Auto Troubleshooting: What’s Leaking from My Car?

by Brett & Kate McKay on September 6, 2011 · 40 comments

in Cars, Manly Skills

It’s happened to all of us. You walk into the garage to get into your car and see a puddle of something sitting under it. “Hmmm, what’s that?” you wonder. “Is it something serious? Will my car blow up on the way to Subway?”

Just as your body is filled with fluids that allow it to function properly, your car has a variety of liquids pumping through it that allow it to run at its best. And just as your body springs a few leaks from time to time, so too does your car (although it doesn’t have the option of wearing an adult diaper at its disposal).

Knowing how to identify that mysterious puddle under your car can help prevent small mechanical problems from turning into a $2,000 mechanic’s bill. So to learn how to decipher one leak from another, I visited KwikCar in Tulsa and talked with their mechanics.

Below we take a look at the most common car leaks and explain what they mean and whether or not you’ll die in a fireball before getting to eat your Cold Cut Trio.

Coolant (Antifreeze)

Coolant (or antifreeze) usually has a greenish color. Sometimes it’s bright orange or pink. But usually it’s green. It has a bit of a sticky, viscous feel to it.

Antifreeze is one of the most common leaks on cars. It’s not a serious leak to have, but you should get it fixed as soon as possible. Coolant regulates the temperature in your engine. Left unchecked, a coolant leak can lead to your engine overheating and your car dying on the side of the road. And let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than being stranded on the side of the road with an overheated car when it’s 105 degrees outside. Trust me.

Another reason to get coolant leaks fixed as soon as possible is because the stuff is extremely toxic to pets. Unfortunately, coolant has sort of a sweet smell and taste which makes it attractive to Mittens the family kitty (and to murderers who mix it into their victim’s drink). Unless you want to explain to the kiddos why Mittens had to go to a special “cat farm” where she can frolic with other fun-loving animals, get the leak fixed as soon as you can.)  Places to check for coolant leaks are the radiator, radiator hoses, heater hoses, and engine core plugs.

Gasoline

Leaking gas tank

Gas leaks are easy to identify. Does the puddle in your garage smell like gas? Yes? Okay, it’s probably gas.

Don’t worry. Just because you have a gas leak, doesn’t mean your car is about to blow up. In fact, some people drive around with gas leaks for months without having any problems. With gas prices as they are, the biggest risk is dribbling out nickels and dimes all over town. But don’t get me wrong. Fire and blowing-up-action-movie-style is still a risk with fuel leaks, so it’s important to get them taken care of immediately.

If you have a puddle of gas near the rear of the car, it probably means you have a leaky gas tank. (Minor gas tank leaks are actually pretty easy to repair on your own. Perhaps we’ll write something up about it in the future.) If the puddle is near the front, something’s probably wrong with the fuel pump. Also check the fuel lines for the source of the leak.

Oil

Another common fluid to drip from your car is good ol’ engine oil. If your car leaks oil in drips while your car is parked and leaves a puddle on your garage’s floor, take it into a mechanic and get it fixed ASAP. An oil leak can adversely affect oil levels in your car, and if left unchecked, can cause engine damage.

New oil has a yellowish brown color; older oil looks dark brown or black.

An oil leak can come from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to:

  • bad or worn oil gasket
  • oil filter not attached correctly
  • oil coolant line corroded
  • oil plug not secured properly
  • high oil pressure
You may notice that your car doesn’t leak oil in drips, but rather “seeps” oil slowly from various parts in the engine. The mechanic I talked to said that oil seepage is common in high-mileage cars and that you usually don’t lose enough oil between changes to adversely affect oil pressure. Just keep an eye on it, and if the seeps turn into drips, get it looked at as soon as you can.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is clear to yellowish in color and has a medium thickness and a slightly oily feel. If you see a puddle of liquid with these properties under your car, have your car towed to a mechanic immediately. Get your car towed even if you just suspect you’re leaking brake fluid. Don’t even try to drive your car over there. Here’s why.

Your car’s brake system works on a hydraulic pressure system. Brake fluid serves as the hydraulic fluid that maintains that pressure. A leak in brake fluid will cause a drop in pressure, possibly resulting in brake failure. That’s not something you want to happen as you’re cruising down Dead Man’s Hill going 60 MPH.

Fortunately, in most modern cars, brake fluid leaks are rare. If you do have one, you’ll usually find it near the wheels or in the area directly under the brake pedal.

Automatic Transmission Fluid

Automatic transmission fluid has sort of a light red color when it’s new and a dark red or brownish color when it’s old. It’s thick and has an almost oil-like feel. (Some manual transmission cars use transmission fluid, but most use gear oil.)

Transmission fluid serves as a lubricant in you car’s transmission so that your car shifts gears smoothly and correctly.  The fluid also serves as a coolant in the transmission. If your car gets low on transmission fluid, you run the risk of grinding or burning your transmission to destruction. Replacing a transmission can run you $1,300 to $1,800, depending on the car. So getting leaks fixed is definitely worth the investment.

Look for transmission fluid leaks near the front or middle of the car, particularly near the transmission filler tube, near the transmission fluid drain hole, at the selector shaft (it’s the rod that connects your gear shift to your transmission), and between the transmission and engine.

Power Steering Fluid

Old power steering fluid on left; new on right

Power steering makes turning your car a breeze. Without it, you have to put some muscle into turning the steering wheel. I’ve only driven a car without power steering once in my life, and boy did it make me grateful for the engineers who came up with the marvel of power steering.

Most power steering systems work using hydraulics. As you turn the wheel, power steering fluid fills a cylinder in your steering’s system, which in turn applies a force to the wheels to help you turn. A drop in your power steering fluid level means a drop in your power steering system’s pressure, which of course means turning your car will be more laborious.

Many cars actually use automatic transmission fluid as the power steering fluid. So if you notice a reddish stain on your garage floor and your car has been a little more difficult to steer, chances are you have a power steering leak.

Other cars use a power steering fluid specifically designed for power steering systems. It’s slightly yellowish and has a medium thickness.

Check your owner’s manual to find out what your car uses for power steering fluid.

Your car’s steering system is towards the front of the car, so you’ll find evidence of power steering leaks there. Possible sources for a power steering leak include the power steering reservoir, power steering pump, and hoses connecting the power steering system.

Windshield Washer Solvent

Windshield wiper fluid is usually blue, but sometimes green or orange. It’s really thin and feels almost like water. Check the windshield wiper fluid reservoir and the tubes that carry fluid for any leaks. This isn’t a serious leak. It only becomes a problem after you drive through a plague of locusts, and their guts get splattered all over your windshield.

Water

It’s blistering hot and you’ve had the car’s A/C running full blast all day. As you leave the barber shop and walk towards your car, you notice a steady drip of liquid coming from your car’s underside.

You shake your fist in the air and scream towards the heavens: “Great Odin’s Raven! My car is doomed! Dooooomed!”

Step back from the edge of despair, sir. You’re not doomed.

The mechanic I spoke with mentioned that the leak most people freak out about isn’t actually a leak. It’s just water condensation from the air conditioner. Nothing to worry about here. Quit shaking your fist and run it smoothly through your freshly cut hair. Nobody saw anything.

Any other tips on identifying car leaks? Share them with us in the comments.

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 C.G September 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Good post. I work part time at a service desk and I think a lot of people could save money by knowing this kind of stuff (People will spend $40 for an inspection because they are nervous about what kind of fluid they are leaking). However, the mechanics there do not advise trying any home made repairs with power steering lines, because they are very high pressure, and you shouldn’t mess with them unless you have the right stuff.

2 Keith September 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I’ll second the good post. Another useful resource for determining where all of these components are is the Haynes manual. They are very detailed and can help figure out where to look to determine what is causing the leak. They are also helpful in guiding one through small tasks that can be done to maintain a car at home with only some basic tools.

3 Daren Redekopp September 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm

The things they didn’t teach me in school! I still remember that fateful day driving at a snail’s pace in crowded traffic with my new girlfriend when, horror of horrors, the radiator started screaming like a malevolent banshee. Both she and I were simultaneously so embarrassed and nonplussed that we simply continued to look straight ahead, pretending that we didn’t hear it while our neighboring drivers swore at me to “Shut that thing up!”

4 emdash September 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Good article.

I’ve gotten into the habit of checking for transmission fluid in the coolant reservoir whenever I change the oil in my car.

5 Kyle September 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I second the Haynes manual suggestion. Recently replaced a water pump, thermostat, and radiator fan with a Haynes manual at hand. Saved a lot of money in the process.

6 Over the River September 6, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Many years ago a friend recalled an incident he had with his first car and a strange liquid that had dripped on his tire. He walked up to his car, saw the liquid, ran his finger across it, tasted it and said to his father who was standing there “it isn’t brake fluid”. His father said, “no, I watched a dog urinate against the tire”.

7 John September 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

You forgot to talk about clutch fluid, which a manly man’s car should have. Most of the cars I’ve driven with hydraulic clutches use brake fluid, but still an important leak to identify. My first car, a honda civic, needed regular top offs to keep the clutch workig.

8 Tony September 6, 2011 at 11:23 pm

As one who takes cars to 200K+, it’s a good idea to understand the leaks. Some leaks just are not fixed economically. For instance, an oil leak may or may not be worth fixing. If you are leaking or consuming at a rate of less than a quart every 1000 miles, you can buy a lot of oil and replenish the lost oil for a lot less than many oil leaks cost to fix. If it’s up high, say on a valve cover, then you might be able to repair it. If it’s on the bottom end, such as front or rear main seals, or the oil pan, it may be more economical to wait until you need another service, or combine another service with it. For example, front seal, then have the timing belt replaced at the same time. (You may need to anyway as the oil isn’t good for you timing belt it you have one.) Rear main seal would be good when you replace the clutch (because we know a gentleman’s car doesn’t shift it self !)

The oil pan may require lifting or even pulling the engine or dropping some exhaust components, so you have to weigh if you’ll save enough in lost oil to justify the cost of the repair. For me, a big box full of kitty litter in the garage was my solution. Let it leak over the clay litter and check the oil every time I got gas. I was losing a quart every 1500-2000 miles, so a $2-$3 quart of oil every 1500 miles will cost me about $180 over 100K miles.

Be one of those guys who opens the hood when you get gas. I’m sure that’s one of the period services mentioned in your owners manual. Check the oil at EVERY fuel stop. If you would just do it once a week, you would likely be ahead of 90% of the folks on the road.

Check the other fluids too. Just because you don’t see it leak, doesn’t mean you are not losing the fluid. You can burn oil, antifreeze can leak through a bad head gasket and go out the tail pipe. Brake fluid can get siphoned down the power brake booster if the rear seal in the master cylinder is failing.

So you have to do more than just watch for leaks. You have to become familiar with the various reservoirs under the hood, and know how to check them. Check them once a week, check your tire pressures. Tires can leak too, cause extra tire wear, and/or increased fuel consumption. The worst case is a blow out due to the tire overheating due to low inflation. (Think Ford Explorer fiasco!)

Finally, check your bulbs and wipers monthly. Turn on you lights, your directionals, step on the brake and make sure ALL the lights are working. Replace the ones that don’t work. Ditto for your wipers. Check them. If they are coming apart or leaving streaks on the windshield, cough up $20-30 and put some new blades on so you can see.

Also on the light subject, turn them on at dawn, dusk and when you have your wipers on. Sure you might be able to see, but can you be seen? When the sun is coming up or going down, or when visibility is poor due to weather conditions your car may be invisible to others under the right circumstances if you don’t have your headlights on. So turn them on and avoid an accident.

I probably sound like your dad, but then I’ve just put two teen drivers on the road in the past two years and have one more to go, so this is becoming a well rehearsed speech.

9 Tony September 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Also, offer to do this for your wife, girlfriend, sister, or that interesting woman you would like to meet.

I can see it now, you see the interesting woman and ask her if she has a moment to help you check your lights. What’s the worst thing she would say, no? If she says yes, thank her, offer to check her lights and maybe a drink, a smoothie or coffee for her trouble.

Again, nothing ventured, nothing gained. It’s just another arrow in the quiver of the gentleman. Sometimes that arrow hits the target, and sometimes it doesn’t. But the arrow never fired never hits the target.

10 Calgary Achiles September 7, 2011 at 1:54 am

Great article. As a mechanic I couldn’t agree more. Every man should know how his vehicle operates. But one caveat is that it’s not a sign of weakness to take your vehicle to a mechanic. Even if its a blow to your ego, we spend years in school learning to peppery maintain cars and keep you on the road. Furthermore find a mechanic you trust and use him for every service. I have one customer whose car I’ve worked on since his pdi

11 Calgary Achilles September 7, 2011 at 1:58 am

(sorry hit publish by accident) and that helps us keep on track with vehicle upkeep. Remember the relationship with your mechanic should be like with a barber or butcher, if we know you, we can better serve you

12 Jonathan September 7, 2011 at 8:23 am

Car maintenance is one of those vital manly skills and is something that cannot be entirely book learned, you MUST have some level of experience.
I had a friend who had never worked on his car before, changed the oil, cross-threaded the fresh filter and almost blew his engine. Unfortunately, he’s taken that opportunity and is now at the stage where the only thing he does is put gas in the car.

So take whatever may happen and learn from your mistakes, don’t freak out and abandon learning. You will make mistakes, but that’s what will allow you to improve in the future.

I feel it worth mentioning that many cars use automatic transmission fluid in the power steering system. So there’s more than one location that, ATF may be leaking from. Gear oil as well may be leaking from a bad differential cover as well as a manual transmission, the most obvious sign it’s gear oil and not engine oil, is that is has a very characteristic scent.

13 Bryce September 7, 2011 at 10:34 am

There’s one more “oil” leak of concern if you drive a rear wheel drive car or a pickup (both 2wd and 4wd): differential oil leaks. These are fairly obvious to spot: a dark brown oily leak toward the rear of your vehicle (can be confused with engine oil in 4wd trucks, too!) and you’ll see a “stain” on the bottom of the differential’s center gear box or “pumpkin.” If this leaks out, you may have a noisy axle and will need to replace the innards if it all leaks out (very expensive!)

These are usually caused by bad gaskets or loose drain/fill plugs. Here’s a rough idea of how to fix this:

Lift the car. IMPORTANT: Use jackstands; not the jack to hold the vehicle up!

Simply drain the fluid from the drain plug or remove the differential cover (these have 8-12 bolts to remove) to drain out the lubricant (Exact setups may vary; check your manual or ask a mechanic)

Go to a parts store and purchase a gasket set (some have gaskets for the plugs; replace these too). Also, purchase differential lube as recommended by your manual.

IMPORTANT: If you have a limited slip, aka Posi-Traction or Sure-Grip, you MUST use differential oil or an additive specially designed for these differentials; otherwise, the limited slip function won’t work and you could be looking at an expensive repair.

Replace gasket(s) and differential cover. Fill through fill plug with lube (the lube should be level with the plug hole). IMPORTANT: Make sure the bolts and plugs are tight enough.

Lower the car and check for leaks.

14 CoffeeZombie September 7, 2011 at 11:08 am

“So take whatever may happen and learn from your mistakes, don’t freak out and abandon learning. You will make mistakes, but that’s what will allow you to improve in the future.”

Every so often, you’ll make a mistake that will require you to spend more money; I’ve learned to just refer to that as the cost of experience. When you end up having to take your brand-new radiator back to the shop to buy another new one because you over-tightened the bolts holding the fan assembly on and cracked the plastic around the nut in the radiator, just tell yourself, “Well, I’ll be darn sure to never over-tighten a bolt again!”

Oh, and, if you do start doing more than oil changes, another good thing to have is a screw extractor set and a drill with bits that can drill out metal. Because there’s a good chance that one of those bolts that have gotten difficult to turn has rusted and weakened, and while you’re trying to get it out, you just break the thing off instead. Though, according to my grandfather, the screw extractor set isn’t necessary; you can get it out with just the drill…but, IMO, the extractor makes it much easier.

15 Tod Bowman September 7, 2011 at 11:43 am

One more point on anti-freeze. Many waterpumps have a small plug at their base. It’s designed to wear out just a little sooner than the pump itself. When it does, you’ll find a small puddle of anti-freeze under the engine near where your belt(s) are located. Get it fixed immediately!

This little puddle is the only way to know that the pump is going bad. The anti-freeze level will seem to be fine, even though trouble’s right around the corner. When the pump goes, you’ll have plenty of anti-freeze, it just won’t be making it into the engine.

I found this out the hard way. Because the puddle was so small, I thought I’d just keep topping off the reservoir until the next service interval and then let the guys at the shop figure it out. About a week later I had two warped heads, newfound knowledge of a little teenie plug, and a nearly $3000 bill.

Don’t put off repairs if you can avoid it.

16 Gary Neal September 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm

While not necessarily a leak, folks should also be able to spot AC condensation, which looks like a leak and could cause unnecessary trips to a mechanic.

Tips for distinguishing AC condensation:
- you only see it after running your AC on warm/hot days
- you can see the “leak” when you park your car (or when pulling out of a parking spot)
- it’s water… no smell, doesn’t stain

17 Joey September 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm

One thing I used to see a lot of the time is people (and friends) with warped heads and engines due to overheating. Especially if you are leaking anti-freeze, but most of the time regardless- you should be keeping an eye on your gauges. They aren’t there to look pretty. If your temp gauge ever goes above 3/4 or 1/2 to be safe, pull to the side and turn your car off. This will save you thousands. There is no repair for an overheated engine. If it gets too hot, you WILL be replacing the entire block. In a proper running car, there should never be a fluctuation in your temperature. If there is a difference, it will be when going up a hill or idling for long periods. That is a rarity in itself. If your temperature gauge is sporadic and constantly changing, something is wrong.

*some vehicles operate normally at the 1/2 mark for temperature. If you watch your gauges, you’ll know when there is trouble.

Easiest and most common fix for a overheating car is changing the thermostat. Two bolts, swap, and back together. Cheap too at around 15 bucks. Want details? This is the era of google. There is loads of information about car repairs from DIY’ers on forums everywhere.

18 Terry Shott September 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Any tips for finding and keeping a good mechanic. It seems like every time I find a mechanic I like and trust he does not stay at the job longer than a year. I live in Northwest Arkansas if anyone knows of a good mechanic in the area.

19 Brenton Cooper September 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm

What about the blinker fluid? Just kidding, don’t go looking for your blinker fluid because it does not exist.

Tony mentioned some great points, including headlights on so motorists see you in low visibility conditions. Keep in mind that during dusk or dawn, other vehicles and road hazards can be invisible to you when your windshield is littered with bug guts or streaks. Clean your windshield regularly so you can be sure to see what you’re about to run over…

Make sure to buy THE BEST service manual available for your vehicle. With Haynes or Chilton’s manuals, sometimes they are not thorough enough. You are often better off with a factory service manual from the vehicle manufacturer. Some vehicles have very specific fluids for their application, for instance my vehicle requires brake fluid for the power steering system. Most people don’t realize this and they use the standard “Power Steering” fluid you find in gas stations. If you have any questions on which fluids your vehicle requires, don’t be afraid to call the service department at your dealership or online auto forums.

Another note on the opposite sex:
A gentleman will never go wrong if he pumps his lady’s gas, washes her windshield, checks her tire pressure regularly, and checks the fluids under the hood. This shows how much you care about your lady and the fact that you don’t want her stranded on the road somewhere. A thoughtful gesture would be to also make a roadside kit for her, with necessary fluids, jumper cables or a battery booster, and make sure the spare tire is present and inflated properly. Make sure your lady also knows how to change a tire by giving her a demonstration while you do the work. You might not always be just around the corner when she needs your help.

20 Ben Marvin September 7, 2011 at 11:10 pm

“If the puddle is near the front, something’s probably wrong with the fuel pump.”

I would have to disagree with that. Most fuel pumps these days are inside the tank, sometimes a secondary pump just outside the tank. But rarely would a fuel leak toward the front of the car indicate fuel pump, just a line leaking or a leak at the fuel rail/pressure regulator.

Unless you’re lucky enough to drive a Porsche where everything is backwards…

21 Johnson September 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Quick lube places probably aren’t the best place to go for this kind of advice. The cards you see in some of the article’s pictures are part of the scare tactics they use: “here’s a nice clean drop and over here is the awful stuff you have in your car”. Upsell via fear is where their bread is buttered. After reading this piece all I would know is what to tell the shop. More detail would help me know how to address or at least prioritize the problem myself.

22 RobertELegal September 8, 2011 at 11:04 pm

There was a puddle under my car once, but I rubbed his nose in it and it hasn’t been a problem since then.

23 cwnidog September 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I’m not at all sure having your car erupt in a ball of fire and being turned into a smoking charred cinder wouldn’t be a mercy compared to having to eat a Subway sandwich.

24 earlWL September 11, 2011 at 10:04 pm

An oily stain under the rear wheel of a rear wheel drive car probably means your rear wheel bearing is going bad. Learned this the hard way.

25 Jim September 13, 2011 at 7:50 am

Transmission fluid smells waxy like crayons. Or if your engine is overheating, it smells like burnt crayons.

26 sanjay garg November 3, 2012 at 11:17 pm

My Alto car went into a quite deep road patch between main and service road at sector 12 market road yesterday. today I saw half meter line of sea green/blue leak coming out from it. With the help of this site I concluded that most probably it could be coolant.
thanking you
sanjay garg

27 Delta January 10, 2013 at 5:24 pm

This is a great article. As a young woman, I feel like every man my age needs a refresher course in the art of Manliness. Trust me, it’s a little embarrassing to have my fiance come to me with his mechanical questions. So thanks for writing such a great article :)

28 Alan S. Gardner January 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Thank-you. I spotted a leak this morning, which developed in the last 48 hours. It seems that our 2005 Honda Pilot runs a transmission fluid line through its radiator. The line failed within the radiator at some point, and then the radiator developed a small leak. We are told that the radiator is shot, but the transmission appears to be OK. Your notes were helpful.

29 angie February 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I have a leak in the front of my vehicle on the passenger side, im not sure of the color when i rubbed it with my finger it was not oily and it just looked clear but dirty from the ground. When i looked to see if i had anitfreeze it was empty and i filled it back up… Do you know what this is from?

30 Sue February 21, 2013 at 3:21 am

Just drove over a kerb, which i didn’t see and now my car is leaking fluid from the front of the vehicle nearer to the passenger side. the fluid is not oily and is clear in colour. What could this be and how much damage have I done ?

31 april March 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

i really don’t know whats happing with my car it a 1992 dodge chrystler caravan and the problem is there is a strange oil leaking in the front its only a drop or two during the day and turns into a small puddle the next morning i think its because when i first bought it the guy said it had been sitting in his drive way for 2 weeks because he did could not drive it without lisence plates and when i bought it the car had to sit another 2 weeks because i had to get plates for it do you think i just need to drive it a little more and then it would stop?

32 dank May 24, 2013 at 4:54 pm

THANK YOU SO MUCH. Im in the middle of a 10 hour drive and found myself having the water leak. Thanks to your article I’m no longer worried and having to stop at the next random town for a shady mechanic.

33 JM May 24, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I have inherited a ’96 escort. Filled up the fuel tank the other day and it is leaking what I thought was just gas. When I touched the fluid there was black oily stuff mixed in, but definitely smelled like gas. Is something leaking with the gas? What is it? Estimated cost to get it fixed?

34 Brandy July 21, 2013 at 5:50 pm

While running errands I noticed that there was a leak under my car. When I checked the fluid… it’s absolutely just water. I put a paper napkin under the drip… touched it, smelled it. It’s absolutely clear and not oily at all. But I was NOT running my a/c… all my fluid levels look fine… except windshield washer fluid, but it’s blue. Any other suggestions?

35 Jordon July 28, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Hi. I noticed that my car is dripping water, frontal left area of my car…the car was driven the day prior 100 miles round-trip, however, parked in my garage overnight. I touched the fluid…clear, light vinegar smell to it, no oil or coolant fluid. I popped the hood and checked all of my fluids and they seemed fine. I looked at the windshield fluid container and noticed that it was all water, no blue windshield cleaner, so my guess is that it is coming from that??? Does anyone have any clue as to what this would be or why it’s dripping? The vehicle is a 2002 BMW 330ci. Has low miles and is only driven locally.

36 sam August 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

wow awsome! so helpful!

37 Cedric Sim December 8, 2013 at 1:40 am

Pretty superior internet site thanks so much for your personal time in writing the posts for all of us to learn about.

38 Lama chombey December 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm

My Honda Civic 2002 is leaking oil from the left wheel side of the drivers side. The mechanic poured seal expander but still it is leaking not in drops but just like it is been splashed on the ground

39 Michelle February 3, 2014 at 8:37 pm

I was driving down the freeway two days ago and something about the size of a softball bounced across the road and under my car. I heard and felt it hit right under my feet. I was taking my daughter to a party and forgot about it until this afternoon. I went out to my car to leave and noticed a good sized puddle of fluid on the ground under the left side of my radiator and wheel, drivers side. I picked up my girl from school and was parked with a slight upward slant for maybe 10 minutes. When came back out to the car I could see a fist size puddle already under the car. But do to the angle it was more under where the driver seat is on that same side. Checked for leaks from above engine, no signs of dripping for 5 min. after parked at home, too dark to check anything else. Did a finger in the puddle test and its hard to tell,…smells kind of sweet, not real oily or dark, left a piece of cardboard under car to check in morning. Anyone have any idea what Im looking at?

40 PennyLane March 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Lots of great info here. I just logged in to see why water is leaking from my 2005 PT Cruiser Convertible. I’ve stopped shouting at Great Oden, Not the kind of scare I need four hours before I leave SoCal for NoCal then back again.
But, I have a comment about the cat being attracted to the antifreeze on the garage floor. Cats can’t taste sweet foods or liquids. It probably did an exploratory taste test for a drinkable liquid but one swipe of the tongue could be it’s last. Make sure toxic substances are cleaned up so the cat doesn’t step in it then wash its paws. Now stop that Mittens!

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