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Common Leaks on a Vehicle

1400Before you try to determine which fluid is leaking on your vehicle, know this: Every fluid can leak. Automotive fluids by nature are held in a circuit, often with a reservoir, tubing or piping and a component or piece that contains the fluid during use. Cracks, worn gaskets, faulty caps and broken fittings are just a few of the potential sources of leaks under your hood.

A leaking engine doesn’t necessarily mean you need a major repair, though. It just means you need to identify where the leak is coming from, which type of fluid it is, how much it is leaking and what steps you need to take to correct the leak. We’ve got you covered. Read More

The Environmental Consequences of Automotive Fluid Leaks

Leaking coolant, engine oil and transmission fluid can be a big headache. If your fluid levels get too low, your vehicle won’t perform properly, and you can even cause permanent damage. But another less talked about negative consequence of leaking fluids is the pollution it causes to the environment. Leaking coolant, engine oil and transmission fluid can be a big headache. If your fluid levels get too low, your vehicle won’t perform properly, and you can even cause permanent damage. But another less talked about negative consequence of leaking fluids is the pollution it causes to the environment.

his is a tremendous problem, even though it doesn’t make headlines. In fact, Puget Sound (in Washington State) is being threatened by the influx of leaking automotive lubricants and chemicals to the point where it’s natural beauty and heritage is at risk. On an average day, an estimated 140,000 lbs of toxic chemicals ranging from petroleum to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) enter Puget Sound.

Here at Bar’s Leaks, we sell a wide range of products designed to stop your fluid leaks, so you can get the best performance out of your vehicle while protecting the environment. Nobody has time for leaks, and certainly nobody has time for the environmental impacts of leaks.

Harmful for the Environment

Automotive oils and fluids are engineered to lubricate, cool and provide pressure depending on their function. Unfortunately, these fluids are also harmful to the environment, and when they leak, they contaminate the ground, air and waterways. They are also hazardous to plants and animals and can even be dangerous to humans. Here are some of the problems with common automotive fluids:

  • Engine Oil: Leaking oil often gets vaporized when it hits hot engine components like your manifold or exhaust. If you’ve ever had an engine oil leak, you know the dark smoke that is created when it burns. The harsh smell is just one indicator of how harmful leaking oil is to the environment. When oil gets into the groundwater and affects foliage and wildlife, real ecological impact can be seen and observed.
  • Coolant: The coolant in your radiator contains ethylene glycol, a chemical that can cause serious damage to the nervous system of humans and animals in moderate to high exposures. While modern coolants contain bitter-tasting agents (behavior deterrents) to keep pets and children from drinking them, any coolant leaks can work their way into the ground and waterways, causing serious damage to plants and animals.
  • Transmission Fluid: Transmission fluid is typically red and is thicker than engine oil (due to higher viscosity). As a result, it is tough to clean up and often stays on the ground for a long time. As the fluid breaks down in the sun, hydrocarbons are released into the air. These chemical compounds can affect breathing in humans and contribute to air pollution that affects everyone.

At the first sign of an engine oil, transmission fluid or coolant leak, we strongly suggest you react. An ignored leak ever gets any better, and could wind up being a much bigger problem that it should. Don’t wait until your leak is big enough to cause a major spill or damage to your vehicle. Our award-winning Bar’s Leaks products are designed to stop small to moderate leaks and can keep your leaks from getting worse.

Check out our catalog and discover all of our cooling system products, engine oil products and transmission fluid products. Do your part by stopping leaks not only to make it easier on your wallet and busy life, but also before they harm the environment.

Bar’s Leaks Oil Seal Permanently Fixes Oil Leaks and Burning Oil

Professional formula solves oil leaking, burning and consumption issues with one dose

We are proud to announce Bar’s Leaks Professional Oil Seal Engine Oil Burning & Leak Repair (p/n OS-1), the most advanced oil solution we’ve ever developed. This professional-grade formula is guaranteed to permanently stop all engine oil loss caused by leaks, over-consumption, and burning.

Oil Seal Engine Oil Burning & Leak Repair’s unique combination of synthetic polymers combined with premium seal restoring additives work together in four ways to create a long-lasting repair:

  • A seal-rejuvenating additive restores seal size, flexibility and elasticity lost to engine heat, age, high mileage or extended vehicle storage. This prevents oil from leaking past the seals and burning in the combustion chamber.
  • An advanced seal polymer builds a polymeric film around the seal that keeps excess oil from bypassing the seal during normal engine operation.
  • A high-grade detergent formulation works to dissolve byproduct buildup and carbon on piston oil rings, allowing them to operate properly.
  • Special synthetic polymers fill in the inevitable small scratches and wear marks caused by normal engine operation that allows oil to pass and burn, resulting in blue exhaust smoke.

We know from our customer support experience that oil leaks, burning oil and low oil levels due to slow consumption are all common problems in older vehicles. In the past, vehicle owners have had to address them with multiple products or repairs. Bar’s Leaks Oil Seal Engine Oil Burning & Leak Repair addresses all minor to moderate oil leaking, burning and consumption problems. No more multiple product purchases, no more installation headaches, no more worrying about if multiple products will interact negatively. Now, one product does it all – easily, affordably, and reliably.

Oil Seal Engine Oil Burning & Leak Repair (p/n OS-1) is designed to work with all types of motor/engine oil, including regular petroleum, high-mileage, synthetic blends and fully synthetic formulas. One 16.9 oz. bottle solves the most common oil consumption problems in all gasoline and diesel engines in all cars, trucks, vans and SUVs – including turbocharged, EcoBoost, hybrid and even racing engines.  It is also effective in a wide range of other motor applications such as tractors, boats, RVs, motorcycles (including wet clutch), ATVs, and lawn equipment.

We’ve developed this as a no-hassle formula that can be added when the oil is low or during an oil change. Once added, it starts to work within 15 minutes of driving or idling the vehicle. In most cases, the oil leak will be repaired with a single dose. We back Oil Seal Engine Oil Burning & Leak Repair with a limited lifetime warranty. As a special introductory offer, a $5 rebate is available with purchase. Visit autocarerewards.com for details, or simply click the picture below. (Valid between September 18, 2017 through September 30, 2018.)

Bar's Leaks Oil Seal rebate offer


Tech Tip: Four Simple Steps to Fix Cooling System Leaks

We hear it every day from social media, email and phone calls – it’s common for a cooling system to develop leaks and drips under normal use. That’s as true now as it was 70 years ago, when we created the game-changing chemical formula to stop a radiator leak from within. As with all under-the-hood leaks, it’s important to take action as soon as a coolant leak is detected before it becomes a major problem. At the first sign of leaking coolant or low coolant levels, here are four simple steps to fix your radiator leak quickly, and get your life back on the road.

  1. Inspect the radiator: Do a visual check to spot where the leak is — in the radiator itself, at the radiator tank interface, in the hoses or at the hose connections — to decide how to best address it. Caution: always exercise extreme caution when inspecting a radiator. Coolant can be hot and under pressure, and it can burn your skin or get in your eyes. Wear safety glasses and protective clothing, and always inspect when the engine is cold and turned off.
  2. Tighten all connections: Sometimes a coolant leak may simply be the result of a loose or rusted clamp. Before taking any other corrective action, where possible, tighten all clamps and replace any that are broken or too rusty to tighten. Also check the radiator cap: the pressure-relief springs can wear out over time and allow coolant to leak under pressure. We’ve seen it happen.
  3. Perform a coolant flush: This is a basic preventive measure. A coolant flush will help remove any debris or dirty, gummy coolant in the system that can hide leaks.  Flush and re-inspect the radiator for any new leaks. Fresh coolant will also help keep your customer’s engine running at the right temperature.
  4. Install a proven stop-leak solution: If the leak remains, help your customer choose an appropriate chemical stop leak solution based on the size of the leak and the type of radiator in the vehicle. Bar’s Leaks offers more than a dozen radiator stop-leak products, engineered for the type and nature of the radiator — copper, aluminum, plastic, etc. Most leaks stop immediately after installation. They are easy to use with all types and colors of antifreeze and/or water, and provide a quick and permanent solution to a radiator coolant leak. Simply follow the directions on the product and in as little as 15 minutes, your customer is back on the road.

How To Fix a Leaky Radiator

Bar’s Leaks is America’s #1 most trusted leak repair brand, being the market leader in chemical stop leak solutions. We’ve sold tens of millions of cooling system and radiator stop leak units. Our products are trusted by OEMs, the military, major fleets and generations of car owners. If you have any questions about which product to use, just give us a call at 800-345-6572, or drop us a line via our contact form. Our technical team in Michigan is happy to help.

When is an Oil Leak Serious?

When you see a huge puddle of oil beneath your car, it’s never good news, and you can be fairly sure it’s a serious problem. But what if you only see a bit of oil? Or what if your oil level goes down, but you never see any leaks? What if your leaks only occur when your engine is cold or parked on an incline? With so many potential signs and types of engine oil leaks, it can be difficult to know when a leak is a big problem and when it isn’t.

No engine oil leak is good, but it doesn’t mean you should panic at the first drop of oil you see on the ground. It’s important to pay close attention to your engine oil level and leaks. This is especially true with older vehicles. The key to avoiding major engine problems because of an engine oil leak is acting as soon as you detect leaking oil is to repair the leak and replace any missing oil. Read More