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Identifying Vehicle Fluid Leaks

Realizing your car is leaking is a stressful situation. You may be worried that it's something problematic, or is it something that is normal? We have put together a short video to help identify what liquid is dripping from your 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 valuable lubricant in your vehicle 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 vary from clear to black depending on how clean you've left it. An indication that you have a leak in steering difficult.
  • Windshield washer fluid is usually blue, thin, and watery.
  • Plain water is condensation from air conditioning, and is nothing to worry about.
The video above will show examples of all the different leaks you might see. Check it out to help identify what is leaking.