Your vehicle, sturdy and strong, relies on several types of fluid to stay cool and lubricated. If any component springs a leak, ignoring the issue is not an option. To give you an idea of where the leak originated, here’s a look at fluid colors and consistencies.
If you find a dirty brown or black puddle beneath your car, it’s usually motor oil. You can do a quick cursory check to determine oil levels and drive the car to a professional (if the leak isn’t substantial). If the puddle is large or oil levels too low, it might be better to have it towed. Either way, motor oil protects the engine, so you need a thorough evaluation ASAP.
Thick Brown or Thin Red
If you notice one of these pairings on your driveway or garage floor, it likely means a transmission leak. Since a damaged transmission makes driving difficult, you should have the car towed to a shop right away.
Although this type resembles transmission fluid, if it appears near the front of your car, it’s more likely power steering fluid. You can check the level and refill it to get you to a service station, but a power steering leak will hinder maneuverability, so it might make more sense to have it towed.
Light Brown and Slick
Slippery light brown puddles usual point to brake fluid, and like most leaks, the car shouldn’t be driven. Since brakes use hydraulic pressure to stop the car, a leak can mean outright failure, and a car that won’t stop effectively isn’t worth the risk. Have it towed and serviced as soon as possible.
Green, Yellow, Orange or Pink
Coolant leaks are easy to spot, as the coloring is bright and distinctive. When you see green, yellow, orange or pink fluid, it can mean a damaged radiator or loose hoses. Regardless of the cause, your car can overheat without enough of this fluid, so your smartest bet is to have it towed and serviced right away.
Over time, windshield wipers can weaken or break, causing blue wiper fluid to leak. On the up side, this issue isn’t immediately dangerous (unless you’re in the midst of a storm), so driving to a trusted mechanic isn’t out of the question.
Clear fluid means one thing–a water leak. Also not an emergency, it usually means extra condensation from the air conditioner. When you can, have the A/C unit checked and serviced to make sure everything is in working order.
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