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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We get tech line calls all the time about head gaskets, and this is one of the most common questions we get. So let’s tackle it here head-on.
A leaking head gasket can quickly become a major problem for your vehicle – the earlier you catch it, the better. At the first sign of a blown head gasket, it’s important to get it repaired. While driving a short time with the start of a head gasket leak won’t damage your engine, you never know when your head gasket will fully fail and dump coolant into your combustion chambers or onto the ground. Once you get a head gasket leak, it’s a matter of time. The longer you drive with it damaged, the more you risk the damage being severe. Once you get to that point, you are unfortunately looking at a “hard repair” (physical hard-part fix by a qualified mechanic), which can run anywhere from $1500-$2500.
While none of us want to suffer from a radiator leak (they suck, trust us, because we hear all the horror stories from customers), it’s important to know the signs and take action to avoid a major coolant leak before it happens.
At the first sign of coolant leaking from your radiator, you should avoid driving your vehicle and take steps to stop the leak. As experts with over 70 years of experience in vehicle fluid system repair and treatment, our engineering and technical support teams want to point out the signs of a radiator leak and give you tips on how to repair it.
Bar’s Leaks New Professional Oil Seal Repair remedies oil leaking, burning and consumption – safely and affordably
Older cars and oil leaks. You’ve heard this story before, right?
Fixing oil problems common in older vehicles, including minor to moderate leaks, burning oil and low oil levels due to slow consumption, used to start with diagnosing the problem. What was going on? What was leaking? Unfortunately, proper diagnosis requires the customer to accurately describe the issues, so the counterperson can recommend the most appropriate solution. Until now.
Bar’s Leaks® new Professional Oil Seal™ Engine Oil Burning & Leak Repair ends the oil guessing game, because it is a single product guaranteed to permanently stop ALL engine oil loss caused by leaks, over-consumption (like valve seal leaks) and burning. The professional-grade formula is a unique blend of synthetic polymers combined with premium seal-restoring additives that 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 gunk 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 allow oil to pass and burn, resulting in blue exhaust smoke.
One 16.9 oz. bottle of Oil Seal Engine Oil Burning & Leak Repair (P/N OS-1) solves the most common oil consumption problems in all gasoline and diesel engines in cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. It is also effective in a wide range of other motor applications such as tractors, boats, RVs, motorcycles, ATVs, and lawn equipment. It works with all types of motor/engine oil, including regular petroleum, high-mileage, synthetic blends and fully synthetic formulas.
It’s literally a one-bottle fix that takes only minutes to install.
Oil Seal Engine Oil Burning & Leak Repair is also insanely easy to use. The no-hassle formula 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.
If you want more information, or to chat with someone about whether this product is right for you, no worries. We have you covered. Drop us an email via our support page, or hit us up on Facebook. We’re happy to help.
At Bar’s Leaks, we like to think of our engine stop leak products as temporary fixes that last forever! Kidding aside, in some cases, the only way to repair a leak is by replacing the faulty part. Certain head gasket, oil pump, radiator and power steering line leaks are simply too severe to fix with ANY chemical repair tool. In many other cases, when you first detect a leak, you can save a lot of money and get a long-lasting fix with one of our advanced formulations.
So how long can you expect them to last? It depends. If the leak is mild to moderate, we’ve had customers run 10,000-50,000 miles with no further issues. If the leak is more severe, or on the edge of becoming severe, the repair might last a shorter duration. The advice we always give is to act at the first sign/symptom of a cooling system problem. Like medical issues, the sooner you can catch the problem the better!
So, the key is to catch your leaks early and choose the right product for your leak. We have regular and concentrated formulas for most types of engines fluids as well as specific products for different types of components such as aluminum, copper or steel. See our products for cooling systems here. These are the products that made us the most recommended and relied-upon brand for cooling system and head gasket leaks – and we’re talking about consumers and professionals alike.