Have you ever found an ominous puddle or spot on the ground from your car after it’s been parked a while? It might seem like your car is dying a slow death. Not to worry, you can learn to decipher those mysterious spots and whether or not the leak is an innocent drip or an urgent issue that needs addressing right away.
There are three key items to recognize when looking at vehicle leaks: location, consistency and color. You can try putting aluminum foil or newspaper underneath your car at night and then analyze the spots in the morning.
Here is a guide to help you read your car’s leak and know if you need to get it fixed sooner rather than later. Please note that locations given are examples and may not match every make and car model.
Location: Radiator, hoses, water pump (Front end of the vehicle)
Consistency & Color: Slimy green, pink or yellow
Priority: Low. Fill up your coolant and keep an extra gallon in your vehicle. Pick up a new thermostat on your next trip out.
Location: A/C or exhaust condensation (Front end just behind radiator)
Consistency & Color: Thinner than engine oil and reddish -or- thicker than engine oil and light brown/black
Fluid: Transmission fluid
Priority: Medium. Check your transmission level and fill. Schedule service for your car within 24-48 hours to track down and fix the leak.
Differential Fluid Leak
Location: Pinion seal or other seals (under middle back end of car)
Consistency & Color: Thicker than engine oil and light brown/black
Fluid: Differential fluid
Priority: Medium. Take it in to be diagnosed within 24-48 hours.
Location: fuel tank, fuel pump, fuel lines, injectors (back end of car)
Consistency & Color: smells light fuel
Priority: Medium. If the puddle is near the rear of your car, it’s likely the tank you will need to replace or repair. If it’s near the front, it likely something wrong with your fuel pump. Take it in for repairs.
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