Valve Seal Oil Consumption Repair (VS-1)
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I have a 1999 Toyota Solara with over 200K miles. Approximately 6 months prior to purchasing this product the check engine light came on. The dealer recommended replacement of the EGR valve. A few months later the check engine light came on again. After having the car sit overnight, a puff of smoke would be seen out of the exhaust in the morning but would not be seen on subsequent starts later in the day. The car was returned to the dealer to stated that the car required a new catalytic converter costing $3,000. I started adding fuel injector and combustion chamber cleaner at every fill up but the puffs of smoke continued. A week after adding Bar's Leaks Valve Seal Oil Consumption Repair, the puff of smoke has stopped. Prior to using this product, oil changes were scheduled close to recommended intervals and the car would use 1-2 quarts of oil between changes. This product worked for me. Thanks for reading. - V.S. - Woodbridge, VA
- What is a valve seal?
The simple answer is:
A seal that fits around the valve stem and valve guide to prevent oil leakage.
The more detailed answer is:
A valve guide seal, also known as a valve stem seal or valve seal, is located on the engine cylinder head inside of the valve springs. An automotive engine can have as few as 8 valves seals, or up to 32. These are located on the intake and exhaust valves and have a pretty difficult job, as they need to allow some oil to pass (so that the valve stem and guide receive lubrication), but need to prevent larger amounts of oil from entering into the combustion chamber to be burned. When too much oil is burned the vehicle will consume oil, emit blue exhaust smoke and cause valve carbon build up. This is bad for the environment, and also the emission system on the vehicle.
- What are the symptoms of a valve seal leak?
Depending on the severity of the leak the first thing you may notice is the engine oil level decreasing. There may be bluish (blue and/or gray) smoke coming from the tailpipe upon starting the vehicle, more noticeably after it has been sitting a while, like overnight.
- What causes the valve seal to leak?
The most common cause of valve seal leaks is age and/or high mileage. The seal can also leak due to the vehicle being stored for an extended period of time. Extended storage in particular causes drying and hardening of the seal which leads to shrinking and cracking, and consequently leaking.
- What other factors can contribute to a valve seal leak?
A few things can cause a valve seal to leak that is not the fault of the seal itself. The number one factor would be clogged oil drain back returns in the head. These are passages that allow the oil that has been pumped under pressure to the cylinder head for lubrication, to be returned by gravity back into the oil pan. If these passages become partially clogged, oil will fill under the valve cover, actually submerging or flooding the valve seals in oil, and they were not designed to work this way. The usual solution for this is removing the valve cover(s) and running a wire down the return holes to clean them out. This is labor-intensive and expensive.
- How does Bar’s Leaks Valve Seal Oil Consumption Repair work?
This product works in two ways to help solve most any valve seal type leak.
1) A specially-engineered seal restorer additive restores valve seal size, flexibility and elasticity lost due to engine heat, age and high mileage.
2) An advanced seal polymer works by building a polymeric film around the valve seal to help prevent excess oil from bypassing the seal during normal engine operation.
- What types of valve seals will Bar’s Leaks Valve Seal fix?
Because of the Bar’s Leaks multi-action formula, the solution has a custom additive package to work on any type of valve seals, no matter the type or material.
- What are the different materials and types of valve seals?
– Umbrella (Deflector)
*Ring and Band
*Ring and Spring
– Nitrile (NBR or Buna N)
– Polyacrylate (PA)
– Viton (Fluoroelastomer)
- Do I need to use Bar’s Leaks Valve Seal Oil Consumption Repair with every oil change?
In most cases the valve seal issue will be repaired with a single dosage. But for best results and to prevent the problems from reoccurring, use with every oil change.
- Will Bar’s Leaks Valve Seal clog my oil filter?
No. Bar’s Leaks Valve Seal has no particles to plug the leak. Instead, its technology relies on special polymers and seal conditioners to stop valve seal leaks permanently.
Have you noticed that your car is consuming oil? It might be leaking oil, or even burning it in small amounts that you can’t detect. Perhaps a dashboard light has illuminated to let you know there’s an oil problem, or maybe you’ve noticed you need to top off your oil in between oil changes. Either way, these early warning signs can cause stress as you think about the time and cost required to fix them.
There’s no need to worry or spend your money on a costly repair bill, however. Our Bar’s Leaks Professional Valve Seal Oil Consumption Repair quickly and safely restores valve seals so you can get back on the road and back to your life. At Bar’s Leaks, we specialize in creating chemical repair solutions for valve seal leaks and issues related to cooling systems, transmissions, power steering and other important vehicle components. Our oil stop leak solutions are fast, easy and far more affordable than visiting a mechanic.
The most common causes of valve seal leaks are age and high mileage. The seal can also leak due to the vehicle being stored for an extended period. Extended storage causes drying and hardening of the seal, which leads to shrinking and cracking, and consequently leaking. Use Bar’s Leaks Valve Seal Oil Consumption Repair to reverse aging damage and stop oil consumption dead in its tracks. Not to mention, it works with ALL gasoline and diesel engines using conventional, high mileage and synthetic oil.
Our philosophy is to create usable solutions that everyday drivers can apply in order to get back on the road and save money. That’s how our valve seal repair formula came to be, and it’s this philosophy that drives our team of top notch chemical engineers to innovate each day. When we work on a product to repair valve seal leaks, we want that product to be easy to use and easy to buy for all drivers — not just gear heads and others with special automotive expertise. Each Bar’s Leaks product is designed to fit into your lifestyle and budget.
With over 100 million products sold, you can trust that Bar’s Leaks formulas are the fastest, safest way to get your show back on the road — and we’ve been proving that since 1947.
Bar’s Leaks: Effective, American-Made Products
Bar’s Leaks is headquartered just an hour outside of Detroit, the automotive capital of the world. At our headquarters, we’re working around the clock to improve and perfect existing products and to develop new chemical repair solutions that keep pace with auto manufacturers’ innovations and new technologies. While you’ll find plenty of products that claim to be oil stop leak solutions, you won’t find an alternative as effective and affordable as Bar’s Leaks’ valve seal repair. When you want a solution that gets you back on the road again as quickly and affordably as possible, trust the industry leader. Trust Bar’s Leaks.
“I have a 1999 Toyota Solara with over 200K miles. Approximately 6 months prior to purchasing this product the check engine light came on. The dealer recommended replacement of the EGR valve. A few months later the check engine light came on again. After having the car sit overnight, a puff of smoke would be seen out of the exhaust in the morning but would not be seen on subsequent starts later in the day. The car was returned to the dealer to stated that the car required a new catalytic converter costing $3,000. I started adding fuel injector and combustion chamber cleaner at every fill up but the puffs of smoke continued. A week after adding Bar's Leaks Valve Seal Oil Consumption Repair, the puff of smoke has stopped. Prior to using this product, oil changes were scheduled close to recommended intervals and the car would use 1-2 quarts of oil between changes. This product worked for me. Thanks for reading.”
“My car is a 99 Saturn. I've driven this car from 110,000 miles when I purchased it and been using another product to keep running the only thing that was failing were my valve seals, which led to me using oil every month. The first time I used Bar's Leaks Valve Seal Repair I was totally blown away by the results my car received - not only did the blue smoke stop but the car runs different. I feel more relaxed knowing Bar's Leaks made my car recover from its leaks. I am getting a little better gas mileage and a smoother running engine. Your product gave back my car's life and I am now able to drive worry-free - something that I haven't felt in a long time. Thanks much!”
“Used this product on a 2001 Mazda protégé ES (140,000 miles). It was smoking very badly in the morning at start-up. Prime evidence of leaking valve stem seals. After one week of using VS-1 the smoke completely stopped and, after 2,500 miles, still no smoke. I am very leery about additives but this one really worked and saved me $1K or more. Highly recommended, in my case this worked excellent.”