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Don’t let your customers get stranded this winter

When preparing vehicles for the cold, checking the cooling system is a must
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 07:00
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In colder climates, most drivers are somewhat familiar with the basics of winterizing their vehicles: checking and changing wiper blades, changing over to snow tires (and checking tire pressure), testing the battery and putting a snow brush in the vehicle. But one thing many don’t always remember to do is check their cooling systems.

Cars that ran all summer on water or with minor coolant leaks are likely to leave their owners stranded when the weather turns bad. Talk to your customers now about taking some simple steps to keep their coolant systems trouble-free this winter. Remind them that it’s a lot easier to do this work before the snow flies!

  1. Any vehicle that is running with just water in its cooling system needs to be switched over to a water-antifreeze mixture ASAP. Pure water will freeze, expand and damage the cooling system. (This is also a good time to talk to your customers about the damage running pure water in the cooling system can do.)
  2. Check the coolant level and test coolant to see if it needs to be replaced. If it’s time for fresh coolant, recommend an easy-to-use flush to clean out the system. Bar’s Leaks Radiator 10 Minute Flush (p/n 1211) and Super Radiator Flush (p/n 1201) both contain no acid, so no neutralizing is needed, and they work in any vehicle with copper, aluminum or plastic radiators.
  3. Check for leaks and seal them. Even the smallest engine coolant leak will expand over time, so helping customers take action before winter hits could save them hundreds of dollars in repair bills. For minor leaks, seepage or just as a preventative measure, Bar’s Leaks Radiator Stop Leak Tablets (p/n HDC) are a cost-effective solution. For larger leaks, evaluate the leak’s location and severity to determine the best product. For example, Bar’s Leaks Liquid Copper (p/n 1109) is a permanent solution to large leaks in intake manifolds and gaskets, heater cores, blocks, heads and freeze plugs. Liquid Aluminum (p/n 1186) not only seals radiator and heater core leaks, it also contains Xtreme Cool™, which stops overheating and significantly decreases water temperature to prevent future leaks.

Bar’s Leaks, America’s most trusted stop-leak brand since 1947, offers a full line of chemical repair tools. All Bar’s Leaks products are proudly made in the U.S.A. Based in Holly, Michigan, Bar’s Leaks is ISO 9001 certified.

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