Sherman Oaks Auto Repair

My Car is Leaking Fluid - What Does It Mean?

You park your vehicle, walk into your home, and come back out later to find a stream of liquid running from underneath your vehicle. Leaks happen often with vehicles considering how many fluids our vehicles use to run properly. If you do notice a leak, the first thing you should do is take a closer look. Try to get a good idea of the color and consistency - this will help better pinpoint the source of the leak.

If the leak has a color or viscosity similar to an oil, we recommend bringing your vehicle into our shop at your earliest convenience. A fluid leak can be a sign of a crack or break in a line or hose somewhere in your vehicle. This can cause extremely damaging effects on your car and can progress the issue even further if you continue to drive.

When you bring your vehicle into our repair shop, be sure to let our staff members know when you saw the leak, where it seems to originate from, and the color and viscosity of the liquid. This will help our mechanics get an idea of where the problem is stemming from. Once we determine the exact cause of the issue, we will determine the repairs needed to restore your vehicle back to top working condition.

Here are common vehicle leak colors and what they can indicate:

  • Red/Pink - Transmission or Power Steering Fluid
  • Orange - Antifreeze
  • Yellow - Radiator Coolant
  • Green - Antifreeze
  • Blue - Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Brown - Motor Oil or Gear Lubricant

As soon as you notice any of the leak colors listed above, bring your car to us and we'll get you back on the road in no time!

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