Types of Car Fluid Leaks

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you head to your garage or parking lot, and you notice a pool of fluid oozing from underneath your vehicle? To many, a puddle of vehicle fluid is an indication of a serious issue. While that might be true, most car fluid leaks are not that serious. You can fix them by taking the vehicle to a trusted auto repair shop. If you notice a puddle of ooze, it might be one of the following fluids.

Engine Oil

Engine oil leaks are the most common and appear toward the front of the vehicle. To confirm an engine oil leak, open your hood and use the dipstick to check for engine oil level. Unconventionally, you can dip your finger in the fluid. It is engine oil if it is brown/black and has a burnt smell. Check underneath the vehicle to ensure that the oil pan plug and filter are in place. If they are, then you should bring your car to our shop for an oil pan inspection.

Transmission Fluid Leak

The transmission-fluid leak is usually red or pink in color and smells like gasoline. A similarly colored puddle will automatically mean a transmission fluid leak. It might be challenging to distinguish transmission fluid from oil. If it's leaking, the pool is usually beneath the transmission system, particularly at the axles' sealing points. The only remedy would be to change the fluid.

Brake Fluid Leak

A brake-fluid leak is slick to touch and is slightly thinner than engine oil. The downside to a brake fluid leak is that it can occur anywhere underneath the vehicle. A leak may cause a loss of braking power, which can lead to serious road accidents. It's better to have the leak addressed by one of our professionals.

Coolant/Antifreeze Leak

Antifreeze leaks can either occur in the front of the vehicle or from the exhaust pipes. The coolant is slightly thicker than water but thinner than engine oil. If you notice a green, red, or pink pigment, it is most likely an antifreeze leak. The coolant is highly toxic and must be kept away from children and pets.

Power Steering Fluid Leak

Loose/damaged gaskets and seals cause a leak within the power steering system. The fluid smells like transmission fluid and is slick and slightly thinner than engine oil. Because it is difficult to distinguish between power steering fluid and transmission fluid, it would be best to take the vehicle to our professional mechanics to service it.

If you notice a leak and need an inspection, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our trusted auto repair shop today!