Archive for: Engine

How to Identify an Oil Leak in Your Car

Over time, the seals and gaskets that keep your oil contained inside your car can start to leak. While a few drops of oil aren’t the end of the world, it is important to determine where your oil is leaking from and fix the problem. Most oil leaks will get worse as time goes on, and if enough oil leaks out, you can damage your engine.

Here at Bar’s Leaks, we have been perfecting our engine oil repair products for nearly a century. We can help you with fixing an oil leak without overhauling your engine and spending a lot of money. The key to successfully stopping a leak is catching the problem early, troubleshooting the oil leak and choosing the right solution.

Finding the Source…

Posted in: Engine, Leaks, Oil

When Should I Replace My Transmission Fluid?

No matter which engine fluid you’re talking about, changing it at regular intervals is important (but all too often ignored). In the case of automatic transmission fluid, or ATF, clean fluid does a better job of lubricating moving parts and minimizing transmission internal wear. Fresh ATF also distributes heat better, extending the life of your transmission. It’s literally one of the hardest-working fluids in your vehicle.

If you’ve ever had to have your automatic transmission serviced, you know how costly it is. Transmissions are complex beasts. Modern automatic transmissions are incredibly advanced and include intricate valves and passages that route transmission fluid where it is needed. When your transmission fluid starts to break down, wear can create small particles and contamination that wear out your…

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Do It Yourself: Repairing a Car Oil Leak at Home

Many of us panic when we see oil pooling under our car. We immediately think of the high cost of professional repairs and our car being sidelined for a few days. Thankfully, in many cases, you can repair minor to moderate oil leaks at home with one of our Bar’s Leaks engine repair products. We have a number of advanced formulations that are proven to stop engine oil leaks at the source.

So, our advice? Instead of running to a mechanic at the first sign of an oil leak, take the time to determine where your oil leak is coming from and get a feel for how severe the leak is. You can do this at home, in your garage or in your driveway by…

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…

Is It Safe to Drive with a Leaking Head Gasket?

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…

Posted in: Engine, Gaskets