Every year, Bar’s Leaks® is asked by the media to highlight four affordable solutions to repair cooling system leaks, which are more frequent during the cold months. Here are this year’s recommendations based on our experience.
Winter is hard on vehicle cooling systems, and weather predictors like AccuWeather are forecasting this year’s switch from El Niño to La Niña to bring bitter cold in the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains, persistent cold in New England and heavy snowfall in the Great Lakes region. This harsh weather will result in many vehicles – especially older vehicles – being unable to keep their engines at a constant operating temperature due to a variety of cooling system leaks. These cooling problems arise year after year, and we are asked by the automotive trade press about what we recommend as good first-option repairs.
“Just about when Daylight Savings Time ends and winter cold starts to kick in, auto parts stores and big retailers like Wal-Mart generally see a higher demand for Bar’s Leaks® cooling system repair products. Our products have been protecting and repairing vehicle cooling system leaks since 1947,” says Jim Moffitt, longtime VP for Bar’s Leaks. “Cold temperatures make leaks in the radiator, heating core, head gasket or freeze plug cry for attention. That’s why we encourage customers to be prepared and stock up to meet this seasonal demand.”
Here are four of Bar’s Leaks’ best-selling cooling system repair products that have served on the front line in cold, harsh weather conditions. They are all designed to be added directly to the cooling system without flushing the antifreeze, and are compatible with both conventional green or blue (silicate-based) and extended life red/orange or yellow (OAT/HOAT) antifreeze or water.
Radiator Stop Leak Concentrate (P/N 1196) – Stops minor cooling system leaks and drips caused by normal cooling system wear and age. It is available to distribution in case packs of six 11-ounce bottles. (Contact us about this product, or find this product near you.)
Cooling System Repair (P/N 1150) – Stops coolant leaks and corrects other cooling system problems to help prevent costly future repairs and breakdowns. Also contains Xtreme Cool™ to stop overheating and reduce water temperature. It is available to distribution in case packs of four 16.9-ounce bottles. (Contact us about this product, or find this product near you.)
Liquid Aluminum™ Radiator and Heater Core Stop Leak (P/N 1186) – The next generation stop leak product certified to be used in all cooling system types. It is guaranteed to safely and easily seal leaks in plastic, aluminum and metal (copper/steel) radiators, heater cores, gaskets and freeze plugs. Also contains Xtreme Cool™ to stop overheating and reduce water temperature. It is available to distribution in case packs of six 16.9-ounce bottles. (Contact us about this product, or find this product near you.)
Pelletized Radiator Stop Leak (P/N PLT11) – Stops larger leaks in plastic, aluminum and metal radiators, heater cores, blocks, heads, gaskets and freeze plugs. Also has a water pump lube that lubricates water pump seals and inhibits the formation of rust and scale. It is available to distribution in case packs of six 16.9-ounce bottles. (Contact us about this product, or find this product near you.)
These Bar’s Leaks cooling system products are designed to work on most 4-, 5-, 6-, 8-, and 10-cylinder gasoline, turbocharged and diesel engines.
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