Unfortunately, no matter how reliable your vehicle is, most likely one day you are going to see some form of fluid leaking from the bottom of it. If or when this occurs or happens, you’re probably going to be stressed and concerned about what the leaking fluid is and what it also means and could potentially mean for your car. Many thoughts will be rushing through your mind, but two of your main concerns will be if your car is safe to drive, and how much the repairs will cost. Being concerned is good, however, before you get too worried, you should have an idea of how to properly examine the fluids and determine where they’re from, and what issue could be at hand, in your car so you can plan accordingly.
If your vehicle is leaking red fluid, it usually means that either your transmission, or power steering system is leaking. This leak could be caused by either a faulty transmission seal, or a hole in the return line that sends the fluid from one system to another. To resolve this and dry the leak up, you should ask for a Transmission System Evaluation.
If your vehicle is leaking orange fluid, it could be caused by one of several things. One of the possibilities is rust in your radiator, which is can cause antifreeze or condensation to leak, and appear orange. One other possibility is transmission fluid, transmission fluid can look orange depending on how old it is. To resolve this and dry the leak up, you should ask for an AC System Leak Evaluation.
If your vehicle is leaking yellow fluid, then most likely the radiator coolant is the culprit. However, this type of leak can also be caused by either a loose hose clamp, or a damaged o-ring. Many vehicle manufacturers provide a recommendation about a specific type of coolant you should use. If you follow the manufacturers recommendation and use the proper coolant, leaks are less likely to occur. To resolve this and dry the leak up, you should ask for an AC System Leak Evaluation.
If your vehicle is leaking green fluid, it is most likely an antifreeze leak. Antifreeze can leak from many different areas, but it most generally leaks from the water pump, hoses, or even the radiator when fittings, hoses, clamps or other components have gotten too old or are not attached correctly. Leaks are more likely to happen if you don’t use the proper type antifreeze. As we stated above, many manufacturers give a recommendation of the type of fluid you should use for your vehicle. To use the proper type of antifreeze you should look at your owner’s. To resolve this and dry the leak up, you should ask for an AC System Leak Evaluation.
If your vehicle is leaking blue fluid, it is most likely windshield wiper fluid. The area where the fluid is kept and tubing that carries the windshield wiper fluid through your wiper blades can degrade over time and through usage. This erosion or degradation could potentially result in leaks. To resolve this and dry the leak up, you should ask to have your windshield wiper components evaluated.
If your vehicle is leaking clear fluid, there most likely isn’t a problem, so you are probably in great shape! Typically, any clear fluid leaking from your vehicle is just condensation from your cooling system. However, if you are worried about your vehicle’s air conditioning system, we offer an A/C Check.
- Dark Brown
If your vehicle is leaking dark brown fluid, it could be due to several different issues within your vehicle. When oil for your motor gets older, it becomes more of a dark brown and begins to get thicker, and eventually turns black. This is different from brake fluid because it has a darker brown appearance. Whichever may be the case, stopping by our shop for a fluid leak evaluation will help you asses and identify the issue and get on your way – leak free!
- Light Brown
If your vehicle is leaking light brown fluid, it is usually one of two things, it could be either newer motor oil or gear lubricant. One difference is that gear lubricant typically has a bad smell associated with it. Motor oil really only emits an odor when it is burning. If you think your vehicle may be leaking engine oil or gear oil, we recommend scheduling a fluid leak evaluation as soon as possible
If your vehicle is leaking pink fluid, it most likely is also one of two things, one possibility is steering fluid, another possibility is transmission fluid. These leaks are most typically caused by an aged seal, or a hole in the return line. However, these are typically easier to fix. To resolve this and dry the leak up, you should ask for a Transmission System Evaluation.
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