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Quick Guide: Finding Engine (Oil) Leaks

We all know that sinking feeling when we approach our car and see a puddle of liquid underneath it. There may be an alternative explanation, but you’ve probably got a fluid leak, and that’s something you need to take care of as soon as possible. The fluids in your car are there for a reason, and you want them to stay there. If you are leaking engine oil, your car could (eventually) be in serious jeopardy of overheating or seizing and ruining the engine.

Bottom line: engine oil leaks suck. But the good news is the earlier you catch them, the easier they are to fix without a huge repair bill. Time is of the essence.

So, you know you have to deal with this problem,…

Is Premium Gas Better for My Car?

Whenever you drive up to the pump, you are hit with an array of options. Should I go with regular unleaded or super gas? Plus or premium? What gas is better for my car?

If you have a new, luxury automobile, you may assume that you at least need plus-rated gasoline and that premium gas is even better. But this is not always the case.

Difference Between Plus and Premium Gas

To understand which gas is better for your car, you need to know what these ratings mean. It sometimes seems that gas manufacturers have added these labels to make them intentionally confusing. What you need to realize is that these designations — regular, plus, premium and super — have nothing…

Can Bar’s Leaks Replace the Need for a Mechanic?

If you’ve had car issues before, you probably have heard about Bar’s Leaks products. For over 70 years we’ve offered proven chemical repair solutions for automotive issues. We have saved car owners countless dollars using products from Bar’s Leaks versus a mechanic.

But can Bar’s Leaks really do everything a mechanic can do? Quick answer: not everything, but we can do a lot more for your car than you may think.

Mechanic in a Bottle
Our stop leak products are often referred to as a “mechanic in a bottle,” because they do things that a mechanic might charge you large sums of money for. Specifically, our products are great at slowing or stopping minor-to-moderate leaks caused by blown or warped gaskets and seals. Another reason they are…

One Product to Seal Them All: Super Leak Fix Stops Engine, Transmission, Power Steering, Hydraulic and Gear/Axle Leaks

As of this year, now there is a chemical stop-leak product so well-formulated that it can handle multiple types of leaks, from various automotive systems. Introducing Bar’s Leaks Super Leak Fix™, a multi-system formula that quickly seals, stops and prevents leaks in all engine, transmission, power steering, hydraulic and gear systems. One bottle, one solution.

Super Leak Fix is safe for auto, truck, farm, marine and small engines running on gasoline and diesel fuels. It can be used with these vehicle systems and applications:

Engine: gasoline and diesel
Transmission: automatic, manual and CVT
Power steering: pump, gear box, rack and pinion
Hydraulic: jack, snow plow, tractor and construction
Gear: differential, axle,…

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…

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