Identify Common Types of Fluid Leaks
Are you experiencing signs of fluid leaks on your garage floor? If you have spent a long time behind the wheels, you know that fluid leaks are never a good sign. Additionally, if it is your first time being a car owner; it would be helpful if you learn to identify the common types of car fluid leaks and what you can do about them.
Here is a list of fluid leaks you may experience.
Engine Oil Leak
First, you need to understand that engine oil does not create puddle underneath your car. If it does you need to get it checked by a professional mechanic. It is vicious than the other fluids like automatic transmission fluid and power steering fluid.
Engine oil leaks could be because of many reasons. It can be because of the gaskets in your engine are already wearing out or there may be bad connections in the hoses. It could be due to some other reasons. Whatever the reason, it makes sense to have a professional check out it.
You can identify an engine oil leak by putting a paper beneath the engine for a night. The next morning, oil stains on the paper may reveal an engine oil leak.
Transmission Fluid Leak
Diagnosing a leaking transmission system is quite easier. You can get an indication from the location of the leak. If you know the position of the transmission, it would be a lot easier to identify the source of the leak.
Transmission fluid is red and you can differentiate transmission leak through reddish stains. If it has been long since you changed it you will notice that it has a brownish color. It is also less vicious than motor oil.
In automatic cars, you can suspect a transmission fluid leak if you notice that the car is revving without the gear being engaged. Manual gear cars may use the car’s manufacturer transmission and some models gear oil or motor oil will be used.
You can test transmission fluid leak by placing a paper beneath the position of the transmission. It resembles the engine oil leak bu the location distinguishes the two.
Antifreeze or Engine Coolant Leak
The coolant is used to squander heat from the hot engine to the radiator. The radiator has a set of pipes. These pipes often develop cracks over time and leak the coolant. The leak can be identified by the color of the coolant – which is normally green, orange, yellow, or red.
The color may vary depending on the brand, but these colors are the most common. The location of the coolant leak is generally under the radiator or the pipes connecting the radiator.
Power Steering Fluid Leak
It may not be easy to diagnose a power steering fluid leak as some cars use transmission instead. The power steering ensures that you can control your steering with minimum effort. However, check for leaks if it takes more effort to turn the steering wheel.
Brake Fluid Leak
Brakes are important for the safety of passengers. Driving a car with faulty brakes can be dangerous. The color of brake fluid is brown and it is more slippery than the engine or transmission fluid. The brake fluid leak can be seen under the brake fluid reservoir, brake pedal and sometimes under the tires where the braking system connects with the wheels.
With the depletion of brake fluid, you will experience problems with the caliper and the brake pads will not grasp tightly the rotors.
· Fuel Leak
The fuel does not need much effort on your part to be identified. The smell of the fuel is a sure giveaway. If the smell is like gas, then it is gas.
A fuel leak could be because of a problem in the gas tank or an issue with the fuel pump. However, you need to do something about it before it increases the burden on your pocket.
Water has various uses in the car. It is the natural product of some of the processes in your car. It is normal to find some droplets under the exhaust system when you power the car in the morning. However, the presence of water droplets under the hood of the car indicates there could be a leak in the cooling system or problem with the air conditioner.
In the hot and humid weather, your car’s AC will have to take care of the moisture from inside the cabin. This is drained out to the ground through a hose. You may notice water crawling from under the front right portion of your car especially on hot and humid days, but it should not be an issue.