Archive for: Transmission

When Should I Replace My Transmission Fluid?

No matter which engine fluid you’re talking about, changing it at regular intervals is important (but all too often ignored). In the case of automatic transmission fluid, or ATF, clean fluid does a better job of lubricating moving parts and minimizing transmission internal wear. Fresh ATF also distributes heat better, extending the life of your transmission. It’s literally one of the hardest-working fluids in your vehicle.

If you’ve ever had to have your automatic transmission serviced, you know how costly it is. Transmissions are complex beasts. Modern automatic transmissions are incredibly advanced and include intricate valves and passages that route transmission fluid where it is needed. When your transmission fluid starts to break down, wear can create small particles and contamination that wear out your…

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Do It Yourself: Repairing a Car Oil Leak at Home

Many of us panic when we see oil pooling under our car. We immediately think of the high cost of professional repairs and our car being sidelined for a few days. Thankfully, in many cases, you can repair minor to moderate oil leaks at home with one of our Bar’s Leaks engine repair products. We have a number of advanced formulations that are proven to stop engine oil leaks at the source.

So, our advice? Instead of running to a mechanic at the first sign of an oil leak, take the time to determine where your oil leak is coming from and get a feel for how severe the leak is. You can do this at home, in your garage or in your driveway by…

Learning the Colors of Different Car Fluid Leaks

There is a variety of car fluids in your vehicle, each designed to do a specific job. Recognizing different car fluid colors can help you identify leaks when they happen and make the necessary repairs. While the colors of fluids for some vehicles can vary, for the most part, this guide should help you with identifying and determining car fluids. As you might imagine, if something is leaking, the first step is figuring out what it is.

Follow the Leak
The first step when you see a leak is to identify the type of fluid, then find where it is coming from. Some leaks are easy to fix by simply tightening a clamp or replacing a hose. In…

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…

Tech Tip: Spot and Fix Common Transmission Fluid Leaks

Transmissions – arguably the hardest-working component of your car.

Transmissions are heavily dependent on lubrication to prevent damaging friction and heat build-up. The high pressures in modern transmissions can turn a small leak into a major one very quickly, which can lead to time-consuming, expensive repairs. Here are three telltale signs of a transmission leak that, when detected early, give you the opportunity to avoid a hefty repair bill. We talk to customers about problems such as this every day on our tech lines.

Drops on the Ground: Spotting drops before they become puddles is a good thing. Fresh transmission fluids are usually colored red, but can also be green, amber, or even have a bluish tint. Transmission fluids with a brownish tint and…