Is Your Vehicle Showing Signs of a Leak?

Your car requires several different fluids to ensure it is lubricated, powered and functioning. This means that occasionally, you might notice a leak. When this happens, it is important to observe its color and characteristics. For instance,

• Engine oil is Light brown or dark

• Brake fluid is usually Transparent to dark and sticky

• Transmission fluid is Reddish and light or viscous and brown

• Coolant fluid can be Icky, yellow, greenish, or pinkish

• Power steering fluid will be reddish or light brown

• Clear and thin water can be from several parts of the car

How to tell if your vehicle is really leaking

If you suspect that your car is leaking, there are ways to confirm this and evaluate the situation.

Caution Light on the Dashboard

There are several dashboard lights in newer vehicles. These are intended to notify you of a variety of potential engine problems. A number of factors, including the fluid making the transmission heat up more than usual, might cause your transmission indicator to illuminate. Use your owner's manual to confirm what each warning light means and fix the issue as fast as possible.

Drops of Fluid

This is one of the simplest methods for determining whether your car is dripping fluid. Look on the floor where you usually park or below your car. Your carport or driveway will get stains of different colors from the leaking fluids. Inspect all of your oil and fluid levels if you see any stains to ensure everything is in order.

A burning odor

Gas may not even seep onto the floor if it is coming from someplace in the engine. Rather, it could spill onto an additional engine component. The oil may combust as the engine warms up. It will emit a pungent, piercing scent of fumes while it does so. When your vehicle achieves optimum temperature and the smell of burned oil fills the air, you need to stop driving as soon as you can and check your oil levels.

Leakages in vehicles should never be taken lightly. If you notice any type of leak from your vehicle, we invite you to bring your car to Snider Auto Care today.

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