What is leaking from my car? Color Guide

What is leaking from my car?

Looking at the color of the puddle is one of the easiest ways to determine what’s leaking from your vehicle. Here are a couple of colors to look for.

Yellowish/Green—This is an indicator of a problem with your coolant or antifreeze. If your car cannot stay cool this can lead to major car problems down the road.

Light Brown/Black—This is a sign of an oil leak which may be coming from a variety of places. It could be a problem with your oil gasket, oil filter, oil coolant line or your oil pressure.

Reddish Brown and Thin—This could indicate a leak in your power steering. Time is your biggest enemy against a power steering leak. As cars age, you could spring a leak in your O-rings and seals. Having Paul Campanella’s Auto and Tire Center replace these seals can solve this problem.

Reddish Brown and Thick—This color stain is an indication that there is a leak in your vehicle’s transmission. This is another issue that can cause serious problems if left untreated, so again, call Paul Campanella’s right away.

Clear/Gray/Brown—This means there is likely a problem with your brake fluid which can inhibit your ability to stop. Another issue to address immediately.

Clear—A clear leak can be water dripping from the radiator. This is normal if you have just been running your AC while driving, however, if you have not been running your AC you’ll want to swing by to have the team at Paul Campanella’s Auto and Tire take a look at it.

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