Archive for: Cooling

Common Causes for an Overheating Vehicle

Anyone who has ever suffered an overheating vehicle knows what a hassle it is. Not only can an overheating car, truck, van or SUV leave you stranded, but the tow and repair bills can add up quickly. There are several potential reasons for an overheating engine, and in many cases, you can have several of these problems at the same time:

Low coolant level: This issue is easy to verify and correct. We suggest checking your coolant level before every major trip, especially in the summer, and at least once a month for normal driving. If your coolant level drops below the minimum level, your engine can quickly overheat.
Coolant issues: Your vehicle is designed to run on a specific type and blend of coolant. If…

Posted in: Cooling, Engine, Radiator

The Environmental Consequences of Automated Fluid Leaks

When you have an automotive fluid leak, you’re likely aware of the problems it causes to your vehicle. Low fluid levels — be it engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid or any other fluid — can create major problems and force your vehicle off the road (and put some hurt on your wallet). If these fluid levels are low because of leaks in your lines, gaskets and fittings, there’s another problem to worry about: environmental damage.

Effects of Automotive Fluid Leaks on the Environment
Oil and coolant leaks not only cause unattractive stains on our driveways, parking lots and roads, but they can also seep into the ground and pollute waterways. It’s important to understand the consequences of motor oil, coolant and other fluid pollution and seal…

Winter Is Coming: Don’t Get Stranded (And Trust Us, It Happens)

When preparing vehicles for the cold, checking the cooling system is a must. Trust us – we hear about failed cooling systems as much in the winter as we do the summer.

In colder climates, most drivers are somewhat familiar with the basics of winterizing their vehicles: checking and changing wiper blades, changing over to snow tires (and checking tire pressure), testing the battery and putting a snow brush in the vehicle. But one thing many don’t always remember to do is check their cooling systems.

Cars that ran all summer on water or with minor coolant leaks are likely to leave their owners stranded when the weather turns bad. Before the weather gets nasty, take some simple…

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…