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Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Right Head Gasket Repair Solution

When talking about blown head gaskets, the first question we get asked about our head gasket repair products is, “How do I know which one to choose?”

Good question. We have three main products to address head gasket issues: our Bar’s Leaks Head Gasket Repair (p/n 1100), Bar’s Leaks Head Gasket Fix (p/n 1111) and Bar’s Leaks Professional Carbon Fiber Block Seal Head Gasket & Cooling Sealant (p/n HG-1).

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All three are meant to deal with head gasket leaks, but there are differences. I’m going to discuss each product here, starting with our strongest.

Our Professional Carbon Fiber Block Seal Head Gasket & Cooling Sealant (p/n HG-1) is our strongest, most professional-grade product of this type. It’s antifreeze compatible, meaning no flush is necessary unless your system is dirty.  HG-1 contains Xtreme Cool (a water wetting agent which reduces temperature) as well as carbon fiber and aramid fibers. When dealing with a head gasket leak, consider fibers to be like rebar in concrete: they’re necessary to form a truly strong, permanent bond.

Our Bar’s Leaks Head Gasket Fix (p/n 1111) is one of our most popular products due to cost and how convenient it is to install. Like HG-1, no draining of the cooling system is required unless the system is dirty. Its sealing strength is a bit below our HG-1 product, but the installation is quick and easy. For most mild to moderate HG leaks, this product has worked wonders for tens of thousands of customers.

Our Bar’s Leaks Head Gasket Repair (p/n 1100) is the first head gasket-specific product we came out with approximate eight years ago. It gives a very strong seal and is our most affordable HG product, but the installation is more demanding because the product is not compatible with antifreeze. You’ll need to completely flush your cooling system BEFORE using this product, as it can be used with water only.  Immediately after doing the procedure, we ask that you drain your system and let your car sit 12-24 hours (weather permitting — you can’t leave only water in the system if it is below freezing). After the waiting period, you’ll need to flush again, making sure to get all the product completely out of your cooling system.  You can then refill your cooling system with an OE-recommended coolant. You can assume your car will be laid up for a full day (maybe a bit longer) for this installation.

So, here’s how all that boils down:

  • If you want the strongest product we offer AND the most convenient, choose our Carbon Fiber Block Seal Head Gasket & Cooling Sealant (p/n HG-1). It sells for around $60 retail, but is truly a pro-class product. (And still considerably cheaper than a full mechanical head gasket repair, which run $1,500+.)  Recommended if your car can run for 15 minutes without overheating.
  • If you want a strong product AND something that’s very easy to install, choose our Bar’s Leaks Head Gasket Fix (p/n 1111). It’s one of our most popular products overall for a reason. Sells for around $30 retail.  Recommended if your car can run for 20 mintues without overheating.
  • If you want a very strong product AND you have the time and knowledge to do a more manual install, choose our Bar’s Leaks Head Gasket Repair (p/n 1100). Sells for about $10 retail.  Recommended if your car can run for 15 minutes without overheating.

If, after reading this, you still have questions about which product is right for your particular head gasket problem, call our technical support at 800-345-6572 or hit us up on Facebook and ask your question there. We’re here to help!

Watch a Bugatti Veyron Hit 225 MPH on a Public Road

Say what you want, but this is crazytown stuff.

Also, because I know you’re asking what I was thinking: yes, he got pulled over. But I imagine that a guy with a Veyron is (a) super well-connected or (b) has a way of getting out of tickets.

Anyway, more details on this public stunt are over at Jalopnik. For now, enjoy the video.

Testimonial Highlight: Art T. from Saratoga Springs, NY

1010 PNGArt T. from Saratoga Springs, NY recently wrote to our support department with the following story:

I have a 2002 Chrysler Sebring 2.7 V6, notorious for oil light sensor problems (thus check engine light). Verified all over the web! Without a Remedy?  One night @ 25 degrees below zero, I noticed oil leaking. I purchased a bottle of Bar’s Leaks Engine Oil Stop Leak. I assure you, like they were riding with me, after 200 miles & approximately 3 days, as predicted on the directions, the leak was ENTIRELY gone! In addition & serendipitously, the oil light shut off, for the FIRST time in over a year & 10,000 miles! I reset the Check Engine light & passed NY State Emissions Inspection with no further leaks or oil or Check Engine Lights in over a year & additional 10,000 Miles. A miracle in a bottle!

The product Art is talking about is our Bar’s Leaks Engine Oil Stop Leak, which is easily one of our most popular in the engine category.

Art, thanks for writing! We appreciate you taking the time!

Winter Is Coming: Get Ready for Cooling System Stop Leak and Head Gasket Repair Demand

Let’s be honest: winter is hard on vehicle cooling systems. The colder it gets, the more your cooling system is taxed to keep the engine at a constant operating temperature. As a result, many vehicles develop a variety of cooling system and head gasket leaks when the weather turns extremely cold. We see it every year.

Here’s our VP of product development: “In general, our customers see a spike in sales of all Bar’s Leaks® cooling system stop leaks and head gasket repair products when the first big cold front moves across the United States.”

Simple and true.

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Professional Carbon Fiber Block Seal Head Gasket & Cooling Sealant (p/n HG1) is one of our newest premium products (if you read this blog regularly, you’ve seen some testimonials we’ve received from customers on this already).

Developed for professional technicians but available to do-it-yourselfers as well, HG1 is the strongest formula available to permanently seal any coolant leak in plastic, cast iron, copper, and aluminum radiators, heater cores, freeze plugs, gaskets, intake manifolds, cylinder heads and engine blocks. It repairs blown head and intake gasket leaks, seals cracked cylinder heads and blocks, stops heater core and radiator leaks, fixes leaking freeze and core plugs, and stops overheating in any water-cooled car, truck, van or SUV.

It’s our best formulation, period.

Unlike other products, our Head Gasket & Cooling Sealant is antifreeze-compatible, so there’s no need to flush the cooling system before using it. It also doesn’t need to be removed at the end of the repair, which means that the product stays in the vehicle to protect the cooling system against future leaks long after the initial repair.

So you’re asking, “If it’s so good, how’s it work?”

Here’s how: our formula combines liquid glass (sodium silicate) with aramid and refractory fibers: the same super-strong, heat-resistant materials used in bulletproof vests and fireproof clothing. The formula is further reinforced with carbon fiber to bridge larger leaks and create a truly permanent seal that is stronger than the original head gasket itself. Our HG1 also features the proprietary wetting agent Xtreme Cool®. Xtreme Cool reduces the surface tension of coolant, increasing its wetting ability, while improving heat transfer and reducing coolant temperature.

It’s a lot of science in one bottle.

Bar’s Leaks Head Gasket & Cooling Sealant is compatible with all types of antifreeze, including conventional green or blue (silicate-based) and extended life red/orange or yellow (OAT/HOAT). No matter what you run, you should be good to go.

For more information about Bar’s Leaks Head Gasket & Cooling Sealant, call us at (800) 345-6572, e-mail info@barsproducts.com, or visit our website at barsleaks.com. Our website offers a wealth of information, including product descriptions, tech sheets, material safety data sheets (MSDS), FAQs, company history and customer testimonials.

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