Archive for: 2018

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

3 Things You Might Not Know About Engine Oil

You might count on engine oil every day to keep your vehicle’s engine running smoothly, but how much do you know about automotive oils? Our Bar’s Leaks experts have put together a list of the three things you might not know about engine oil so that you can better appreciate why keeping your oil clean and topped up is important.

1. What Does Engine Oil Do?
Engine oil provides a layer of lubrication between moving metallic components, including your pistons, cylinders, rockers, valves and more. Metal-on-metal contact without oil generates huge amounts of heat and can quickly destroy an engine. Your engine oil also collects combustion deposits, which is why engine oil does not last forever and needs to be changed on a regular basis.
2. What Does…

Posted in: Engine, Oil

Winter Is Coming: Don’t Get Stranded (And Trust Us, It Happens)

When preparing vehicles for the cold, checking the cooling system is a must. Trust us – we hear about failed cooling systems as much in the winter as we do the summer.

In colder climates, most drivers are somewhat familiar with the basics of winterizing their vehicles: checking and changing wiper blades, changing over to snow tires (and checking tire pressure), testing the battery and putting a snow brush in the vehicle. But one thing many don’t always remember to do is check their cooling systems.

Cars that ran all summer on water or with minor coolant leaks are likely to leave their owners stranded when the weather turns bad. Before the weather gets nasty, take some simple…

5 Benefits of an Engine Flush

Most vehicle owners aren’t aware of the benefits of an engine flush. But in our business, a clean engine is critical when talking about installing chemical repair solutions. Dirt is the enemy. While a flush does not have to be performed with every oil change, an engine flush goes a long way to extending the life of your car. The complexity of car engines and the number of moving parts mean that any contamination or defect in lubrication can cause premature wear. Consider an engine flush during your next oil change to ‘reset’ your engine and start the counter at 0 again – it’s like a detox for your car.

What Is an Engine Flush, Anyway?
Note that we are talking about an engine flush in this blog…

Posted in: Engine, Oil

How to Pick the Right Motor Oil for Your Car

While there’s no problem simply choosing the engine oil recommended for your engine by the manufacturer, it’s a good idea to understand what you’re putting in your vehicle. Here at Bar’s leaks, we have spent nearly a century studying engine lubrication, performance and leaks. We’ve been formulating products to take care of leak-related problems for over 70 years. Get to know what engine oil is all about to ensure you’re making an informed choice when it comes time to change your oil.

What You Need to Know About Engine Oil
If no one has ever explained engine oil to you, here are a few of the most important points:

Understand the labels: Labels on bottles of engine…

Posted in: Engine, Oil