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  • Happy Holidays from Bar's Leaks and Rislone

    Posted on December 23, 2013 by Jeff Ventura

    A quick note on this blog.

    Since starting it almost three years ago, you guys have searched it for  a gas sytem treatment that actually works, how to prepare your car for colder termperatures, and even how to choose the right head gasket repair product. Some posts alone have over 30,000 pageviews.

    Thank you. We consider that a success.

    Because what makes this a success isn’t the words we type, the advice we give or the bad jokes we try to make: it’s you guys, the readers. Without you to read this, what’s the point? This is not a solo dance.

    So, as we head into the holidays after what’s been an extremely busy and rewarding year, I want to thank all of you who read this blog on behalf of the entire Bar's Products team. We aim to continue doing what we’re doing, as long as you continue to read what we write. Deal?

    Deal.

    Happy holidays, everyone. Be well, and enjoy the season.

  • Rislone Gasoline Fuel System Treatment Wins 2013 PTEN Innovation Award

    Posted on November 5, 2013 by Jeff Ventura

    NOVEMBER 5, 2013 -- LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- It's deja vu all over again: Rislone Gasoline Fuel System Treatment (p/n 4700) won an Innovation Award from Professional Tool & Equipment News (PTEN) at the AAPEX 2013 automotive aftermarket expo. This is the second time in three years that a Rislone fuel system product has won such an award.

    PTEN Innovation Award winners are selected not by advertising spend, not by lobbying, but by actual automotive technicians who use products on a daily basis and vote for the best-in-class solutions. We're proud to have our products recognized for their innovation, because when we set out to enter the fuel market, we had one mission: be better than everything else out there, or don't bother doing it.

    Thousands of customers have contacted us to tell us how thankful they are that someone created a fuel product that actually works, and it's icing on the cake to have our technology recognized by PTEN and professional auto technicians.

    Our thanks go out to PTEN and the technicians they polled to make this award a reality. Cheers!

  • Have You Liked Us on Facebook?

    Posted on September 26, 2013 by Jeff Ventura

    You guys! In case you haven't already, you shoud take a second and "Like" us on Facebook. Why?

    1. Most of our news, videos and tips about how to use our products are posted to Facebook first. 
    2. Our customers rock, and they post some pretty cool stuff.
    3. And the biggie: we have some contests planned for this fall, and the only way you'll be eligible is if you're a friend of the Bar's Products Facebook page. And we're talking cool contests too, where you can win free stuf.
    4. See #3, above.

    Our main Facebook page is here.

    (We're also on Twitter, if that's more your thing.)

    So take a second and join our Facebook page, if for no other reason to be automatically qualified to participate in the contests we have cooking.

    Thanks everyone!

  • Bar's Leaks and the Historic 1958 USS Nautilus Mission

    Posted on September 19, 2013 by Jeff Ventura

    Wade A. from North Carolina has a keen eye while reading: in the book "Nautilus 90  North," he noticed that the stop leak Commander Anderson used in the 1958 Nautilus submarine voyage under the Arctic ice cap was the same stuff you can buy in stores for your car.

    Yes, you read that right: Bar's Leaks was used successfully in a historic nuclear submarine voyage under the North Pole ice. We talk about it more in-depth on our company history page here.

    Most people aren't aware of this, so hats off to Wade for drawing the connection, and taking the time to write us a letter and send us a copy of the book "Nautilus 90 North." (See photo below.)

    Our customers are the best anywhere. Period. Thanks to all of you who make this business so worthwhile.


  • Can Bar's Leaks be used in an '05 Freightliner semi tractor? You bet it can.

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    Posted on September 10, 2013 by Jeff Ventura

    Sometimes, less is more. So when Rich G. sent us a quick testimonial and pictures of him using our Bar's Leaks Radiator Stop Leak Concentrate 2X (p/n 1194 or 1196, depending on size needed), we thought it was awesome. Rich writes:

    Excellent results on my '05 Freightliner in a serious time of need. Will recommend and continue to use your products. Thank you.

    No, thank you for choosing our products, Rich. And double thanks for sending along some pictures!

     

  • "It works beautifully."

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    Posted on September 5, 2013 by Jeff Ventura

    Russel from Kansas just wrote us and gave us permission to post his testimonial about using our Bar's Leaks Head Gasket Fix (p/n 1111) on his Northstar 4.6L engine:

    I applied your product for a blown head gasket problem on a 4.6 L aluminum Northstar engine (1999 Cadilac). It works beautifully. Symptoms have disappeared. Well worth the minimal cost.

    Sometimes, it's that simple. Here, "simple" means Bar's Leaks Head Gasket Fix saved Russel over $1,500.

    That's real money, no matter how you cut it.

    Thanks for choosing our products Russel, and thanks for taking the time to tell us about your success!

     

  • "Will keep a bottle in every vehicle from now on!"

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    Posted on August 27, 2013 by Jeff Ventura

    Nothing is nicer than heading into a holiday weekend with a great testimonial emailed to us by a customer. This time, it's Bob S. from Springfield, VA, who used our original Bar's Leaks Pelletized Heavy Duty Stop Leak (p/n PLT11) combined with Bar's Leaks Radiator Stop Leak 2X Concentrate (p/n 1194) to get his family back from a road trip safely. Bob says:

    Was halfway through a 4,000 mile family road trip and developed a cracked radiator on a 5.4 L Ford E150; leaking a quart of fluid every 300 miles. One bottle of pelletized Bar's got me from Dallas to San Antonio to Houston to Pensacola to Montgomery in 104 degree heat over three days; a bottle of 2X concentrate got me the rest of the way to Virgina over two days. Used to use this stuff in Army jeeps back in the 80's; was glad to see it's still around. Will keep a bottle in every vehicle from now on! Replacing the radiator in the Ford today because yes, the crack was about eight inches long across the top of the radiator!

    We hear this story more than you'd think: someone's out on a long road trip, they have a problem with their radiator (or even head gasket), and our products get them home safely and with lots of money still in their pocket. This sort of email makes it all worthwhile.

    Thanks a ton for writing, Bob. And nice van, by the way!

  • "Thanks for spending the research dollars to bring a product like this to market!"

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    Posted on August 13, 2013 by Jeff Ventura

    Ray C. from Severna Park, MD writes to us about our strongest head gasket product -- Head Gasket & Cooling Sealant, otherwise known as the venerable HG-1. Ray writes:

    I purchased the Head Gasket & Cooling Sealant in attempt to get a little more life out of my (winter rat) 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee after a cooling system failure that nearly blew the engine and ended up resulting in a head gasket leak! I was worried about the expense but it turns out that this stuff really is a modern miracle in a bottle! I used it as directed and no more cooling or head gasket leaks, better engine performance, and the remainder is still floating around in there guarding against other minor leaks that might develop. Thanks for spending the research dollars to bring a product like this to market!! It was a life-saver for me!

    Thanks for choosing our products, Ray, and we appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your experience.

  • Take a look at this photo. Who do you see?

    Posted on August 1, 2013 by Jeff Ventura

    Let us know who you see in the comments.

     

  • Rislone and Bar's Leaks to Sponsor Ford Raptor Forum's "Havoc in the Hills" 2013!

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    Posted on July 31, 2013 by Jeff Ventura

    Some pretty awesome news for you guys, if we do say so ourselves.

    Rislone and Bar’s Leaks are proud to sponsor 2013’s Ford Raptor Forum’s Havoc in the Hills, the first event of its kind in the eastern region of the U.S.

    The event is being held at Rausch Creek ORP (Google map here) on September 27–29, 2013, in the heart of Eastern Pennsylvania’s “Coal Country.” It is being planned by Great Lakes Raptor Excursions, and proceeds will raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

    Registration information is –> HERE

    In addition to sponsoring the final dinner banquet, Rislone and Bar’s Leaks will be giving every driver a trailkit bag that includes the following:

    All told, this is a kit worth over $50 chock full of stuff every off-road driver should have in their trail bag. (Especially the HDC tablets…trust us, we have a story about that one.)

    What does all that swag look like? A lot like this:

    Registration for this event ends on 8/31/13, so if you want to get in, now’s the time.

    We’re seriously looking forward to this event, because not only is it being run by quality people for a great cause, it’s also full of amazing Ford 150 Raptors, a good percentage of which are heavily modified. And heavily modified Raptors are more fun than than should be legally allowed. For example:

    Now picture that for three days. Exactly. Register now!

  • Versatile Rislone Fuel Injector Cleaner Solves Fuel System and Engine Issues

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    Posted on July 30, 2013 by Jeff Ventura

    Don’t be fooled by its name: Rislone® Fuel Injector Cleaner does much more than just clean an engine’s fuel injectors. When used regularly, the super-concentrated additive quiets noisy injectors and fuel pumps, soothes rough idle, eliminates hard starts, increases power and lubricates the entire fuel system. Plus, Fuel Injector Cleaner includes Rislone’s proprietary Upper Cylinder Lubricant, which extends engine life.

    “This single product provides a complete fuel system tune-up before going to work in the engine, where it lubricates cylinders, rings, pistons, valves and guides,” says Clay Parks, vice president of development for Rislone. “Fuel Injector Cleaner is one of the most multipurpose products we make.”

    The benefits start in the fuel tank, where Fuel Injector Cleaner (P/N 34701) helps prevent rust and corrosion. It is compatible with modern fuels, including unleaded gasoline, flex fuel, E10, E15, E85, ultra-low-sulfer diesel and other bio blends.

    Fuel Injector Cleaner lubricates the fuel lines and fuel pump, ensuring quiet operation. It then moves through the injectors, where it eliminates deposits like gum and varnish.

    “Injectors can only operate efficiently if they are clean,” said Parks. “Carbon buildup can cause pre-ignition, power loss, burned valves and even broken rings. If your customers’ vehicles exhibit pinging or hesitation, one bottle of Rislone Fuel Injector Cleaner can quickly put them back on the road. Even if nothing seems amiss, the product can improve vehicle mileage and reduce wear over time.”

    The Upper Cylinder Lubricant included in Fuel Injector Cleaner was developed by Rislone to make up for the lack of lubrication in modern fuels. It forms a protective barrier inside the cylinders that prevents carbon from sticking. Instead of forming deposits, the carbon is burned off and exits with the exhaust.

    Since it is packaged in Rislone’s new EZ NozzleTM/MC bottle, Fuel Injector Cleaner can be used in all vehicles, including those with capless or obstructed fuel systems. A built-in flow valve delays the pour to ensure users have time to properly insert the bottle into any filler neck. When inserted into a capless or obstructed fuel tank, the patent-pending Rislone EZ Nozzle opens the fuel system safety door and allows the additive to flow in smoothly. Rislone super-concentrated additives are the only products on the market that can be easily installed directly into capless fuel systems without the need for ancillary equipment.

    Like all Rislone products, Fuel Injector Cleaner is made in North America. It works in all fuel-injected, turbo, direct-injected and carbureted engines. Users simply pour the entire bottle into the fuel tank; one 177 mL bottle of Fuel Injector Cleaner treats 76 liters (20 gallons) of fuel.

    Fuel Injector Cleaner is available to distribution in case packs of 12 bottles. For more information about the full line of Rislone premium performance chemicals, visit www.rislone.ca, email info@rislone.com or call (800) 521-7475. You can also follow Rislone on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Rislone.

    For more product information visit:

    In the United States: http://barsproducts.com/catalog/view/29-fuel-injector-cleaner-6-oz-4701

    In Canada: http://rislone.ca/catalog/view/50-injector-cleaner-with-fuel-conditioner-treatment-34701

    In Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Columbia, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic: http://rislone.mx/catalog/view/92-limpiador-de-inyectores-con-acondicionador-y-tratamiento-de-combustible-24701

    In Australia, New Zealand, N. Caledonia, Fiji, Samoa and PNG: http://rislone.com.au/catalog/view/109-fuel-injector-cleaner-44701

  • "This Is the ONLY One I Have Used that Actually Worked!"

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    Posted on July 25, 2013 by Jeff Ventura

    We just received this email from Cody C. from Boise, Idaho. Cody used Bar's Leaks Cooling System Repair 2-Part Formula (p/n 1150) on his Ford Bronco II, which he said had a "very, very bad leak":

    I had an extremely bad leak on my 1988 Ford Bronco II. From what i could tell it was coming from the water pump pulley area. I put the Bar's Leaks Cooling System Repair 2-Part formula in. Now to explain a little more this was a very, very bad leak, to the point where i would have to put coolant in daily!

    Within twenty minutes of driving around the leak was stopped 100 percent! I have used a lot of different products that say they will do something but this is the ONLY one I have used that actually worked! Thank you so much! I will have a bottle of this stuff in every one of my vehicles in my emergency kit from now on. I would recommend this product to anyone!

    Cody, we say this to everyone who writes us, but thanks for trusting your dollars to your product, and double-thanks for writing in to tell us about your experience. Customers like you make it all worthwhile. Rock on!

  • "Bob Negativity" Says, "This Is Simply the Best Fuel Additive I Have Ever Used!"

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    Posted on July 9, 2013 by Jeff Ventura

    Bob G. from Rogers, AR just sent us this testimonial. It's important to note that Bob calls himself "Mr. Negativity" because he's a self-proclaimed cynic, and he's also a Six Sigma Black Belt. In other words, Bob is one of the toughest, smartest and most skeptical customers around.

    Here's what he says about our Rislone Gasoline Fuel System Treatment (p/n 4700):

    My friends and co-workers look to me when they need a logical straight forward position as to why urban myths in life and the work place are not true. I am a sceptic and often refered to as "Bob Negativity." I believe in fact(s), not opinion and am a Six Sigma Black Belt. Enough said about proving what a cynic I am.

    I have tried many types of fuel system cleaners, probably every one at least once. After I refill the tank, the improvement is gone along with the octane bounce in the additive. I had not seen your Rislone 2 part Fuel System Treatment (4700) until 2 weeks ago. I thought at least I would get an octane bump and this would be the last treatment attempt before I purchased new injectors for my 2004 Excursion 5.4L Gas engine. It just ran rough, idled poorly. (Forget gas milage, it's an Excursion.) I had 1/2 a tank of gas (22 galons) and I poured in one bottle and within 10 min. of driving the engine with 170K miles of powering my overweight beast suddenly ran smooth.

    Again, allow me to re-introduce myself: Bob Negativity.

    Two tanks of gas later (sadly 10 days), the engine is still running smooth, and idle is like new. THIS IS SIMPLY THE BEST FUEL SYSTEM ADDITIVE I HAVE EVER USED! I will be treating my 86 300E, 99 Taurus Duratec, 93 Mustang Conv., 04 Pacifica next week. I believe quality is not an accident -- it only occurs with care, attention and proven controls in place. I am now going to buy 4 bottles of your 4401 "Zinc oil treatment". This time with the trust of knowing you are a quality company. Based on the preformance and price of the product may I add lean.

    Sincerely, Bob "Negativity", your new loyal customer

    Bob, many thanks for writing in to tell us about yourself and your experience. Anytime we can prove our products to a skeptic and educated, fact-driven customer, we all high-five ourselves. It's why we're in business.

    Rock on, Bob, and please keep spreading the word about Rislone fuel products. We're not the first to the fuel game, but we're aiming to be the best.

  • Bar's Leaks Liquid Copper: "Super Gnarly Juice"

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    Posted on June 27, 2013 by Jeff Ventura

    R. Wilson, who purchased our Bar's Leaks Liquid Copper Block Seal Intake & Radiator Stop Leak at O'Reilly Auto Parts in Port Orchard, WA, writes:

    I had a heavy coolant leak this morning in a local grocery store parking lot.  I put your copper based stuff in my radiator, followed the directions on the bottle and the leak is completely gone! Not one drop comes out. Super gnarly juice...

    "Super gnarly juice" is probably the coolest thing our product has ever been called. Literally, we're all walking around the lab here calling it by that name. Thanks, R. Wilson, for starting that trend. Rock on, and thanks for writing!

  • "Thanks for Putting Out a Product That Lives Up to the Hype"

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    Posted on June 6, 2013 by Jeff Ventura

    We just got this email testimonial from Gary C. of Livonia, MI about our Rislone Fuel Injector Cleaner with UCL, and it's a one of the best we've ever received. Gary writes:

    Hi,

    Just wanted to say thanks.  You see, I read a Facebook post back in November or so where someone mentioned the mileage improvement that could be obtained through the use of your Rislone fuel injector cleaner.  I didn't think much of it, in fact I kind of thought there is no way a little bottle of magic potion can make much of a difference, especially since my Jeep is relatively new.

    A little background: I have a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.  It just turned 10,000 miles so still pretty much new.  Of course within a few weeks of purchasing it I had added about 300 pounds and a lot of roll resistance with larger tires, bumpers etc. I started tracking my mileage and it was dismal (all data points were during winter, December to early April):

    12.36 mpg, 11.76 mpg, 12.32 mpg, 12.87 mpg, 12.8 mpg

    I pretty much do all city driving but this was ridiculous.  So I decided to try your product.  The results were good enough that I felt compelled to write this email.  First tank 13.38 mpg, I'm thinking not bad but is it worth it?  Then:

    13.94 mpg, 13.85 mpg, 14.02 mpg 15.14 mpg (drove a little on the expressway)

    Other than the last data point it was all city driving. So basically I'm converted, I don't think I'll ever stop using this stuff. Thanks for putting out a product that lives up to the hype. 

    Side note, now that we are back to summer gas I'm averaging in the mid 16s which puts me within the EPA estimates even after all my mods.  I attached some pics of the Jeep, first one is stock, second one modded but it's usually cleaner.

    Thanks,
    Gary

    Gary attached pictures of his 2012 Jeep, before and after mods. Check out his rig:

    BEFORE MODS

    AFTER MODS

    Many thanks to Gary for not only sending us his thoughts and pictures, but also conducting an informal study of the effects of Rislone Fuel Injector Cleaner with UCL. Cheers!