Archive for: 2018

Four Things Every Driver Should Know About Motor Oil

Many of us hop in our cars in the morning, start them up and drive off without giving much thought to our motor oil. However, oil plays a critical function in lubricating your engine to avoid mechanical damage and wear. There are four things every driver should know about their motor oil, which will help you appreciate just how important it is to check it regularly and perform regular oil changes. You don’t need to have a lubrication engineer’s knowledge, but some basic groundwork information goes a long way.
Why You Need to Be Concerned With Your Motor Oil
Keep these four motor oil points in mind:

Not all oils are created equal: There is a big difference in the quality of different engine oils. It really…

Posted in: Oil

How Engine Oil Works

Most of us know that oil “lubricates” our engine, but do we really know what that means? Knowing a bit about how engine oil works can give you a greater appreciation for the importance of regular oil changes and maintaining the correct quality and level of oil in your vehicle. Remember, maintenance beats repair every time.

However, if it comes down to a leak repair, we have a wide range of engine oil products that help seal leaks, repair gaskets, reduce smoking and cure a number of other engine oil-related problems. Take a moment to learn how engine oil works under your hood – it’s an easy, non-technical lesson. Promise!

How Oil Flows Through an Engine
When your engine is off, your motor oil accumulates in your…

Posted in: Engine, Oil

Synthetic Oil vs. Conventional Oil

There are two major types of engine oils: synthetic oils and conventional (also called regular) oils. Blended oils, a mixture of the two, are also available, but they are less common. These oils are known as synthetic blends.

Today, though, we wanted to talk about the major differences between synthetic and conventional oils. While either oil can be used in most vehicles, there are some applications where one is preferred over the other. Our Bar’s Leaks customer support team members are experts in engine fluids, and we wanted to share some of these important differences so that you can make the right choice for your car, truck, van or SUV.
Synthetic Oil
The molecules in synthetic oil are engineered to give the best mix of lubrication, protection, performance…

Posted in: Engine, Oil

5 Things We Do To Destroy Our Engines And How To Stop Doing So

Here’s the bad news: without even realizing it, you’re likely doing damage to your engine every time you drive it. There are a few things all of us do that reduce the performance and reliability of our engines and can destroy them over time. Be aware of the top five things we do that should be avoided:

Lack of fluids: Letting our engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid and other fluid levels drop below the minimum levels is a common problem. It only takes a moment to check and top-off your fluids, so take care of your fluid levels on a regular basis to avoid fluid starvation, overheating, insufficient lubrication and more. Obviously, the number one culprit here is leaks, and we have all sorts of…

4 Little Known Facts That Can Boost Your Fuel Economy

While there are some commonly known ways to get better fuel economy — use a higher grade of fuel, a clean air filter, new plugs and wires, etc. — there are several other lesser-known facts that can help improve your fuel mileage, if even a little bit. If changing your vehicle to a newer, more fuel-efficient model isn’t an option, consider these simple methods of obtaining better fuel economy:

Remove dead weight: This is the biggie – no pun intended (well, maybe a little). Carrying around extra weight you don’t need in your trunk and car really cuts into your fuel economy. That is why most modern cars don’t have a spare tire and instead include a tire repair kit and lightweight inflator. Consider removing…

Posted in: Fuel System