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Drip, Drip, Drip: Diagnosing
Your Carís Leaks
ou just got out of your car and you notice a
big leak when you get out of your car. Well, if it isnít water
then it could be a little problematic or it could be a big problem
for you. However, before you panic, there is a way to determine what
is going on by simply locating where the leak is coming from and
checking the color of the leak. Thatís right. In diagnosing what
is causing the leak, you can tell a great deal by determining what
color the leak is. For example, is the leak black, clear, blue, red,
green or clear? Once you determine this, it will be much easier for
you to pinpoint what is going on with your car. In this article, we
will discuss what each color means.
Leaks: Red leaks signal leaking in the area of the
transmission. To determine if this is the case, check to see
where the leak is coming from. For example, if the leak is
coming from the radiator area, the cooler hoses from the
transmission to the radiator are leaking. Note: With these types
of leaks, you need to fix them quick-before they ruin the
or Light Red Leaks: Clear and light red leaks indicate power
steering leaks. The color will depend on the color of automatic
transmission fluid that your car uses. The important thing is to
pay attention to the exact location of the leak.
Leaks. If you see a black puddle then you likely have a
motor oil leak. If your engine is using more than a quart every
800 miles this engine oil leak could be dangerous and if the oil
is leaking on the exhaust system, it can cause fire so be
careful and get it checked out right away.
oily leaks: If you see this color, you likely have a manual
transmission or differential leak. If you also smell a strong
odor that smells like machines, you might have a gear lube leak.
Leaks: You probably have leaking windshield washer fluid.
Leaks: If you see a green leak, you likely have leaking
cooling system parts. If it is coming from the front engine are,
check the water pump. If you have a leak in the grille area,
check the radiator and if you have a leak from the dashboard,
check your hoses or heaters. However, make sure that you fix any
of these leaks right away or you might damage your engine.
Whatever the drip, you want to be sure to get it fixed right away!
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