Is there a constant spot on your driveway or garage floor that leaves you wondering what is it and where is it coming from? hope fully this will help …
Engine oil Can look amber in color if it’s new, but usually it’s dark brownish. If you haven’t changed your oil in a million miles it may look like thick black sludge. It will also leave slickness on your fingers that’s hard to get off without soap. Oil can leak from gaskets, seals on the front or rear of an engine, from valve covers or from the oil pan. Sometimes oil can leak from many places at once. If you see a spot make sure to check the oil level and make sure there is enough left in the engine to drive safely.
Transmission fluid Usually looks reddish and has a sheen, some come in other colors and can feel heavier or thinner than oil. If you suspect your transmission is leaking , look at your owner’s manual to see how to check the fluid level – or look it up on YouTube – If you rub the fluid between your fingers and see small flecks of metal it may indicate larger issues than just a leak so make sure to bring your vehicle in and have it checked out.
Power-steering fluid Is usually also reddish, and on some cars it’s the same as the transmission fluid. Check the fluid level in the power-steering reservoir to see if it’s low. Also pay careful attention when your turning corners if you hear a grinding when you turn or the steering wheel becomes hard to turn it’s a good indication the fluid is coming from your power-steering.
Engine coolant It used to be just green, but these days coolant can be, yellow, pink, purple or a lot of other colors, check your overflow tank to see what’s in your radiator. If the tank is empty you’ve found your problem. Coolant feels kind of like slimy water and smells sweet. Leaks can come from the tank, the radiator, the water pump, hoses or a lot of other places but, for your safety, wait until your engine is cold before opening the radiator cap.
Brake fluid Is light brown or almost clear when new, but typically it’s a lot darker. It’s also slick feeling and you need it to stop your car so treat a brake fluid leak as an emergency. Check the brake fluid level the fluid reservoir is normally located under the hood, on the driver’s side of the vehicle, against the back of the engine compartment. If the reservoir is low come in immediately to have the problem fixed. If you the reservoir is empty and you don’t have access to more have your car towed do not drive.
A few drips of fluid on your driveway shouldn’t trigger a panic, especially on an older car. Seepage and minor leaks are common especially on cars that you commute in every day but, any leak can turn into a major issue if the problem is not repaired. Be sure to check all your fluids regularly especially before long trips just to make sure all is well, you can have a leak even if it’s not leaving a spot. Or bring it on by and we would be happy to check it out for you!
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