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Old 06-15-2012, 03:44 PM   #1
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bars leak?

so.. i know im going to get crap for this BUT, im lazy.

I have a small oil leak out of my distributor rod, and i wanted to know if i added the silver bottle of bars leak engine oil would hurt. I've heard it helps, heard it hurts, and heard it does nothing... i already have it but wanted to check first.. thanks guys
Old 06-15-2012, 03:53 PM   #2
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Re: bars leak?

I've never used the stuff myself. Though I've heard many reviews in the past that the stuff does work but only temporarily. Which makes sense cause its suppose to be a temp fix til you can get the actual problem fixed.
Old 06-15-2012, 05:44 PM   #3
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Re: bars leak?

There is a gasket that sits between the dist and the intake manifold.
Pull the dist out after marking it's location, rotor location, etc, replace
the gasket and be done with it. Don't put snake oil is a good running
engine because of a failed gasket.

If this stuff was so good, MFG's would use it instead of gaskets..
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Save yourself the future problems and dont use it, just fix it right the first time, as said replace the round base gasket below the distributor.
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If it is the truck in your sig, they have an oring instead of a gasket. I would replace the oring, and also add a small block dist gasket.
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Re: bars leak?

DO NOT USE...AT ALL ,don't even look at the bottle.
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That's funny...don't use it...I had a wee small external coolant leak at the back right corner of the head on my 89 Supra and when I discovered it I was 600 miles from home. I tossed in a can of Bars Leak hoping at least to make it back home without having to replace the head gasket. Three years later (still no leak) I sold the car. JMOE
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Cool story bro.
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:40 AM   #10
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Re: bars leak?

Quote: Originally Posted by zarmo24
That's funny...don't use it...I had a wee small external coolant leak at the back right corner of the head on my 89 Supra and when I discovered it I was 600 miles from home. I tossed in a can of Bars Leak hoping at least to make it back home without having to replace the head gasket. Three years later (still no leak) I sold the car. JMOE
I know oil is a coolant too, and so is... um....."coolant"
The guy said he has a an oil leak.
Then you said that Bars Leak fixed your coolant problem for years................ but you said not to use it, even tho it works.
I is scratchin my head here.

To the original poster............ replace the gasket. Sealer in a bottle is a last resort attempt for those ugly, more difficult, and more expensive fixes like timing and rear main seals.
They can and sometimes do work............. but they are not the best option. If a leak occurs, the seal has turned to crap and needs to be replaced.
Sealer in a bottle for your fix, may cause the rear seal and the timing cover seal to start leaking, since oil sealers soften the seals.
If you fix and easy sealing repair by using a bottle because you are lazy
(your words, not mine )
... and end up causing other, more major seals to leak.
....... then what will be the moral of the story?
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