Archive for: Cooling

Why Is My Vehicle Overheating? We Explain the Frustration.

If you’ve ever suffered an overheating vehicle, you know what a pain it is. When your vehicle overheats, you need to stop as soon as possible to avoid serious engine damage. Drive too far with an overheating engine and you can cause your head gasket to fail, crack your head or have your entire engine seize. Then you’ve taken your problem from bad to worse – trust us. You don’t want any part of that.

With over 70 years of automotive chemical engineering experience in the cooling category, we know a thing or two about the reasons for vehicle overheating and have an award-winning range of products designed to help you out at the first sign of overheating.

Check through our list of overheating vehicle causes…

Posted in: A/C, Cooling, Engine

Tech Tip: Blown Head Gasket Symptoms, Causes and Fixes

Early detection prevents costly and time-consuming repairs
Head gasket issues are BY FAR the #1 problem our support team talks to customers about every day.

Since the head gasket has the most critical sealing job in the engine — to seal and protect the cylinders from coolant or engine oil infiltration to ensure maximum compression —  a blown head gasket can be crippling. When a head gasket leak is detected early, it often can be repaired chemically before it grows into a $1,500 to $3,000 problem.

How to spot a blown head gasket

Here’s a short list of customer complaints that are symptoms or signs of a blown head gasket:

A strong, sweet smell of heated coolant.
Low coolant level in the coolant reservoir, without visible leaks.

Posted in: Cooling, Gaskets

Common Leaks on a Vehicle

Before 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.
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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.

This 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…

Posted in: Cooling, General, Leaks

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.

Inspect the radiator: Do a visual check to spot where the leak is — in the radiator itself,…

Posted in: Cooling, Leaks