Why is My Car Leaking Water?

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If your car is leaking water, we understand that you may be concerned about the cause. Fortunately, this is usually not a serious issue. In most cases, water leaking from under a car comes from condensation created by the car’s air conditioning system. Small puddles of water near the back of the engine compartment are normal. You may also see water near the tailpipe that is due to exhaust condensation. This will go away after the muffler warms up. If your car is leaking fluids that are not water, though, it can be cause for concern. Basil Resale Sheridan & Basil Resale Transit has the details on how to tell if it’s water or something else that’s leaking.

Is Your Car Leaking Fluids?

Not sure if it is water leaking from under the car or something more significant? The steps below can help you pinpoint the issue.

  • Place a sheet of paper under the leak. If the fluid is not water, you will see color on the paper.
  • If you notice a significant amount of water is coming from your exhaust, a blown gasket could be to blame. You may also notice smoke coming out of the exhaust.
  • If you think your vehicle may be leaking coolant, check the coolant level.
  • Leaks can also come from a cracked windshield wiper fluid reservoir. If you added water to the wiper fluid in a pinch, that water can freeze in the reservoir. When that frozen water expands, it can crack the container.

If you have determined that the leak is not simply condensation, it is best to have your vehicle looked at by a professional.

What Fluid is Leaking from My Car?

If you performed the test with a sheet of paper and have noticed that the fluid is a color other than clear, this guide can help you determine what the fluid may be.

  • Red – Transmission Fluid or Power Steering Fluid
  • Orange – Transmission Fluid or Radiator Coolant
  • Yellow – Radiator Coolant
  • Green – Antifreeze from Water Pump, Hoses, or Radiator
  • Blue – Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Dark Brown – Brake Fluid or Older Engine Oil
  • Light Brown – Newer Engine Oil or Gear Lubricant
  • Pink – Power Steering Fluid or Transmission Fluid

Turn to Basil Resale Sheridan & Basil Resale Transit for Trusted Automotive Service

If your car is leaking water or a different type of fluid, the team at Basil Resale Sheridan & Basil Resale Transit would be more than happy to inspect your vehicle for you. Contact us today if you have any questions.

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