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North American International Auto Show 2018 (Detroit, Michigan)

The Fast, the Present, and the Future
Show Report by Marissa P.

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) kicked off in Detroit, Michigan a couple weeks ago and as always the automakers pulled out all the stops trying to outdo one another. Nearly everyone premiered new takes on old classics and even gave us a glimpse of the future.

Dodge certainly didn’t shy away from the competition with its display of the 2018 Dodge Demon. The Demon proudly boasts that it is a drag strip-ready car straight from production. Don’t get your hopes too high though, as-is the car won’t pass an NHRA safety inspection it will need a few a few extras before you can head down one of their tracks.

Ford, however, wasn’t going to…

The Environmental Consequences of Automotive Fluid Leaks

Leaking coolant, engine oil and transmission fluid can be a big headache. If your fluid levels get too low, your vehicle won’t perform properly, and you can even cause permanent damage. But another less talked about negative consequence of leaking fluids is the pollution it causes to the environment.

This is a tremendous problem, even though it doesn’t make headlines. In fact, Puget Sound (in Washington State) is being threatened by the influx of leaking automotive lubricants and chemicals to the point where it’s natural beauty and heritage is at risk. On an average day, an estimated 140,000 lbs of toxic chemicals ranging from petroleum to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) enter Puget Sound.

Here at Bar’s Leaks, we sell a wide range of products designed to stop…

Posted in: Cooling, General, Leaks

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…

Remembering the Buick Regal Grand National

I used to have a thing for the Buick Regal Grand National. If you know anything about this car, it’s like saying one had a thing for a puffy toaster on wheels that looked like grandma got crazy with some black spray paint and chrome trim. Normal people are drawn to Corvettes and Porsches and vacations in Hawaii; me, I was drawn to a living room on wheels.

More specificially, I was drawn to the engine of this beast, a 3.8L SFI V6, turbocharged and intercooled to a ridiculous degree for the late 1980s. If you remember this car, you remember it was GM’s dirty little secret, because it could beat the top-dog Corvette…

Let’s Talk About Chemical Additive Myths

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: a chemical additive (stop leak) doesn’t work, it clogs up your cooling system, and it actually makes your problem worse. It’s a waste of money.

Sound familiar?

Every day, we talk to customers who are reluctant to use another chemical fix because they’ve been burned in the past. They have every reason to doubt: many chemical fix products are more marketing than engineering. Too often, they don’t work as promised.

What’s a company who makes products that have been working since 1947 to do?

The hard truth is that the market for chemical fixes is not unlike other markets: there are good products, products you’d describe as mediocre, and products that do little or nothing to help the customer.

Unfortunately, the reputation of good products gets…

Posted in: Cooling, Gaskets, General