several hundred thousand miles! And Bar’s Leaks has saved several radiators and heat exchangers. In a day and age where money does not go very far, your products help the average joe to keep a leg up, and repairs down, on a consistant basis!! I couldn’t have kept three cars going through Northern Michigan’s brutal seasons, while putting a kid through college without some help, and that came through in the form of several Bar’s Products. Thank you folks, for your excellent products, and for keeping it simple, non-corporate, and integrity-based. Proud to be a fellow Michigander (Traverse City). Keep up the good work. You’ve got a devoted customer and free word-of-mouth advertising for life.

Sincerely, Tim W.

Tim, you rock for taking the time to send that to us. Believe us when we say your note got passed around to everyone, including the President and managment stuff.

Thanks again, Tim!

“Rarely does any product work as intended, but yours absolutely does!”

Richard from Black Canyon City, AZ, just sent us this awesome testimonial about our Bar’s Leaks Liquid Copper Block Seal Intake & Radiator Stop Leak (part 1109). This is what he writes: 1109 PNG

Last year I bought a ’96 Mustang GT, knowing at the time the head gasket was going out soon (180k at the time I bought it and a noticeable “loss” of coolant each week).

As-is, the car ran OK for about 6-months, but I still hadn’t found the time to get the repair done. Last month it overheated twice on my commute to work, so I picked up a bottle of your Liquid Copper and decided to try it (trying to buy a little more time before I had to overhaul the engine). To my surprise (I’ve tried other products on vehicles in the past, each one doing more damage than good) your product immediately smoothed out the idle and eliminated the coolant loss! The leak is between the #2 and #3 cylinders (these fouled out minutes after changing the plugs) and I was losing about 2 gallons a day prior to treating my car with your product!!

You’ve got a customer for life because the product actually worked as suggested! Rarely does any product work as intended, but yours absolutely does! I want to thank you guys for creating such a great product! Because your product has worked beyond my own expectations, I’ve got time to save and prepare for a proper overhaul on my Mustang!

Richard, thanks a million for taking the time to tell us about your experience. The #1 issue we combat every day is to prove our solutions are a cut above everything else out there, because as you write, not all are created equal.

Thanks again, and send a picture of your Mustang along and we’ll get it posted!

What Does Ice Have to Do With Head Gaskets?

Check out the video below. In it, Nat Geo TV host Tim Shaw challenges ice experts to predict which ice block will be most resistant to being broken with a sledgehammer: one made of plain ice, one with steel in it, one with sand and one with cotton balls.

Did you watch the whole thing? Were you surprised that the one with cotton balls was the strongest?

It’s because the cotton strands act as fibers that hold the ice together, much like rebar keeps holds road concrete together.

Okay, fine, but what does this have to do with head gaskets?

Our strongest head gasket product, Bar’s Leaks Head Gasket & Cooling Sealant (part HG-1), uses carbon fibers to help form the seal. That’s the reason why this product is the strongest we’ve ever developed, and vastly stronger than competing products.

Products that do not use this technology are like a plain block of ice: brittle, and once the seal gets compromised at all, the entire thing fails.

With fibers, even if the seal comes under immense amounts of pressure, the bond holds, because the tension of the seal is maintained by the fibers inside.

Choose your head gasket repair product carefully. Not all are created equal, and the science behind them isn’t the same.

Bar’s Leaks and the Historic 1958 USS Nautilus Mission

Wade A. from North Carolina has a keen eye while reading: in the book “Nautilus 90  North,” he noticed that the stop leak Commander Anderson used in the 1958 Nautilus submarine voyage under the Arctic ice cap was the same stuff you can buy in stores for your car.

Yes, you read that right: Bar’s Leaks was used successfully in a historic nuclear submarine voyage under the North Pole ice. We talk about it more in-depth on our company history page here.

Most people aren’t aware of this, so hats off to Wade for drawing the connection, and taking the time to write us a letter and send us a copy of the book “Nautilus 90 North.” (See photo below.)

Our customers are the best anywhere. Period. Thanks to all of you who make this business so worthwhile.

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