This isn’t a fun game and sadly the reward for getting the correct answer is often an auto repair bill. However, being able to identify a fluid leaking from your car can let you know if you have a big problem or no problem at all. Here are some tips to helping you identify the fluid leaking from your car.
It’s Clear, You’re Likely in the Clear
Most of the time clear liquid is nothing more than condensation from your air conditioning. In Tampa, we run our AC most of the year so we’re more use to seeing clear puddles beneath the car. Of course, if there’s an odor to the liquid, there may be a problem.
Although some wiper fluid is green, most is blue. If you just filled yours and there’s just a small amount, you either missed or overfilled it. If there is a lot, you may have a crack in your vessel. Although this won’t affect the operation of your vehicle, it’s still a good idea to get it repaired.
Yellow or Brown
There are two possibilities for yellow or brown fluid. Both likely mean you need to head in for some auto repair. Yellow is most often an issue with your brakes. It’s not safe to drive your car if your brake fluid is gone. Although brake fluid starts off yellow, it turns brown when it needs to be replaced. So brown fluid may be brake fluid.
Brown fluid may also be oil. If you just had your oil changed and it’s just a little bit, go back to the oil change location and have them check that they tightened the filter and put everything back properly. If there is a lot, go to an auto repair center and have it looked at, the reasons for an oil leak are numerous.
You should be concerned if you see a pink or pinkish fluid leaking. You may have an issue with your power steering or transmission. If either of these is left unaddressed, you will end up with a major repair bill or even replacing your transmission.
Don’t risk big repairs when you notice leaking fluid from your car. Let your trusted auto repair center Oldsmar Automotive provide you with a diagnosis and estimate for repair. We’re located at 3166 Tampa Rd in Oldsmar. You can stop buy or call for an appointment – 727-784-3501.