You move your car out of your parking space and notice there’s a spot or puddle on the ground. This leaves you wondering if your vehicle is in trouble and breaking down soon. However, you shouldn’t get yourself worked up too quick because it could just be a harmless leak. There is a simple solution to find out if you have a minor or major issue on your hands. After you park your car for the night, place some newspaper under your car. Remove the paper in the morning and get ready to read the fluid color.
You may wonder how to determine what is leaking. Depending on the color and consistency of the fluid, you should be able to tell if you have a minor issue, or a fluid leak that requires a professional repair. Below are the most common colors of leakage you might find coming from your car.
Red: Transmission or power steering system
Orange: Radiator or transmission
Yellow: Radiator coolant
Blue: Windshield wiper fluid
Clear: Water condensation
Dark Brown: Old motor oil or brake fluid
Light Brown: New motor oil or gear lubricant
Pink: Power steering fluid or transmission fluid
If the fluid color you find on your paper still leaves you confused, you can always take your vehicle in to your local auto repair shop. A professional mechanic can assess the leakage and let you know exactly what is going on.
Now you know how to determine what is leaking! Our master technicians have years of servicing all types of vehicles. We offer quality customer service and do our best to keep your vehicle running as long as possible. Leaks can cause you worries and we want to take some of those worries away. We will fix your vehicle in a timely manner and give you tips on when you should get your vehicle serviced to avoid additional leakage. Contact us today for a free inspection!