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Can I Still Drive My Car with a Power Steering Leak?

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Before driving your car with any sort of fluid leak, it’s critical to understand the possible consequences. While some small leaks aren’t a concern, some fluid leaks can quickly create damage to your car that can require costly repair or replacement.

When it comes to leaking power steering fluid, in certain cases you can continue to drive until you can repair the leak and replace the fluid, but you need to pay close attention. We have put together this list of guidelines to help you avoid damage and get your power steering leak fixed quickly and affordably.

What Can Happen?

While a small power steering fluid leak won’t put your car off the road, it is very important to treat your leak quickly. There are several reasons for this: Read More

How to Fix a Power Steering Fluid Leak

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Anyone with a bit of automotive experience knows the shrill whine of a sick power steering pump. When your power steering fluid level gets low because of a leak, your power steering pump quickly lets you know. Running a power steering pump without oil can quickly cause damage, so it’s important to react quickly, repair any leaks and fill it with fluid again.

Thankfully, with the help of Bar’s Leaks, repairing a power steering fluid leak is quick, easy and affordable. We’ve put together a list of the steps to take to take care of your power steering leak and avoid that terrible power steering pump whine, especially after your car has been sitting for a while (this is known as “morning sickness”).

Act Fast

The key to every automotive fluid leak is to act quickly. Don’t wait until all your power steering fluid leaks out to intervene. In general practice, it is a good idea to check all your fluid levels on a regular basis and before every long trip. It only takes a moment to inspect your power steering fluid circuit: Read More

How to Fix a Radiator Leak Quickly

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If you’ve ever gone out to start your car and seen a puddle of coolant underneath, you know what a hassle it is. When your engine coolant has leaked out, it’s important not to start your engine. You risk overheating and causing major damage. Thankfully, there is a fast, easy and reliable solution: Bar’s Leaks coolant system repair products.

As with all under-the-hood leaks, it’s important to react as soon as you detect a coolant leak. At the first sign of leaking coolant or low coolant levels, think about addressing the problem before it becomes a major one. We suggest you follow a few simple steps to fix your radiator leak quickly and get back on the road: Read More

What Causes a Car Radiator Leak?

Your radiator is responsible for cooling your engine and keeping it running at the proper temperature. A leak in your radiator not only creates a risk for overheating and engine damage, but it also creates a potential risk of engine fire. It’s important to do occasional checks of your radiator and cooling system to address any leaks as soon as you detect them.

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Where Radiator Leaks Can Occur

There are several possible locations and causes of radiator leaks:

  • The radiator core itself. Most automotive radiators consist of long tubes welded into a header, with tanks at either end and fins between the tubes for air cooling. Modern radiator cores are typically made from aluminum, but older vehicles may feature copper. Thermal expansion, vibrations, impacts and corrosion can all degrade a radiator, and eventually cause leaks.
  • The radiator tanks are another potential source of coolant leaks. Depending on the construction of your radiator, your tanks could be directly welded to the radiator core or be crimped plastic tanks that make use of a rubber gasket. In all cases, cracks can allow coolant to escape. It can be difficult to inspect your tanks, as most radiators are difficult to access from under the hood of your vehicle.
  • Your radiator hoses, tubes and filler neck can leak as well. Rubber radiator hoses are susceptible to getting dry and cracked, especially on older cars or ones that sit for a long time without being used. Clamps and clips can wear out over time, and they might allow leaks where the hoses attach to your radiator. Your radiator cap needs to be inspected from time to time, as the spring can weaken and allow coolant to leak.

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Why Does My Engine Oil Leak?

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The truth is an engine can leak oil for many different reasons. Knowing why your engine is leaking can help you find the best solutions to stop your leaks. It can also help diagnose the underlying problems and help avoid major damage and costly repairs down the road. We’ve put together a list of possible causes of engine oil leaks to help you determine where your leak is coming from and how to treat it.

Different Leak Locations

Engine oil can leak from different parts of your engine. The most common leak locations include: Read More