Automotive Troubleshooting : How to Know if Your Car Has a Fluid Leak

Automotive Troubleshooting : How to Know if Your Car Has a Fluid Leak


Dave Erb here from Dave’s Ultimate Automotive.
We are going to be talking about how to tell
if your car has a fluid leak. I get complaints
all the time when people see drips and drops
on the ground and they want to know if they
have a fluid leak. Well if you see something
on the ground and it’s looks like a fluid,
you very likely have a fluid leak. The hard
part is discerning what fluid that is, where
it came from and what you should do about
it. And don’t, you know some people actually
misdiagnose a fluid leak as just condensation,
just natural condensation from the AC being
more then it usually is because of humid day
or that drain gets clogged and they see some
fluid on their floorboard of their car, because
that condensation will back up, you know being
clogged which allows that fluid to back up
an then go into the floorboard. So to discern
if you have a fluid leak or not, first I’d
would say to check your fluids on a regular
basis and see if anyone of them is getting
low. Another word if you see something on
the ground and it dissipates or goes away,
and you are not sure exactly what’s leaking
you check that system such as the cooling
system, or the transmission fluid or any number
of systems that have fluid in it, oil, power
steering, washer whatever and also if you
keep having to add fluid to it, that’s more
then likely where your fluid leak is coming
from. Also color, it can tell you more about
where it comes from, green being coolant,
and red possibly being coolant, red and oily
being transmission fluid, power steering fluid
is kind of tan or brown. Sometimes the washer
fluid a lot of times is blue, because the
concentrate of the mix is blue so. You know
pay attention to what color it is, what part
of the car it comes from, and don’t be worried
about you know, liquids that are clear and
dry up are probably condensation from the
AC. Sometimes on a real humid day you’ll get
even stuff dripping out of your exhaust, it
will be sooty and dark and you’ll see that
on the ground, and be worried that you have
a leak. So pay attention where it comes from,
what color it is, how frequent it is, and
if you need any fluids is getting low and
you have to top them off, that’s how you tell
if you have a fluid leak or not.

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