Identifying Vehicle Fluid Leaks

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Finding a leak from your car can be a problem. Is it a serious issue or something normal? We have put together a short video to help you discover what fluid is leaking from the vehicle.

  • Antifreeze fluid is green, although sometimes it can be blue or pink. Antifreeze is also known as coolant, and is used in your radiator to maintain car temperature, so these leaks can lead to overheating.
  • Gas is easy to identify because of the smell.
  • Oil leaks can range from yellow to black, depending on how long it has been since you last changed your oil. Oil is a necessary lubricant in your car and leaks should be checked out.
  • Brake fluid can be clear or yellow and feels oily, and if you think you’re leaking brake fluid, don’t drive until a professional can have a look.
  • Transmission fluid is red, thick, and oily.
  • Power steering fluid, much like oil, can be clear or black depending on cleanliness. A sign that it’s leaking is if your car is difficult to steer.
  • Windshield washer fluid is usually blue, thin, and watery.
  • Plain water is condensation from air conditioning and is nothing to worry about.

This clip above will demonstrate all the leaks you might observe. Check it out to help identify what is leaking.

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