Archive for: Gaskets

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

Is it Safe to Drive with a Blown Head Gasket?

The quick answer? No! A blown head gasket is a major problem for any engine, and one that costs quite a bit to fix mechanically. The head gasket is responsible for creating a seal between your engine block (the lower portion that houses the cylinders) and the head (the upper portion that contains the valves). Your head gasket also acts to channel engine coolant to keep your engine cool during operation. A blown or cracked head gasket can cause one of two problems:

It can allow coolant to escape from your engine. The result is a loss in coolant, which can lead to overheating of your engine if you drive it for any length of time.…

Posted in: Gaskets

Will Stop Leak Products Damage My Car?

“Stop leak” tends to be a bad word in the automotive industry. Why? For three reasons:

There are inferior products out there that drag down the entire category as a whole, and
There are instances in which the product was installed improperly, or into problematic conditions (dirty or partially-clogged cooling systems, in particular)
The mechanical damage to the car is so bad that no chemical tool can fix it. In these cases, a customer tries a stop leak product, it doesn’t work, and proclaims it useless and ineffective.

Taking these point by point:

Our products have been, and continue to be, used in OEM applications. Brand new cars get our stuff installed at time of manufacture. Think about…