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And the Winner of the Keep My Ride Alive $10,000 Sweepstakes Is…

Illinois man wins big after sharing how products kept 1983 Mercury Lynx going

Bar’s Leaks customers from all over America responded to our $10,000 question last year as part of the Bar’s Leaks “Keep My Ride Alive” $10,000 sweepstakes. One of the more than 570,000 entries came from Mark S. from Waterloo, IL, who will begin the new year with a little extra money in his pocket after being selected as the contest winner.

We recently presented  Mark with a $10,000 check at the Waterloo, IL O’Reilly Auto Parts store where he purchases his Bar’s Leaks products. Check out a video of the presentation — which didn’t go quite the way Bobby J, our brand ambassador and technical support…

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…

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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…