What to Do if You Have an Automotive Fluid Leak

In many cases, an automotive fluid leak coming from your car is a sign of trouble. Your vehicle is telling you something is wrong. It may be a minor fix like replacing a worn seal or damaged fluid line. It could be something more significant like a crack in the radiator or transmission housing. Here are a few tips to help you know what to do if you have a fluid leak:

Automotive Fluid or Water?

If you are running the air conditioner in your car, there will naturally be some condensation built up in the A/C unit. You may notice some water dripping underneath the vehicle. This is no big deal and it happens naturally as everything cools down after you turn the vehicle off. An excessive amount of water or something that is clearly another type of fluid should catch your attention and prompt a service visit.

Where is the Leak Coming From?

One way to help identify what type of automotive fluid is leaking is to look where it is coming from. You can try to get under your vehicle or just get a basic sense from off to the side. For example, a fluid leak coming from under the center chassis is likely the transmission. Near the wheels it may be brake fluid or hydraulic fluid from your suspension. Under the very front of the car is probably coolant coming from the radiator. 

What Color is the Fluid?

Another identifying factor is the color of the automotive fluid. Most fluids have distinctive colors to help tell them apart:

  • Engine Oil - Light yellow/brown when new, darker brown or black when old
  • Automatic Transmission Fluid - Red
  • Brake Fluid - Pale yellow or yellow/brown
  • Radiator Coolant - Bright green/yellow (sometimes pink or orange)
  • Power Steering Fluid - Pinkish
  • Windshield Washer Fluid - Blue

There are some variations to be found, but these are the most common colors for these different types of automotive fluids.

What if it is Gasoline?

If you notice that gasoline or diesel fuel is leaking from your vehicle, do not wait to have it checked out. This could be extremely dangerous to drive with a fuel leak. You may have a problem with your gas tank or a fuel line that should be fixed as soon as possible.

Really, any automotive fluid leak should be cause for concern. It's best to get your vehicle inspected by an auto repair expert who can identify the fluid and determine the source of the leak in order to perform proper repair services. 

If you have a fluid leak in Northern Delaware, count on Fox Run Auto to help you take care of it. Call us today at (302) 597-9205 or schedule your service appointment online.


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