What’s Leaking from My Car?
What's Leaking from My Car?
If you are experiencing a leak from your vehicle and are unsure where it is coming from, follow the indications of various system leaks. Sometimes leaks can cause further damage, so avoid operating the vehicle if you are concerned about your safety or the vehicle's overall health. Contact us at Westside Acura, and we can assist you in identifying and repairing any types of leaks.
Different Types Of Vehicle Leaks
Your vehicle has many fluids helping it operate properly, and with time and age, your vehicle might start leaking fluids. The best way to avoid leaks is by following the service intervals and having your mechanic do regular check-ups to eliminate leaks before they become a serious problem. The common leaks to look out for include the following:
Depending on the condition of your oil, the leak will be either dark brown, black, or golden yellow. Oil leaking from your engine has various severity levels, and it mainly depends on how quickly it loses the oil. If you are constantly topping off your oil, make sure to visit our Service Centre to fix the leak, but if your oil is leaking quickly, you will want to opt for a tow-in. Oil leaks usually drip towards the front of the vehicle.
Transmission Fluid Leak
The transmission fluid will be either red or brown, and if you spot transmission fluid underneath your vehicle, you will want to get it serviced promptly. Without the appropriate fluid level inside the transmission, it will cause further damage that might require replacement or a rebuild.
Brake Fluid Leak
Spotting a brake fluid leak isn't the easiest as it comes in various colours, but most commonly, it is clear or light brown. It is also thin with an oily texture, and you can spot it near the wheels. If you suspect a leak from your brakes, don't drive your vehicle and have it towed to a shop.
As for coolant leaks, you will find them in various colours: green, pink, yellow, orange, and more. It is sticky and has a similar flow to water. If your leak is severe, don't drive the vehicle as it will cause overheating issues that will damage your engine.
Power Steering Leak
The colour for the power steering fluid is red or brown and usually will drip slowly. You will also feel reduced steering power assist, but you should start the diagnosis by ensuring that your vehicle has a power steering reservoir and check the level. If you can't find the reservoir under the hood, you might have electric power steering, and the leak is from another system.