Archive for: Cooling

Causes of Leaking Coolant or Antifreeze

Let’s be honest: any fluid leak in your vehicle is a problem. When fluid leaks out of your car and into the environment, it can cause your vehicle to run poorly or even suffer considerable damage if the leak is left unattended over time. Being able to recognize and determine the cause of a coolant or antifreeze leak can help you avoid major problems. Here at Bar’s Leaks, we have over 70 years of experience in the leak repair business and have developed award-winning products to stop many radiator and cooling system leaks. In fact, we are the #1 brand in the United States when it comes to solving automotive leaks without expensive hard-part physical repairs.

Check out the below list of common sources of…

Posted in: Cooling, Leaks, Radiator

Learning the Colors of Different Car Fluid Leaks

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.

Follow the Leak
The first step when you see a leak is to identify the type of fluid, then find where it is coming from. Some leaks are easy to fix by simply tightening a clamp or replacing a hose. In…

How to Repair a Radiator Leak

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.

How Does a Radiator Leak Develop?
A radiator leak can occur in several locations:

In the radiator itself: Corrosion or damage to…

Posted in: Cooling, Radiator

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…

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…

Posted in: Cooling, Leaks