Common Car Fluid Leaks & How To Identify Them

October 14, 2019

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Uh-oh, you pulled away from your friend's driveway only to notice an embarrassing puddle of fluid where your car was parked. But is this "puddle" a signal of concern? The good news is that it’s not too difficult to decipher these spots and tell whether the fluid leak is a harmless drip or a serious problem to be fixed ASAP. You can identify what is dripping (or leaking) by its color and consistency. If the spot is light brown to black, most likely it is engine oil. Reddish and thin or brown and thick usually is transmission fluid. Reddish or light brown and then is in indication of power steering fluid. Yellow, green or pink and slimy is usually engine coolant. Clear to brown and slick is usually brake fluid and clear and thin is generally water dripping from the air conditioning system. With the exception of water, each indicate your vehicle isn't holding its fluids and needs to be seen by a mechanic.  Particularly if you notice brake fluid. It is one of the most dangerous leaks to worry about.  If you see that clear to brown and slick puddle under your car (it’ll be even more slippery to the touch than engine oil or transmission fluid), don’t even try driving it but get it towed right away as a leak means your braking system may not work.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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