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Tech Tip: How to Solve Mysterious Oil Issues in Older Vehicles

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 SealEngine 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.

How Long Do Stop Leak Products Last?

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.

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How Does Radiator Stop Leak Work?

We like to write about our radiator stop leak products a lot on this blog (we are known for cooling system repair solutions, after all!), but some of you might want to know exactly how they work! Thanks to a time-tested and proven chemical formulation, our radiator stop leak products make quick work of stopping minor-to-moderate radiator leaks for good.

Unlike products from years ago that simply gummed-up holes as a temporary fix (and often gummed up coolant passages and heater cores at the same time!), our radiator stop leak won’t cause any degradation in the flow or performance of your radiator. We always instruct customers to install our products into a clean cooling system, which sometimes means a flush will be useful. Why? Installing any chemical product into a dirty or partially-clogged system isn’t advisable, and can cause more problems downstream.

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The Basics of Cooling System Maintenance

We don’t often think about our cooling systems. We fire up our vehicles and drive to where we need to go. On top of regular checks of your engine oil, tires and brakes, it’s a good idea to add your cooling system to your vehicle maintenance checklist. A clean and efficient cooling system not only helps extend the life of your vehicle, but it can also help avoid costly overheating or breakdown issues that occur due to cooling system negligence. The #1 reason we hear about that get people stuck on the side of the road is – you guessed it – cooling system problems. Let’s give some attention where it’s due.

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Things You Should Know to Protect Your Radiator

You probably know this, but we’ll say it anyway: the radiator at the front of your vehicle is probably THE  key component in your cooling system. As hot engine coolant is pumped through, your radiator uses exterior air (either while you’re driving or from a fan) to cool the coolant so that it can be pumped back into the engine and remove more heat. This hot/cold cycle continues as long as your engine is running.

Understanding how your radiator works can help you find ways to protect it. From physical damage to internal debris and corrosion, there are many factors that can degrade the performance of your radiator or even cause a leak. We’ve put together this list of ways you can protect your radiator and ensure proper cooling. Consider these points and be proactive to keep your radiator in good shape for as long as you own your car.

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