Archive for: 2019

Tech Tip: Look and Listen to Spot Power Steering Fluid Leaks 

Know the symptoms and you’re on your way to a quick, effective and easy solution
Like any fluid under the hood, power steering fluid should be at the right level to function properly, prevent damage to the pump and other components, and maintain safe vehicle operation.

You can save big repair bills and stay safer on the road by knowing a few common symptoms of a power steering fluid leak:

Noisy steering. If the power steering is making a lot of noise, especially when the vehicle is moving slowly, like in a parking lot, it’s time to check the fluid level in the power steering reservoir. Older cars are especially susceptible to ‘power steering squeal’ when the fluid level gets low. The noise can vary from an occasional…

And the Winner of the Keep My Ride Alive $10,000 Sweepstakes Is…

Illinois man wins big after sharing how products kept 1983 Mercury Lynx going

Bar’s Leaks customers from all over America responded to our $10,000 question last year as part of the Bar’s Leaks “Keep My Ride Alive” $10,000 sweepstakes. One of the more than 570,000 entries came from Mark S. from Waterloo, IL, who will begin the new year with a little extra money in his pocket after being selected as the contest winner.

We recently presented  Mark with a $10,000 check at the Waterloo, IL O’Reilly Auto Parts store where he purchases his Bar’s Leaks products. Check out a video of the presentation — which didn’t go quite the way Bobby J, our brand ambassador and technical support…

Common Causes for an Overheating Vehicle

Anyone who has ever suffered an overheating vehicle knows what a hassle it is. Not only can an overheating car, truck, van or SUV leave you stranded, but the tow and repair bills can add up quickly. There are several potential reasons for an overheating engine, and in many cases, you can have several of these problems at the same time:

Low coolant level: This issue is easy to verify and correct. We suggest checking your coolant level before every major trip, especially in the summer, and at least once a month for normal driving. If your coolant level drops below the minimum level, your engine can quickly overheat.
Coolant issues: Your vehicle is designed to run on a specific type and blend of coolant. If…

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The Environmental Consequences of Automated Fluid Leaks

When you have an automotive fluid leak, you’re likely aware of the problems it causes to your vehicle. Low fluid levels — be it engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid or any other fluid — can create major problems and force your vehicle off the road (and put some hurt on your wallet). If these fluid levels are low because of leaks in your lines, gaskets and fittings, there’s another problem to worry about: environmental damage.

Effects of Automotive Fluid Leaks on the Environment
Oil and coolant leaks not only cause unattractive stains on our driveways, parking lots and roads, but they can also seep into the ground and pollute waterways. It’s important to understand the consequences of motor oil, coolant and other fluid pollution and seal…