Archive for: Gaskets

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

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…

Common Reasons for Vehicle Overheating

You probably don’t need to be told this, but an overheating vehicle is a major problem – we talk to customers about it literally every day. Not only can an overheating vehicle keep you from getting where you need to go, but it can also cost a lot in towing and repairs. The key to avoiding further damaging your engine is knowing the reasons why a vehicle overheats and then taking steps to correct the issue at the first signs of a problem.

Here at Bar’s Leaks, we have the market-proven products you need to repair blown or leaking head gaskets, which is the leading cause of engine overheating. We’ve put together this brief explanation of vehicle overheating to help you identify when your engine…

Posted in: Engine, Gaskets

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

Why Would a Blown Head Gasket Cause Overheating?

The coolant in your vehicle’s engine serves an important purpose: it removes heat from your engine. This heat is created during the combustion process, as your engine fires and ignites the fuel and air mixture that makes the pistons move up and down. Some early engines didn’t have coolant and instead relied on air to cool the engine. Modern engines are much more high-performance than traditional air-cooled engines and require efficient cooling systems to keep them running at the right temperatures.

Your head gasket is an important component in your cooling system. It not only creates a seal between your engine block and head, it also channels coolant for optimal engine cooling. A blown head gasket can…

Posted in: Gaskets