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How to Identify an Oil Leak in Your Car

Over time, the seals and gaskets that keep your oil contained inside your car can start to leak. While a few drops of oil aren’t the end of the world, it is important to determine where your oil is leaking from and fix the problem. Most oil leaks will get worse as time goes on, and if enough oil leaks out, you can damage your engine.

Here at Bar’s Leaks, we have been perfecting our engine oil repair products for nearly a century. We can help you with fixing an oil leak without overhauling your engine and spending a lot of money. The key to successfully stopping a leak is catching the problem early, troubleshooting the oil leak and choosing the right solution.

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When Should I Replace My Transmission Fluid?

No matter which engine fluid you’re talking about, changing it at regular intervals is important (but all too often ignored). In the case of automatic transmission fluid, or ATF, clean fluid does a better job of lubricating moving parts and minimizing transmission internal wear. Fresh ATF also distributes heat better, extending the life of your transmission. It’s literally one of the hardest-working fluids in your vehicle.

If you’ve ever had to have your automatic transmission serviced, you know how costly it is. Transmissions are complex beasts. Modern automatic transmissions are incredibly advanced and include intricate valves and passages that route transmission fluid where it is needed. When your transmission fluid starts to break down, wear can create small particles and contamination that wear out your transmission gears.

You can greatly increase the length of transmission life by replacing your transmission fluid at the intervals suggested by your manufacturer – more if you are a heavy-duty driver who sees demanding conditions or a lot of stop-and-go commuting. For automatic transmissions, it is advisable to change your fluid every 30,000 miles — or sooner, under heavy-duty use. Manual transmission cars can run between 30,000 and 50,000 miles, depending on how you drive. As always, check your owner’s manual for specifics.

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Causes of Leaking Coolant or Antifreeze

Let’s be honest: any fluid leak in your vehicle is a problem. When fluid leaks out of your car and into the environment, it can cause your vehicle to run poorly or even suffer considerable damage if the leak is left unattended over time. Being able to recognize and determine the cause of a coolant or antifreeze leak can help you avoid major problems. Here at Bar’s Leaks, we have over 70 years of experience in the leak repair business and have developed award-winning products to stop many radiator and cooling system leaks. In fact, we are the #1 brand in the United States when it comes to solving automotive leaks without expensive hard-part physical repairs.

Check out the below list of common sources of coolant leaking and be ready to take action at the first sign of a leak under your vehicle.

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Do It Yourself: Repairing a Car Oil Leak at Home

Many of us panic when we see oil pooling under our car. We immediately think of the high cost of professional repairs and our car being sidelined for a few days. Thankfully, in many cases, you can repair minor to moderate oil leaks at home with one of our Bar’s Leaks engine repair products. We have a number of advanced formulations that are proven to stop engine oil leaks at the source.

So, our advice? Instead of running to a mechanic at the first sign of an oil leak, take the time to determine where your oil leak is coming from and get a feel for how severe the leak is. You can do this at home, in your garage or in your driveway by watching where the oil is puddling on the ground and finding the car oil leak by following the drips up. In many cases, oil leaks are around the oil pan gasket or at the oil filter or plug.

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Learning the Colors of Different Car Fluid Leaks

There is a variety of car fluids in your vehicle, each designed to do a specific job. Recognizing different car fluid colors can help you identify leaks when they happen and make the necessary repairs. While the colors of fluids for some vehicles can vary, for the most part, this guide should help you with identifying and determining car fluids. As you might imagine, if something is leaking, the first step is figuring out what it is.

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