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Oil Usage Still a Problem with Modern Engines

Here’s the truth: oil usage has pretty much always been a problem.
Thinking back to the old days, a gas station would wash your window and check your oil levels, among other things.  If you had low oil levels, they offered to top it off.
Now fast forward to the 70’s through 90’s.  With drivers changing their oil every 3,000 miles and not really checking oil levels often, this did not cause a major issue when they were down a quart or quart and a half. If you were not checking your oil, you did not know it was low, so never realized you had an issue. General oil usage advice says that if a car does not use more than a quart per 1,000 miles, things are considered normal. Back in the 90’s when this advice was issued, it did not sit well with most consumers, but it was pretty much standard policy with all automakers.
Now today we have oil change intervals that are much longer, from 5,000 miles with normal being 7,500 to 10,000 miles. Others are even longer. So you can imagine if you are using a quart per 1,000 miles, you are consuming a lot of oil in between oil changes, or even running the engine on the dry side. Recent research shows that if you are towing or using the vehicle in what is considered heavy duty service (which applies a lot of us), you are consuming a quart at 750 miles or even 500 miles for some vehicles. With all of that said, there are other factors actually causing an increase of oil usage in newer engines.
For the most part, today‘s engines are made much better than before – but they are using more oil.  A few of the common reasons are thinner motor oil, synthetic oil (still a big debate if this actually causes leaks but seems to), lighter-weight engine components, low tension piston rings to reduce friction, more power out of smaller hotter running engines with power adders like turbocharging and supercharging. And sometimes, it’s just a manufacturing defect/design issue.
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Our Bar’s Leaks Valve Seal Oil Consumption Repair can help with many of these issues except (for the most part) manufacturing design defects.
Smaller, hotter-running engines are causing valve stem seals to fail, and this is a big issue that we hear about every week.  Plus most modern engines have twice as many valves per cylinder — 4 instead of 2 — than older engines, which makes the oil usage problem even worse.  And with low-tension rings, any type of carbon or gunk on the rings will make them stick, which can cause oil burning. Bar’s Leaks Valve Seal Oil Consumption Repair has a really good detergent package plus other very proven, reliable ingredients that clean up rings and piston grooves.  The product’s viscosity modifier and tackifier helps keep oil from going by piston rings, pistons, and valve seals while making the motor oil a little thicker. And the product works in all cars, so it’s a universal solution to a common problem.
Have questions? Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help you out.

Fixing Your Blown or Leaking Head Gasket in One Affordable Easy Step

Fixing Your Blown or Leaking Head Gasket

Most blown head gaskets can be properly fixed without a mechanic. There is a point where the damage is too great and you will need the expertise of a professional to replace the gasket, but many leaks in a head gasket can be taken care of with one of our products. You’ll need to determine what level of chemical sealant is required from our three formulations that address head gasket leaks:

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Don’t Throw That Old Floor Jack Away!

Can Bar’s Leaks products save you money? If by ‘saving money’ you mean preventing your spouse from throwing away a perfectly repairable floor jack, yes!

We received the following letter (plus receipt and product label) from Jeannine L. from Bronson, TX. Long story short: her husband threw away an older hydraulic floor jack because it would work properly any more. Jeannine, after researching Bar’s Leaks products on YouTube, used Bar’s Leaks Jack Oil with Stop Leak on their bigger floor jack and repaired it perfectly. Hydraulics restored, full function, all leaks stopped – and this one didn’t get thrown away!

Thanks Jeannine for taking the time to write us. Glad we could help save your floor jack’s life.

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Will Bar’s Leaks Head Gasket Products Fix Your Head Gasket Leak?

By far the number one question we get on our tech lines and Facebook is:

“How can I tell if your head gasket products will fix my head gasket leak? I’ve heard some of these products don’t work.”

First off, if you haven’t read our Buyer’s Guide on choosing the right head gasket repair solution, you might find that helpful when it comes to deciding which of our products is best suited for you, your technical expertise level and your particular problem.

There is one ultimate truth, no matter what any chemical tool vendor tells you: if your head gasket leak is too serious, no chemical tool will seal the leak. None. Zip. Zero. We’d love to tell you otherwise, but we’d be lying. If your leak is severe, then you’re looking at a physical repair. That’s the reality. It’s a bummer, we know.

But there are many shades of gray between a perfectly healthy head gasket and one that needs a physical repair, and that’s where we come in.

So, here’s how to tell if your head gasket leak is a candidate for one of our head gasket repair solutions:

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Can your car run or be driven for 15 minutes without overheating?

First, the bad news: if your vehicle cannot run for 15 mintues without overheating, your leak is probably too severe to be chemically sealed. In cases like this, there is less than a 50% chance we can help.

But if your vehicle can run for 15 minutes without overheating, then our strongest product, Bar’s Leaks Professional Head Seal Blown Head Gasket Repair (p/n HG-1) will likely work. HG-1 is our most expensive product, one that’s truly pro-grade, but it’s also our strongest formula, designed for the toughest leaks. It’s also very convenient and easy to install, with no draining or flushing necessary unless the cooling system is dirty or partially clogged or if you need to drain some coolant out to get the proper dosage in.

But wait. Before you decide on our HG-1 product, there is another question:

Can your car run or be driven for 20 minutes without overheating?

If so, then you are likely a candidate for our Bar’s Leaks Head Gasket Fix (p/n 1111), one of our most wildly popular products. Why is it popular? It has a medium price point and is very easy to install because it’s antifreeze-compatible.  Its sealing strength is a bit below our HG-1 product, but the installation is quick and easy. For most mild to moderate HG leaks, this product has worked wonders for tens of thousands of customers.

If you want a cheaper, but also strong product whose installation is a bit more involved, our Bar’s Leaks Head Gasket Repair (p/n 1100) is a great option. It offers a very strong seal, (though not as strong as our HG-1) lower price, but installation is more demanding because the formula is not compatible with antifreeze.

So, in a nutshell, this is how you can tell if one of our products will be able to help with with your head gasket leak:

  • If your vehicle can run for 15 minutes without overheating and you need our most professional-grade solution, consider our HG-1 product.
  • If your vehicle can run for 20 minutes without overheating, consider our 1111 product or 1100 product, depending on how easy you want the installation to be.
  • Bottom line that most chemical seal vendors won’t tell you: If your vehicle overheats within 15 minutes, chances are you need a physical repair by a licensed facility/mechanic. We’d love to be able to sell you a product, but if your car is overheating rapidly, no chemical fix will work. It’s not just ours that probably won’t work, but any. Save your money for a mechanic’s attention.

If you want to chat about this further, contact us at 800-345-6572 x204 (ask for Fred) or drop us an email at ‘support @barsleaks.com’. Or, you could always hit us up on Facebook. We do our best to respond as quickly as possible.

Buyer’s Guide: Preparing Your Car For Colder Temperatures (Especially Your Radiator)

By far the number one question we get this time of year is, “What can I do to prepare my car for winter?” We know other companies run promotions around this, but the purpose of this article isn’t to advertise to you. It’s to help you prepare your car for cooler weather based on the decades of data we have about what goes wrong when temperatures drop.

There are three main things you need to do to winterize your car. These things serve as a very effective insurance policy against breakdowns, overheating and other temperature-related car problems.

  1. Full radiator flush — help clean and prepare your radiator for cold weather. Your radiator is the heart of your car during fall and winter. Because of this, it’s good to remember the old cliché: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
  2. Pay attention to your water pump — before temperatures get too ugly, take a step to protect this critical part and prevent the formation of rust and corrosion.
  3. Take a proactive measure against leaks in your radiator. The worst time to find out you have a major leak is on your drive into work on a bitter winter morning, so take a simple step to nip leaks before they start.

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We recommend you begin with our Bar’s Leaks Radiator 10 Minute Flush (p/n 1211), which is a simple and very affordable way to ensure your radiator is clean and in top condition. It’s compatible with all automotive cooling systems. It’s safe to use on aluminum and plastic radiators. And it is best used when performing a normal cooling system service, like an antifreeze flush and fill (which is another good idea before the cold weather starts).

 

PROTECT YOUR WATER PUMP

1311 PNGBar’s Leaks Cooling System Water Pump Lube with Anti-Rust (p/n 1311). This product protects aluminum, copper, iron and all other parts of the cooling system to help prevent the formation of rust and corrosion. In addition, the water-soluble oil formula lubricates the thermostat and the water pump seal, giving you broad protection against failure. It also lubricates the thermostat, another important (and often overlooked) part of your cooling system.

Not many people think about their water pump as part of a winterization schedule — until it’s too late.

TAKE CARE OF ANY RADIATOR LEAKS BEFORE COLD WEATHER MAKES THEM WORSE

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If you have even the smallest leak in your radiator, now’s the time to squash it. Our Bar’s Leaks Cooling System Repair (p/n 1150) is not only designed to stop any leaks you might have, but also condition and protect your system against future breakdowns. In our experience, for many vehicles this is your last chance before paying an expensive repair bill or replacing the vehicle.

 

IF YOU OPERATE A SNOW PLOW…

Don’t ignore one of our most popular winter products to help keep your snow plow in top condition: our Bar’s Leaks Jack Oil with Stop Leak (p/n HJ12). Compatible with all snow plow fluids, this formula helps prevent leaks and
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Your plow is a money-maker during the winter months. Don’t find yourself missing billable days because your plow is inoperable. Take one simple, affordable step to make sure your plow is reliable as you need it to be when the snow starts falling.

If you have any questions about any of these products and how to use them, please email our support team or hit us up on Facebook. We’re always happy to help.

Thanks for reading. Hopefully, you and your car enter the colder months knowing you have a few good insurance measures against winter breakdowns in place.