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My Car Is Leaking Fluid: Six Liquids That May Drip From a Car

Updated on January 11, 2017

What Is That Fluid Leaking Under My Car?

Something dripping from a car might or might not indicate a dangerous situation that needs attention. In this article I will cover the six most common fluid leaks from a car—from the leaks that will leave you stranded, to the leaks that should be in fact be happening. Yes, there are times when fluids should leak naturally from your car, and we will cover that as well. Let’s try to figure out what fluid is leaking from your car and what you should do about it.

Find the Source, Check the Color

First of all, before you start worrying, make sure the fluid leak is coming from your car and not the vehicle that was parked in that spot before you got there. Just grab a flashlight, get down on one knee, and take a good look under your car.

If the fluid is coming from your car, you need to determine the fluid’s color. The best way to do that is to slide a piece of white cardboard or a piece of plywood under your car and let the car drip onto it. Capturing the drip this way will enlighten you in two ways: one, it will reveal the color, and two, it will give you a good indication of where the fluid is leaking from. First, without moving the board, notice where the drip is hitting the board; turn your head and look up from this point at the bottom of your car and see exactly where your leak is coming from. Once you have a clear view of where the fluid is leaking from, remove the board and check the color.

Different Fluids Have Different Colors

Six fluids dripped onto cardboard
Six fluids dripped onto cardboard | Source

Six Most Common Fluids to Leak from a Car

The six fluids that most commonly drip from a car are:

  • water
  • motor oil
  • transmission fluid
  • coolant
  • gear oil, or differential fluid
  • and power steering fluid.

I left brake fluid out of this list, because it’s not common for brake fluid to leave a puddle under your car. Nevertheless a brake fluid leak is potentially serious (see my article about common brake problems). Just for quick reference, brake fluid color is clear to amber, and smells like fish oil; if you doubt me, take the cap off the brake fluid reservoir and sniff the cap.

1. Water Leaking From Your Car

The three H’s--hazy, hot and humid—are probably the most common cause of fluid leaking from a car, in the eastern U.S. at least. A car’s air conditioner needs to do something with the moisture it removes from the air inside the passenger compartment. It drains the water onto the ground under the car, via a rubber hose.

On very humid days, the water will pour out of the air conditioner drain onto the ground like from a faucet, until the cabin humidity is almost gone. This is what I meant earlier when I said that some leaks are supposed to happen.

This hose is usually at the front right (near the area where the passenger rests their feet) or in the middle of the cabin. If you have a newer minivan or large SUV with front and rear climate control, it’s possible to have two evaporators and two air conditioner drains, one in front and one in the rear.

Dual Climate Control

Dual climate control on a 2011 Honda Pilot.  The rear controls are the blue and red arrows at right under “RR lock.” Fan speed is controlled from the rear controller.
Dual climate control on a 2011 Honda Pilot. The rear controls are the blue and red arrows at right under “RR lock.” Fan speed is controlled from the rear controller. | Source

Here's a tip: when you use the air conditioning system, it’s best to keep the recirculation button in the “on” position rather than the “fresh air” position (see picture below of the recirculation button on a Honda). If you leave the car in “fresh air” mode, it will continue to drag humid air into the car, the vehicle’s cabin will never reach optimum temperature, and sometimes when the weather is extremely humid, the air will turn into fog as it pours from your vents into your car’s passenger cabin. If you ever experience this phenomenon, reach over and push the recirculation button. The recirculated air will lose humidity on each pass through the evaporator, and your air conditioner will be working at maximum efficiency (see my article on how to defog car windows fast).

Recirculation Button

Recirculation button (at left) next to the fresh air button (at right) (2011 Honda Pilot).  The recirculation button should be on when using air conditioning, but should not be on otherwise; it will fog up your windows.
Recirculation button (at left) next to the fresh air button (at right) (2011 Honda Pilot). The recirculation button should be on when using air conditioning, but should not be on otherwise; it will fog up your windows. | Source

2. Oil Leaks

Engine oil, or “motor oil,” may vary in color from light amber to dark brown, depending on how well you maintain your car. If there is an oil leak, common sense tells you that it will be under the engine, but it’s not always immediately obvious where your engine is located. Don’t laugh: on a front-wheel-drive car, your engine could be located at the front left or front right, depending on where the transmission sits, and the engine could be in the rear of the car if you’re driving a Porsche or a VW bug. Once you figure out the oil is dripping from the engine, all you have to do is pinpoint the leak. You might want a mechanic to take a look at it if you can’t find exactly where it is leaking from. Oil leaks can come from some pretty obscure sources, like a crankshaft seal under the timing cover, or they can come from something easy to spot like a valve cover gasket.

If you know you have an engine oil leak, check your dipstick frequently. Do not drive a car that's low on oil. It will overheat and damage itself. If you have a massive oil leak do not drive your car at all.

Oil Dipstick

Notice the brownish color of the motor oil or engine oil.
Notice the brownish color of the motor oil or engine oil. | Source

3. Coolant or Antifreeze Leaks

Coolant comes in many colors now; it used to be green, but now its color depends on the manufacturer of the car or the coolant. Honda provides a blue coolant, Mercedes uses clear, Toyota uses red, and I have seen orange, green and all the colors of the rainbow. Coolant has a sweet smell, like candy, and also a sweet taste. Don’t taste it—it’s half ethylene glycol, which is poison—but I have tasted it a few times in my career, not by choice.

Coolant in the Overflow Tank

Honda brand coolant is blue.
Honda brand coolant is blue. | Source

A coolant leak could be almost anywhere, because of all the coolant hoses that surround your engine. Some coolant hoses (the heater hoses) go into the passenger compartment itself. But the most common place for a coolant leak is your radiator, and that will be located behind the grill in the very front of the car.

If you suspect you have a coolant leak, you may be able to smell it. Take a quick glance at the coolant overflow tank, it is usually see-through and has “high” and “low” markings on it. If it’s empty, or you aren’t sure what you are seeing, let your engine cool completely and look in the radiator. (Do not remove the radiator cap on a hot engine. It could blow hot coolant or steam into your face and cause severe burns.) If you can’t see any coolant when you are peering down into the radiator, you may have a leak.

You don’t want to drive a car that has lost a massive amount of coolant. It can overheat and ruin the engine. Keep an eagle eye on the temperature gauge. Or better yet, tow it to where it can be fixed.

The Radiator Cap

Heed the warning! Don't take the cap off a hot radiator.
Heed the warning! Don't take the cap off a hot radiator. | Source
You should see coolant when you look inside the radiator.
You should see coolant when you look inside the radiator. | Source

4. Transmission Fluid Leaks

Automatic transmissions use red or pink fluid, and lots of it. Very often, the first sign of an automatic transmission leaking is that the transmission will start to slip (the car will rev without going into gear). If the leak continues, eventually the car will not move at all.

Automatic transmissions use fluids specially formulated by the manufacturer. If you don’t use Honda-made automatic transmission fluid (ATF) in a Honda automatic transmission, you will compromise shift quality and void your warranty, so I recommend following Honda’s guidelines and using their recommended fluids.

Standard (“manual”) transmissions use gear oil (like heavy, strong-smelling motor oil; see “Gear Oil” below) or the manufacturer's proprietary manual transmission fluid. Very old Hondas use regular motor oil in their standard transmissions.

The most common place for a transmission fluid leak on a front-wheel drive car is the axle seals; on a rear-wheel-drive car it is the output shaft seal. If you see red or pink fluid under your car, pull the transmission dipstick and check your transmission fluid level. Check the owner’s manual for the proper way to check transmission fluid, different manufacturers have different ways of checking transmission fluids. Some manufacturers don’t even let you check the fluid: the last model of the Honda Passport had no way of checking the transmission fluid—weird!

Honda Transmission Fluid

The end of the transmission fluid dip stick.  Notice that the fluid is red.
The end of the transmission fluid dip stick. Notice that the fluid is red. | Source

5. Gear Oil or Differential Fluid Leaks

Differential fluid, hypoid, gear oil, or gear fluid: whatever you call it, it’s very thick, it looks like honey, and it smells like a warm, greasy Mack truck sitting at a truck stop. If you get this stuff on your hands the smell doesn’t go away for days. Gear oil is dark brown, or dark amber if it’s new and clean. If your rear differential is leaking, or your standard transmission has a leak, you will find this fluid dripping. Gear oil can also leak from the wheel bearing seals or rear axle seals. Sometimes you will see oil being slung from the center of the wheel all over the wheel rim of the vehicle. Dust will collect on the wheel and turn black. If you have a four-wheel-drive car, gear oil can leak from the front axle as well. The smell alone will enable you to determine if it’s gear oil or not.

What an Axle Seal Leak Looks Like on a Honda Tractor

Axle seal not leaking
Axle seal not leaking | Source
Leaking axle seal.  Diirt sticking to the differential fluid all over the outside of the wheel is a sure sign of an axle seal leak.
Leaking axle seal. Diirt sticking to the differential fluid all over the outside of the wheel is a sure sign of an axle seal leak. | Source

6. Power Steering Fluid Leaks

Power steering fluid is hard to describe specifically because some manufacturers use transmission fluid and some use their own brand of power steering fluid. Honda uses its own proprietary power steering fluid which is light amber in color. Power steering fluid may have a distinctive smell, kind of like burnt cooking oil. If you think you might have a power steering fluid leak, the first place you should look is at the reservoir. The reservoir will have high and low markings and it should be easy to see whether the fluid level is low. Other signs that fluid is low is that the power steering pump will whine when trying to turn the steering wheel, or the steering wheel will feel tight when turning in a parking lot or at low speeds. The most common place the power steering will leak is on each end of the steering rack. The steering rack has end seals on both sides of the steering rack; they are the first to start leaking because they go through the most wear and tear.


I Don't Recommend Using "Stop Leak"!

I have one last tip; I do not recommend using any additives that claim to stop leaks unless it is absolutely necessary. These products are at best a temporary fix that could cause a permanent problem by damaging your car's drive train. Do your car a favor and avoid using them.

This is a blocked coolant passage. The customer used "Stop Leak" in the cooling system and caused even more problems.
This is a blocked coolant passage. The customer used "Stop Leak" in the cooling system and caused even more problems. | Source

Share Your Experiences

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      Eddie Carrara 4 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Stacy,

      What do you mean the heat and AC don"t work now? What is not working?

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      Stacy Griggs 5 days ago

      My 2004 envoy dripped out a lot of water looking fluid last night in my driveway and this morning now my heat and ac does not work

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      Eddie Carrara 7 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Teri,

      It sounds like you may have a minor oil leak. I recommend having it checked on your next oil change or when you have time to stop at a garage.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chaka,

      What color is the fluid?

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      Teri 9 days ago

      I have a 2007 Honda Pilot. Under my car I put a piece of cardboard with white paper taped to it to catch the leak. Under my car is a little tiny drop about every few days. The drop is a little bigger than a pea but less than a penny. It is a dark blackish color with no smell which looks like oil and has no smell to it. My oil and transmission fluid levels are fine. Thank you for any input.

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      chaka 10 days ago

      my son had blow out on the rt front side and he drives a 2003 ford taraus ses and said it was leaking some fluid from it. what can be the problem?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Danielle,

      What color is the fluid? Maybe an axle seal or maybe one of the drain bolts are not tight and it's dripping slowly?

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      Bob 2 weeks ago

      I have a 2003 Isuzu Rodeo and I have a leak on the driver's side underneath the spot is shaped like a square. I replaced oil pan already but this is a new leak and light in color almost like a set spot with no color what can it be

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      Danielle Terrazzano 2 weeks ago

      I can't find any of the fluids low could it be that I had work done on the car and somehow they spilled oil inside and didn't clean it the puddle under car was huge

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Sounds to me like the battery is not charged and is causing the clicking noise and dash lights to flicker. I recommend replacing the battery first. The pink fluid sounds like transmission fluid. If the leak is really bad, don't drive it, you could get stranded, I recommend having it towed just to be on the safe side. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      A.Hosley 3 weeks ago

      We have a 2003 Infiniti QX4 and the car will not start there is just a buzzing sound. We drove it for a split second to see what the leak was under the car which was under the front left side of the car and a fairly large amount of it. My husband said that the steering seemed hard to turn. When he tried to get the car back started the truck dash lights came on but the car had a loud clicking noise when he went to start it. By the 2-3 day the car wouldn't start at all, we just got the buzzing sound. My husband said the fluid that was under the truck was pink, what could be the problem?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ssperales,

      The fuel pump is in the fuel tank and would not leak, also gas is almost clear, not black. You most likely have an oil or transmission fluid leak. I recommend having a mechanic put the car in the air and check out where the leak is coming from. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Ssperales 4 weeks ago

      I have a 2002 Honda accord v4 that hasn't been driven in a week. The last time i drove it, it would stall but not stop at stop lights. Yesterday I moved it and noticed there was a fresh dark black leak on the floor. This has never happened before. The leak is coming from the middle of the car but more towards the 2 front tires. I was told it's most likely the fuel pump. What can I do to fix it

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ireneus,

      Yes, I recommend having someone check the engine, it should not overheat. Be sure there is a 50/50 mix of coolant in the system, this will raise the boiling point of the coolant. You may have other issues tho, and you will not know until you have it checked out. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Ireneus 5 weeks ago

      I drove around 120km with A/C on and Recirculation on all the time. my fan was just in low and temp around half.

      after 3 hours driving, I opened the windows then turned off the A/C but i forgot to turn of the Recirculation on. after 5 mins to 10 mins I turned off the Recirculation.

      My wife noticed that the water was leaking from our engine on the right side of the engine. I opened the hood and found that the water was leaking from Engine Coolant reservoir because of water boiling :( around 1 to 2 litters of water leaked from my car.

      my car is ford fiesta 2012 (5years old)

      is this normal or I need somebody to check on my car?

      I just started driving and i dont have any knowledge about engines :(

      Please help me :)

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      Eddie Carrara 5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kendra,

      I recommend having the CV boots checked for damage, you may be leaking CV grease because it is very thick, but it is usually green. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Kendra 6 weeks ago

      My 06 Chrysler Pacifica is leaking some kind of oil under the passenger front tire it looks just like vegetable oil just thicker

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dolores,

      If the oil is near a wheel or a brake line, it's possible you have brake fluid leaking. What is the Year, Make, and Model of your vehicle? Is it front or rear wheel drive? Or is it 4 wheel drive?

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      Dolores Fassano 7 weeks ago

      My car has a leak in the back under the trunk. It looks like a light colored oil leak. Any suggestions what it is. Please email what u suggest. dfassano5@gmail.com

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Vern,

      Is there any way you could take a picture and post it to my other site? Here is a link, http://www.simple-car-answers.com/Car-Leaks.html just post it in the comment box, there is a little camera icon under the comment box. Let me know if this is possible, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi BC,

      The air conditioner is on even in the winter. Every time the defroster is on the AC is running removing moisture brought in from snow on your shoes to wet coats and boots. This water needs to be removed from the vehicle to keep the window clear on the inside, otherwise your vehicle would have frost on the inside of the glass as well as the outside of the glass. Another thing to think about is the snow and ice under the vehicle stuck in areas you cannot see, as the car drives down the road, it doesn't get warm enough to melt because of the windchill, but once the vehicle is parked, the vehicle heats up from the hot exhaust and engine and melts some of this hidden ice and snow. Hope this helps.

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      Bcgreenley@yahoo.com 8 weeks ago

      My car is new but water is leaking from two spots in the rear of my Cherokee, its wintertime and no air conditioner is involved. Everyone says it's normal but I don't agree, what do you think?? When I say water it's a lot dripping all the time even after turned off.

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      Vern Runyan 8 weeks ago

      I own a 2001 ford escort. I have a purple substance that is leaking from the rear middle of the vehicle. It's kind of a thick substance but really doesn't have an odor to it. Can you help find out what this fluid leak is? Email is vernrunyan@gmail.com

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      Eddie Carrara 8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Clemnas,

      There is not much you can do once the head gasket is blown except replace it. An engine should always have antifreeze in the cooling system, not does it only prevent the coolant from freezing but it also raises the boiling point and prevents corrosion.

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      Clemnas 8 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie,yes it has a sweet smell and drips a brownish oil with black stains in it from the tail pipe. This also makes the engine and the whole car vibrates. I don't use any anti freeze or coolants just water alone.could this be the cause? And pls what do you suggest I do?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Clemnas,

      If you have thick white smoke coming from the tail pipe, this could be a sign of a blown head gasket. Can you tell me if the smoke has a sweet smell? Are you using antifreeze in the cooling system?

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      clemnas 2 months ago

      Hi Eddie,what about the brownish oil with black stains that drips from the exhaust pipe,what does that mean?I thought it should be water dripping from the tail pipe instead of that oil and the thick white smoke that comes with it? couldn't this be dangerous to my car,i mean the grand Cherokee jeep 2004 model quadra drive v8 with 4.7litre engine? Because this makes the engine vibrate and the whole car does as well. Due to all these,a technician I met told me not to use my AC as this will kill the engine. Your advice please Mr Eddie.thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Clemnas,

      It's ok that you don't own a Honda. If the oil leak is near the oil filter, try replacing the oil filter first and see if the leak stops. The rattle noise could be just a heat shield on the exhaust system. The lack of power could be a number of things and I'm not sure what could be causing it. Hope this helps.

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      clemnas 2 months ago

      Hey there sorry I don't use a Honda product but Cherokee 2004 model am experiencing oil leaks from my oil filter,under my engine and brownish oil with black stain coming out from my tail pipe.there is also this rattling sound coming from under the car when accelerating. And due to this I have not been able to use my AC because the car vibrates when turned on. Any help from your professional desk?A friend told me that the engine is weak due to the miles covered which is 180,776 as displayed on the board.Am really worried cos am based in Nigeria and the weather here is hot. Pls your advice would truly be appreciated.the leaks from the oil filter and under the engine is very dark in color.(blackish).

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Josh,

      The first thing to do is find out what the fluid is, it could be just ice or snow melting over night dripping. Check to see if it feels oily or if it has a color or smell. What speeds do you hear the noise? Does the noise change tone with the speed of the vehicle? How fast do you need to be driving to hear the speed? Does the noise change when you're turning? Let me know, thanks.

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      Josh 2 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2007 Ford Fusion v6 AWD car. Recently noticed it start to make a rubbing/growling noise when driving that sounds like it is coming from the front axle. Also noticed a small pool of liquid when I pulled out of the garage. Seems clear. I would normally think it was just the A/C, but it is the middle of winter. Any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi James,

      Yes that does sound like transmission fluid to me. What did you find leaking?

      Hi Dave,

      It sounds like one of your hose clamps were not tight enough and the hose popped off. What did you find?

      Hi Jason,

      If you can hear air or coolant moving inside the valve cover when squeezing the hose, most likely your head gasket is blown. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      jason 2 months ago

      i have a 98 grand am with the 3100 and i have antifreeze goin straight from the fill tank into my oil. I thought it was the heads but if you squeeze the water pump hose with the cap off the valve cover you can hear air rushing into the valve cover and it looks like its running straight from the fill tank right into the valve cover... so would that be my intake gasket or could it be something else?

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      Dave 2 months ago

      I wish have come accrossed this vital information earlier.

      Have just changed my radiator and after 5 to 6 miles journey, I had a bang noise and my radiator start to leak heavily like a running tap.

      Please advise me. Thank you

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      James the Red 3 months ago

      After reading your article I'm now convinced transmission fluid is leaking from my van. Its a Ford E350 and I've noticed a puddle form in my driveway with a reddish pink color on the passenger side almost under the middle of the van but a little bit closer to the front of it.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tom,

      Does the fluid smell sweet? are your windows fogging up when you run the heat? Which floor is wet, LF or RF?

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      Yvonne 3 months ago

      My 2011 Nissan Altima Is Leaking Water or Antifreeze And Starts to Run Hot Could You Tell Me What My Be the Problem

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      Tom 3 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      Ive just bought a car in Thailand 1998 Toyota soluna and noticed it is leaking.

      I did the test and looks to just be water, as it was transparent, in line with your comments it seems to be from the AC unit.

      However, on the floor it seems to be mixed with oil.

      I checked all the levels and they seem fine.

      Any suggestions?

      Thanks

      Tom

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bel,

      If it's just the condenser that needs to be replaced, you should be worried about driving your car. But what is the clear liquid dripping ? Is it dripping a lot ? If so, how much? any color? Let me know, thanks.

      Hi Carolyn,

      Do you know how bad this leak is? is it leaving puddles or just very small drips? The leak in the diff would not be caused by low oil, most likely you have an axle seal leaking and it just need to be replaced. Let me know how bad the leak is, thanks.

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      Carolyn 4 months ago

      Hi Eddie. I have a 1997 Honda CRV. Just got back from getting my oil changed. I had very low oil levels, which I know is definitely not good. But the mechanic also told me that the differential is leaking which could be a serious problem. I was just curious if this could be a result of driving on low oil or if it was caused by something else. Also, he told me to get it looked at within the next few months but now I'm a little too scared to drive it (I drive about 80 miles a day for work). I don't know the first thing about cars so I was just wondering how serious this leak is and how safe is it to keep drivin before I take it into a shop.

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      Bel 4 months ago

      Hi there. I drive a Hyundai Grand i10 and I was recently in a fender bender. The auto body repair shop said that the aircon condenser needs replacing but that it's safe to drive while I wait for insurance to sign off on repairs. But this evening I noticed a leak coming from the front of the car - looks like a mixture of water and possibly oil. They did also mention the fan was stuck so I haven't been using the aircon except to demist occasionally. It is extremely hot here (South Africa) at the moment. The setting isn't on recirculate, could that be the issue, even though I haven't really been using aircon since the damage? I'm a bit nervous to keep driving while I wait for insurance.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lauren,

      It's possible you have an axle seal leaking. Does the fluid have a color? If it's red, more than likely it's transmission fluid. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Lauren 4 months ago

      This morning my 07 Honda Accord has an oily, light colour leak under the drivers side right tire. The car is on a slant, so the leak starts 6 inches inside the right tire and puddles under the tire. 7 days ago, I had the drivers side upper control are replaced. What could it be?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sue, and thank you, I appreciate the feedback :)

      If the fluid didn't feel like oil or any type of petroleum and didn't have nay color to it, then it's possible you're right, condensation dripping from the exhaust. Keep me posted on what your mechanic says, thanks.

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      Sue 4 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      What a great article & wonderful suggestions from you regarding commenter's issues. I have a 2005 Mercedes SLK350 & noticed a bunch of black spots under the right rear of the vehicle near the right rear tire. Not sure how long the car had been leaking - when trying to wipe up the spots, some had dried & left marks, others were wet & wiped up - just used a paper towel. The spots didn't seem oily. I put down a paper mat to catch any new leaks and now nothing is leaking! I do have appt w/ the mechanic next week. Still driving the car - no idiot lights yet - Could it just be condensation from the muffler or exhaust? I live in VA & it just started to cool off.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Denzil,

      I understand Dubai is very nice, I would like to visit there some day :)

      The residual power steering fluid should burn off within a few hours of driving, if it doesn't, you could have something else leaking. I recommend keeping an eye on the power steering fluid reservoir for a few days, and also keep an eye on the drips under your vehicle, if it continues to leave oil spots under the vehicle, you may have another leak. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Denzil 5 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a Nissan Xtrail 2009 I had a power steering leak which I took some time fixing it. Now that it's fixed it's emmiting white smoke when I drive it's mostly coming from rear of my engine. I took it to the Mechanic he told me nothing to worry it just the old oil that has dripped down and would eventually disappear. There is no heating and the AC works fine. Is it a matter of concern and will the oil burn it's self out. I have Checked the steering it's fine. Just worried about the smoke. Please Advice

      Regards Denzil

      Dubai

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dave,

      There are a lot of things that can cause a coolant leak in that area, hose, gasket, freeze plug, etc... You'll need to pin point the leak with a flashlight, but with it leaking that bad, it should be very easy to find.

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      David Johnson 6 months ago

      I have a 1995 S10 that suddenly has started leaking coolant pretty badly, I can't drive it more than 10 minutes before it starts to overheat. It seems to be coming from the location of the front axle, slightly towards the driver's side. Could it just be a hose near the engine?

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Stephanie,

      Yes, there are a lot of things that can leak coolant like hoses, blocks, reservoirs, etc.... I recommend having it checked out ASAP so you don't over heat the engine or do any unnecessary damage.

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      Stephanie Vickers 6 months ago

      Hi, I have a 2007 G35 Infiniti and it's leaking coolant from the passenger side of the car. It doesn't appear to be the radiant. I put coolant in it and it leak out within seconds! Could it be something else beside the radiant. Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Allstair,

      Was there a lot of dew on the vehicle? Sometimes the dew can cause puddles under the vehicle as well if it's heavy enough to drip. Or the evaporator drain could be partially clogged and it would take some time for it to drain. Let me know, thanks.

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      Alistair 7 months ago

      Very well written article and logical use of images to support it. Much appreciated, I think that the pool under my Audi S4 Avant is probably the air con partying because temps in the UK are hitting mid-thirties which is rare I assure you and so perhaps explains why I haven't seen the pool of fluid previously.

      Only concern is the pool was noticed in the morning, so the car had been static for 10 hours or so... does it normally drip over such a long length of time?

      Thanks Alistair.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gloria,

      If there is rust in the cooling system, usually that means someone ran the engine without the proper mixture of coolant and water. Antifreeze protects the inside of the cooling system from rust and corrosion. Hope this helps.

      Hi Stacey,

      If I could see the engine and watch for the leak I could help. If it's coming from the top and leaking on the belt it should be easy to find.

      Hi Amanda,

      I recommend having the brakes checked at that wheel, you could have a potential brake fluid leak and that is very dangerous. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Amanda 7 months ago

      I have a wet spot or leak right under my back driver side tire

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      Stacey 7 months ago

      Chrysler sebring 2003 at first power steering was whining mechanic changed reservoir and tubes no more whining or problem steering but link is still occurring and leaking on the belt mechanic said leak is coming from the top and not bottom. Seems like no mechanic can find where link is coming from can you help?

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      Gloria Esquivel 7 months ago

      I have a 2004 Ford Taures.I notice that the compartment where you put coolant is a rusty color.what is it & is there a simple way to fix it

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      Garry Jsk 8 months ago

      last night while driving in slow traffic inner city stop /start driving . My Honda accord 2006 . i could smell what i thuoght was radiator water. the tempgauge had gone up slightly. I stopped and there was pink fluid sprayed from on the top of the engine cover to all around the radiator . It felt a little oily and was red where wet and bright pink when dry . also noticed the plastic over flow tank was empty . drove another 80k with no probs no warning lights . anyone know whats going on

      Thanks

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      fran 8 months ago

      I have a 2005 lincoln navigator a clear light oil is leaking looks like baby oil it is leaking from front passengers side of my truck. it only leaks when truck is parked on a slant any ideas what it could be

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      victor 8 months ago

      my leak seems to be coolant. but not from any hoses or radiator. it appears to be cumin from the engine just above the oil pan. (93 Honda civic ) really near a pull tgat turns. this would be on tge drivers side. all fluids look full the only fluid I have a big issue is the cool and filled it up a couple days ago after finding it completely empty on one ocasion. please help.veps93@gmail.com

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      Domingo 9 months ago

      There is some type of fluid dripping from the exhaust pipe on my 2005 ford expedition. Could it be condensation? Or something I should be worried about?

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      Beth 9 months ago

      I can see a hose leaking. It left a white stain the size of a large pizza. I had a hose replaced a few days ago that was leaking. Temp guage was all over the place. No warning lights, temp guage normal, but the fluid is not. Thoughts?

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Melinda,

      I know i'm super late with this reply, I moved into a new home and life has been chaotic for 2 month. Water from the tail pipe is normal, it's just condensation. Red fluid (transmission or power steering fluid) leaking is not normal, the leaking inside is really weird. You probably have already had it fixed by now, do you remember what it was?

      Let me know what you find Julie, thanks.

      Hi Esperanza,

      It's possible the balance shaft seal popped out, if so, there would be a lot of oil on the drivers side of the engine down near the oil pan. Let me know what you found, thanks.

      Hi Chris,

      Clear water dripping is usually caused by running the air conditioner. When the AC is on it removes moisture from the air, it collects on the evaporator and drains from the passengers compartment usually on the passengers side of center of vehicle below the firewall. Hope this helps.

      Hi Rex,

      How is the coolant mixture? It should be 50/50. Overflow tanks have a high and low mark for coolant because the system needs to expand and contract. Do you see any visible leaks on the block, ground or radiator?

      Hi Aakifah,

      if it's smoking, that means the fluid is getting hot and it could ignite. It's a good idea to get it fixed asap so it doesn't cause a fire.

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      Aakifah 10 months ago

      I have a power steering leak and the mechanic told me I need a new pump. Is it safe for me to still drive and also its smoking from under the hood is that do to the leak

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      Rex 10 months ago

      I am having an issue where my overflow reservoir is empty. I have seen leakage from somewhere near the top radiator hose and have replaced it but I'm still finding my overflow empty. My car runs a little hot but doesn't necessarily overheat and when I check the radiator it still has visible coolant in it. It's a Buick 2000 Park Ave sedan.

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      Chris 10 months ago

      Hi Eddie, Thanks for writing your article. I have just bought a second hand 2007 Renault Scenic II with 52857 miles on the clock. It passed it's MOT just before I purchased it but appears to be clear water dripping out a dozen or so drips every hour. It's last service was 41380 miles in Oct 2014 so I wonder what I can check next before taking it back to the dealership or for a Renault Service. I'm not quite sure when it requires its next service either. Any ideas for next steps? Thanks, Chris

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      Esperanza 10 months ago

      Hello. My 96 Honda, I purchased a lil' over a month ago from my room mate. She had just had the timimg belt replaced before then. The car has been leaking oil so I been making sure that I put oil in at least 2 times a week, which is about all I been driving the car. I had used some stop leak, refered by auto parts store. Fri. I put in oil, Thurs. my car, while driving, made this really weird sound, almost like if you can imagine vibrating metal, which I've heard the car doing before while driving, then my car turned off on me. I checked the oil, there was none on stick but I seen it on the ground where my car stopped & I parked. Do you have any idea what this could be? Thank you so very much! God Bless!

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      julie 11 months ago

      Hi I'm in the UK. .my mum has a 1989 ford fiesta which hasn't been driven in 2 years and is off road..lately I have noticed a bit of a smell and is dripping from in between front wheel but back a bit..I am going to put a piece of card under and see what the result is as she doesn't drive it there is no safety element but was worried in case it was petrol thanks

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      melinda 12 months ago

      Hi Eddie, I have a 2001 Chevy cavelier and I have noticed that I have water coming out of my tail pipe and I also have red fluid leaking underneath my car n inside. Sorry I don't know much about vehicles period but I was wondering if u could help me out with some advice. Thank u so much for what u do :)

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      Eddie Carrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Robert,

      The cars AC works when ever you have the defroster on, usually you'll see the AC light come on when it's working. Most likely that is what is leaving your stain.

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      Robert Burns 12 months ago

      Whatever is leaking from our 2006 Toyota Camery is leaving a dried stain by morning that is aprox. four feet long, running from the right front towards the garage door. (the direction the floor slopes) It varies in width from 4 to 5 inches at the top end to 1 to 2 inches at the bottom. It leaves a clear stain with a very white powdery substance on the edges. Our coolant is red so we have eliminated that

      Could it be the cars air conditionar is working without our knowing it.

      Thanks for any help you can offer us.

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      Emma 16 months ago

      My windshield washer fluid is blue... I know that my coolant is pink, wondering if maybe there is a loose hose somewhere?

      Thanks, Emma.

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      Eddie Carrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Emma,

      What color is your windshield washer fluid?

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      Emma 16 months ago

      I have a 2006 Jetta diesel, there is a small puddle of pink fluid beneath my drivers side front end. In front of the tire... Wondering what this could be? The fluid isn't oily, just a pink clear fluid. I had the radiator replaced within this past year, considering I had a coolant leak. Let me know what you think. Thanks, Emma.

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      Eddie Carrara 17 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steve,

      The Passport has no transmission dipstick. The only way to add fluid is to find the fill plug on the transmission pan (bottom of transmission) start the engine, remove the plug and pump fluid up into the transmission until it flows out the same hole your pumping it in. I know this doesn't sound logical, but that is how you fill the transmission, crazy right? Let me know if you have more questions Steve, thanks.

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      Steve pagano 17 months ago

      2002 Honda passport, 4WD automatic Trans, when going from park to drive it slips, it's leaking something that it brown to clear dirty brown, no Trans dipstick, where and how can I check and or add transfer if till I am able to pay someone for diagnosis and fixing

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      Steve pagano 17 months ago

      2002 Honda passport, 4WD automatic Trans, when going from park to drive it slips, it's leaking something that it brown to clear dirty brown, no Trans dipstick, where and how can I check and or add transfer if till I am able to pay someone for diagnosis and fixing

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      Eddie Carrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire

      You can do it Jojobri :)

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      Jojobri 18 months ago

      I will try my best to do so.

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      Eddie Carrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Jojobri,

      It's difficult to know what is making the noise without hearing it, if you could make a video of the noise and put it up on YouTube so I can hear it, that would be great, then just post the link on my website in the comment box. If you can't, start with the water pump and belts, the clattering noise may be the water pump bearing. Let me know if you can post a video, thanks.

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      jojobri 18 months ago

      My God Eddie u r awesome with your response time. Thank u for this quick response. My other concern is if the vibration and slightly clattering sound coming from under the bonnet is a bad engine signal. It is not entirely a squeal but also not totally clattering. Sort of a mixture of both.

      I am arranging to have the water pump replaced along with the belts. Let me know what is the best thing to do please.

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      Eddie Carrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jojobri,

      If the water pump is leaking, it sounds like the coolant is leaking onto the engine belt causing the squealing. It doesn't sound like you have any transmission problems, just a coolant leak and squeaking belt. If the torque converter was worn your transmission would be shifting very harsh or slipping. Let me know if you have more questions Jojobri.

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      jojobri 18 months ago

      Hi,

      Recently I noticed my car had started to vibrate slightly. I have a proton wira 1996 model. I was told i had a minor water pump leak. Now it has started to actually run out. the source seems to be coming from the area beneath the oil intake compartment. It is leaking more rapidly when then car is switched off. Please tell me if these factors point to engine or transmission problems.

      Also, I started getting a loud screeching noise whenever the car is turned on. The A/C / fan / blower inside started coming on same time the car starts and it doesn't switch off. And i was told at one check up that the torque converter is getting some wear and may be damaged . Are these linked?

      Please help me this is my first car and i am clueless and frustrated.

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      Eddie Carrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Diane,

      Have you opened the hood to see if there is anything spraying in the engine compartment? I recommend starting there, keep me posted, thanks.

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      Diane 19 months ago

      Add Your Comment: Hi Eddie, I have a 2013 Honda CRVwith a clear, sticky fluid spraying onto my windshield. It starts on the left driver's side, getting on the side window first, and gradually makes its way to the front windshield until the windshield is covered. It takes a few days, I washed it off and it's slowly coming back. No leaks on the ground. Under the hood ( not sure what I'm looking for though) there is no obvious mess. Also no lights come on dashboard. Do you have any ideas? Thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kim,

      The fluid you're describing sounds like transmission fluid or power steering fluid. I recommend pulling the dipstick on the transmission and P/S and smelling the fluid on it, if it smells the same, you found the culprit. If it doesn't smell the same, smell the other fluid in your vehicle until you can match it up. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Kim 19 months ago

      I have a 99 ford mustang. I haven't driven it in 2 weeks it's been in my garage. I noticed yesterday that there was a leak under my car. I looked and it seems to be coming from nect to the spring next to the front driver side. It spill is brownish and has almost a burnt smell. I checked my fluids and nothing is low. What could it be

      Thanks

      Kim

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      Eddie Carrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Carol,

      It sounds like a slight head gasket leak to me. If it's been boiling for a year, it may be getting worse now. I recommend bringing it to a shop who can test the cooling system for exhaust fumes. Keep me posted Carol, thanks.

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      Carol 20 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Hope you can help. Drove home last night. My coolant has been boiling in the reservoir for a year or so. Pulled into garage and heard a horrible scraping noise like I had run over a curb. Parked car and turned off engine. Coolant boiling as usual (been checked 2x no one is concerned). The a liquid started to gush out of the front end behind the grill on passenger side, below the area where the coolant lives - about 1/2 gallon I'd say. Sopped up some on a rag and it smelled sweet to me. Dried on the garage floor this morning it looks caked and whitish and liquid stain also appears like water after a hard rain. Towed to shop today and they pressure tested coolant for over an hour, no leaks detected, hoses OK, water pump OK (my 2005 dodge stratus is 10 years old, 124K miles). I've had serpentine belt replaced last year - they said belt was squealing around water pump and asked it I wanted it replaced. They said coolant a little low but not enough to worry about. I'm concerned about this fluid that came out of nowhere and don't know what it is. Could it be brake fluid?

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      Eddie Carrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire

      That is exactly what it sounds like Alex. Check your carpets for wetness near the center console or front foot area. If it's wet, that's most likely your problem. Keep me posted Alex.

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      Alex 21 months ago

      I drive a 1987 crown victoria and I smell coolant inside the cabin, and my windshield fogs up on a warm day. I checked my hoses and they're all dry and dandy. I don't know can it be a coolant leak inside the heater core

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Juls,

      Now that the oil is all cleaned upkeep an eye on your leak (leaks) Oil pan gaskets can become very messy, but so can any oil leak, lol. What color is your coolant in the engine? That may be the yellow fluid (Goldschläger ) yes, I like beer :) Let me know.

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      Juls 22 months ago

      97 toyota celica 2.2l gt, I have two leak questions. first- I had replaced the oil pan gasket a few months back, I suspect that it was put in without using any sealant, due to the fact the entire engine is covered with oil. it was everywhere, all the hoses, sensors, bottom of car from the wheels on back are covered in thick black sludge now. Ive cleaned it all up pretty well , since my car has been down for almost 3 weeks with replacing damn near everything else that has gone wrong. So, should I assume this massive oil leakage is from the oil pan gasket ?? and again, tear that down and replace it again, this time using a sealant? and #2 underneath the timing chain theres a sensor that is mounted to it. I thought this might be the camshaft position sensor that I have been searching for due to an error code that came up. (the car will not start) I unplugged the sensor connector, and then started to remove the bolts to remove it. As I am removing the 2nd bolt, a large amount of fluid comes pouring out, LMOAR like it was pressurized. I quickly tightened the bolt back up again, cleaned myself up and now am writing you. what the heck is that fluid? its like a clear/yellowish color, sort of thick but not really, with bubbles floating in it, if you're a drinker, it actually looks alot like Goldschläger ! ( if not google that) lol but it really did remind me of it. ts very oily feeling with a strong smell that I cant place. any ideas? Im thinking this is not the elusive camshaft sensor either. hmmm. ok thanks , look forward to your response.

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi M D,

      Is it hot outside? Is the AC on in your car?

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      m d 22 months ago

      I have a 2012 mazda 2 I noticed it is leaking fluid I tried it in 3 dif places parked it and looked under car and it was a slow drip witch has stopped it is clear and has no smell

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      Eddie Carrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire

      Sure Lisa, I'm glad you found it useful and helpful. The transmission has lines going to a cooler located at the bottom of the radiator, and that's where your leak was. Good thing you caught it when you did, the leak would have left you stranded at some point. Thanks for the update Lisa, I really appreciate it :)

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      Lisa 23 months ago

      Thank you for the information. It actually turned out to be a hole in the radiator. I appreciate all the information that you had about leaks. It was very informative.

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      Eddie Carrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa,

      Sounds like transmission fluid, it could be just a line leaking at the transmission cooler, keep your fingers crossed :) Keep me posted on what the mechanic finds, and if you have questions about the repair, I'll be right here :)

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      Lisa 23 months ago

      I have a 2003 Dodge Durango. Today I noticed a leak at the front of the vehicle. I have dropped it off overnight at a garage to be looked at tomorrow. But when I got home, I noticed a puddle on the garage floor. It is light pink has the consistency of water and is slightly slick (like a light oil). It does not have a odor. Wondering what it could be. Hope not expensive.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rachel,

      I'm not sure the color coolant that is suppose to be in you Tahoe, but if you see it on the ground, have it checked right away. It sounds like coolant, but it's leaking, so get it checked asap, and let me know what you find, thanks.

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      rachel pedraza 2 years ago

      I have a 2001 Chevy Tahoe. Coming back from church I noticed a pink almost Pepto bismol color underneath the front of it. I opened hood and in the coolant plastic thing was that same color in it. What is it?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Tyler,

      I recommend cleaning off all the excess oil (fluid) and try to identify where the leak is coming from. If it's oil, I don't recommend driving it until you fix the leak. Let me know if you have more questions.

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      Tyler 2 years ago

      It seems to be leaking from the top of my oil filter

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      Tyler 2 years ago

      97 vw jetta, started the engine this morning to warm it up, 5 or so minutes later while scraping frost from the windshield I heard a bubbling noise.. popped the hood and i see light brown liquid bubbling and dripping.. Can't identify what it's dripping from as I'm not very mechanically inclined.. any insight? Thanks in advance.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joel,

      Where is it leaking from?

      Hi Teri, some things are just unpredictable. Keep me posted on what the oil leak is, thanks.

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      Terri 2 years ago

      Thank you for responding about my oil leak I still have not heard anything from the mechanic shop I am hoping to hear back from them tomorrow and the funny thing is is that my family goes to him and he has been a good mechanic on my car, hoping it is not too serious and if it is their fault i hope they are honest about it and fix it. I will let you know for sure. Funny i have been so good at taking care of the car since I bought it and I had major work done to it so far like a new transmission and timing belt and so on and of all things to happen my car leaks of oil gushing out. LOL

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      joel 2 years ago

      Ok so i have a 1985 nissan 2 door pickup and its leaking a white almost clear fluid and it always and i mean always smells like gas when i see the fluid

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Teeri,

      It could have been the mechanics fault or a defective part, but it could also be a balance shaft seal inside the timing cover, if they do not have the updated plate over them they can pop out and dump lots of oil in seconds. If the oil leak was under the timing cover, most likely that is your problem. Let me know what they find and I can help you decide if they are telling the truth.

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      Terri 2 years ago

      Hello,

      My car is in the shop for a serious oil leak!! And the funny thing is that it is a 2001 Honda Accord that i bought a couple of years ago and i had no leaks in the car since I bought it and i have taking it in for oil changes and have major work done to it already so basically I have been taking care of this car!! And just recently i took it back to my mechanic for an oil change and I had taken it to him before for an oil change but only this time I was driging home from work and my oil indicator light came on and the next day I noticed oil had leaked from car and when I checked the dipstick it had no oil in it. I wen to replace the oil and took it back to mechanic and literally all the oil that i had put in leaked all on the garage floor. So my question is could it have been the garage's fault because i never had a leak on the car since I bought it and i was always looking to see of any leaks. This happened just after I got an oil change for the second time with this mechanic. They are investigating the problem as I type this and my car is in the shop over night. What could it be for it to be leaking like a river just busted?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Randis,

      Sorry I didn't see your post, yes, that sounds like coolant to me, possible water pump or hose. You need to see the point where it's leaking from the engine.

      Thank you Sosown :)

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      Kelly 2 years ago from NJ, USA

      I just fixed my own car-all by myself! I put brake fluid in and viola it was fixed. I can't believe I paid people 200 dollars to do something that simple. Any article that gives up info on how to keep the motor going is great by me!

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      Randis 2 years ago

      Hello there, my car seems to be leaking, what I believe to be a light greenish fluid, in the front of the car, more towards the center or left from the looks of it. I think it may be my coolant, the smell seems similar, but im not sure. Its a 1996 ford Taurus, please help, thanks!!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alicia,

      For right now, I recommend just keeping an eye on the leak, if it continues to leak, see if there is any color or smell to it. The windshield washer fluid bottle may be close to the fender bender, so keep an eye on it and let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Alicia 2 years ago

      With all the info you gave I'm leaning towards a water drip but on two days ago I had a minor fender bender on the front passenger side. Little bit of plastic broken or missing but nothing serious. Today I came out from work and noticed a little puddle under the fender on the front passenger side. I actually saw it drip from a small crack in the plastic underside of the bumper, but it looked pretty clear. Im thinking that draining water may have just redirected itself to that crack? 2007 mercury milan 6 cyl. Ty!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      You are very welcome Laura :)

      Hi Guy,

      Your rear main seal is probably leaking, and that would involve taking out the transmission for the repair, if it were the oil pan gasket, it a pretty easy fix, but not the rear main seal, YIKES!! Thanks for the feedback Guy.

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      Guy Paul Swenson 2 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thanks for your response, Eddie.

      My leak turned out to have something to do with the oil pan. I can't remember exactly now ... my mechanic said there were two different gaskets the oil leak might be coming from. One was a fairly easy fix, and one required a good amount of labor. It turned out to be the latter, and he recommended - since the leak is so minor and only happens when I stop the car and the oil settles back - that I just put a mat down on my garage floor to catch the drips 'cos the cost of repair would be so high.

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      Laura Smith 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      This is so helpful. Thanks a lot!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jason,

      It could be the tank, but it could also be a gasket on the sending unit or fuel line port. The old cars do tend to spring leaks in the tank, but for about $1k you could replace everything at the tank. The only way to know for sure is to lower the tanks and inspect it. Let me know what you find Jason, thanks.

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      jason 2 years ago

      I have a leak coming from the rear end and it smells like gasoline. If it helps they replace the fuel lines. I'm not sure if the gas tank has a hole. The car is quite old (mazda 323 1997)

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Josie,

      It's sounds like a head gasket leak (oil leaking into the coolant) It may be repairable as long as the engine is not making a rapping noise on acceleration. I wouldn't drive it if you plan on fixing it tho because you'll cause more damage. Let me know what you decide to do Josie, and if you more questions, I'll be right here :)

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      josie 2 years ago

      My car got over heated, but the color of the liquid is light brown (caramel brown) comming from the top of my tank...do you know what's wrong with it? I need help...should I repair it or is their another way to fix it...

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jeri,

      You're very welcome, if you ever need any automotive advice, you know where to find me, and don't forget to share this article, I would really appreciate it, thanks Jeri.

      Hi David,

      Is the smoke coming from the engine area or exhaust pipe? It sounds like something let go under the hood, splashed on an engine belt, started smoking, and made your belt slip and squeal. Let me know what color the smoke was, where it cam from and what it smelled like, thanks David.

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      David 2 years ago

      I have a dodge Durango 1997 it is smoking real bad and leaking oil this just happened today what do u think is wrong and to before all this it was making a noise likenit was a bad belt on it someone said it was the flywheel what do u think it was.

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      Jeri 2 years ago

      Hi Auto hub. Sorry for the late delay but I only got my

      my diagnosis from the mechanics this morning.

      They said my water pump , cam belt, tensioner, lower iblea pulley and the bolt need replacement. We are currently based in England and for the parts plus Labor it will coast me £ 1000. thank you for your help.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Jeri, I'm very curious to know what leaking.

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      Jeri 2 years ago

      Thank Auto hub. I got it towed and I am awaiting a diagnosis. I will keep you posted.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jeri,

      Sorry I'm so late , but it sounds like you have a coolant leak and it got on the power steering belt causing it to slip and hard steering. I would have it checked right away, it may be a good idea to have it towed as well. Let me know if you have more questions Jeri, and keep me posted on what the problem was, thanks.

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      Jeri 2 years ago

      I have a Chrysler Pacifica 2007. As I was parking my car tonight the steering wheel got real tight and I noticed some steam under the hood. After I walked out of the car I noticed a fluid trail. It was watery with a glaze of oil. Then right under my left frount tire I saw a pink liquid. I am so scared to drive my car ( hubby is away on business).

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      Imtiaz Ahmed 2 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Thanks too you. You look like a expert in this. :) Sure to ask you.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi imtii,

      Thank you very much, I really appreciate your feedback. If you ever need any automotive advice, you know where to find me :)

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      Imtiaz Ahmed 2 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      The best Auto hub i have ever read. Thanks for sharing your experience eddiecarrara. You just showed the solution of problems we face.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dianne,

      The oil probably pooled up in the body of the vehicle somewhere and the cat littler did not soak is up. The only other oily liquid in the rear of the vehicle is brake fluid, so I recommend checking the brake fluid reservoir, if it's full, it's probably still oil draining from the body of the vehicle. Let em know if this helps Dianne, thanks.

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      Dianne Pawlak 2 years ago

      I have a leak dripping from the rear of my car. I have a 1995 Honda Del Sol. The liquid feels oily, is clear in color, & has been slowly dripping since 6/20. (Today is 7/24). The reason I've waited this long to question it is that I usually change my own oil, & I had 2 5-quart jugs of the oil in the trunk . When I noticed the puddle under the trunk, I checked the jugs & both had loose tops & had spilled. I put plenty of cat litter inside the trunk to sop it up & I thought that would take care of it, but I still see dripping (less & less). If it isn't the oil, what else could it be?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Michael, let me know if you have any questions or if I can help in any way, and thanks for stopping by :)

      Hi Becky,

      Here are three possibilities:

      1. The thermostat is sticking and needs to be replaced (common problem)

      2. The coolant level is low and needs to be topped off (there is coolant in the engine and not water, right?)

      3. The cooing fan is not working properly, (when the engine reaches normal operating temp, you should hear and see the cooling fan come on)

      Let me know if you have any questions Becky, and let me know if I can help in any way, thanks.

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      Becky Brown 2 years ago

      My car's temperature hand goes all the way up and then back down again at random times. I have taken it to 2 different auto mechanics; the first one couldn't find anything wrong, and the second one suggested it was some type of gauge that costs $120! No lights come on, my son has found NO evidence of any leaking under the car. I just want to know what's causing that hand to move up and back!

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      Michael Kismet 2 years ago from Northern California

      Whoa, thanks a heap! Now I definitely know what kind of leak I'm dealing with..amazing hub.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Daniel,

      The only way to fix the leak is to replace the radiator, unless you know some one who can solder the radiator. I do not recommend any type of stop leak, only if it's an absolute emergency. Let me know how you make out Daniel, thanks.

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      Daniel 2 years ago

      i use a golf 3 volswagen car,recently i noticed that an emergency indicator on the dash board showing caution. when i switch the engine off the indication goes off,but when on it came back,after several checks i found out that there was no water in my radiator(and this are one of the checks i carried out every morning before i go out daily)i waited for four hours after the engine is cool and filled the radiator to the required level,shortly after i found that the radiator is leaking by the side,where we have the aluminium part attached to the fins of the radiator .please what the best way to repair this leakages.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Laura,

      Are you sure it's coolant and not just water or windshield washer fluid? There should be no coolant in the air conditioner, coolant has nothing to do with the AC, only the heater core. You may have a hose that is leaking because when they swap out the engine block, they remove all hoses and it may be just something they forgot to tighten. Let me know what they find Laura, thanks.

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      laura o 2 years ago

      Hi so my Honda civic 2008 was leaking coolant. I took it to the dealership and the engine block was replaced and valves were adjusted. Two days after that I notice that my car is leaking blue liquid when I turn on the air but a lot leaks out. I know with the ac it can happen and I believe the liquid is coolant. But what can be causing the leak? I m taking the car back to the dealership

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tony,

      If it's watery, it's probably coolant, if it's oily, It's most likely transmission fluid. The leak is probably coming from the radiator, but there is coolant and transmission fluid running through it so you need to give it the touch and smell test :) Let me know what you find Tony, thanks.

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      tony dee 2 years ago

      Got a 2007 Corolla and a few pink drops from the front of it. Coolant or transmission???

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gary,

      Does your Venture have rear AC? If it does, maybe y the AC system has dye in it and you have a leak? Is the AC still cold? Let me know Gary, thanks.

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      Gary 2 years ago

      I have a 2002 Chevy Venture, by the back left tire there is bright green fluid dripping from a tube, near the brake lines. Is that A/c fluid?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Raizhel, if you have any automotive questions, you know where to find me :)

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      Ruby S. 2 years ago

      Thanks for writing this very useful hub. I have hint now where leaks mostly come from the next time I will experience this in my car.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alfa,

      Is the fluid green, pink, purple, blue or red, lol. Do you know if it's watery or oily? Let me know Alfa.

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      alfa 2 years ago

      i ran over a cement parking block(stupid mistake i know) but now my car is leaking something and its comming from the right front side near passanger side and i dont know what it is.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ron,

      I would keep a eye on it, see if you find anything dripping under the vehicle, if there is, figure out what the fluid is. It could be residual oil from the oil change if the mechanic didn't clean off the engine after the oil change. Keep me posted on what you find Ron, thanks.

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      Ron Bayless 2 years ago

      My truck started smoking and when I looked under hood it looked like coolant has splashed all over my engine .. I just had a oil changed last Friday.. The coolant level is low.. Do you think it's just a leak ?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lizolivia,

      I know car stuff is a little boring, but it can really help out when your in a pinch, lol. Thanks for sharing Lizolivia, and you're very welcome :)

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      Lizolivia 2 years ago from Central USA

      Thanks for the helpful info! I'm sharing this hub with family and friends.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jarrod,

      Most likely the CV boot has torn open or a band let go. If your not mechanically inclined, it's not an easy job to tackle, you may want to bring this to a mechanic. Let me know if you have any more questions, and keep me posted on what you find Jarrod, thanks.

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      Jarrod 2 years ago

      Hi, I have a 2001 Totota 4unner with 210k miles. Recently I started noticing a puddle under the car just behind the back passenger tire. It looks like it spins it all over the inside wheelwell of the tire. I put my finger in it and it is thick and oily. Looks brownish. Any ideas and is it something I may be able to do myself? Thank you for any help.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joe,

      Are you sure you don't have a fuel leak on top of the tank and it's mixing with the under coating causing an oil looking leak? Did you smell the oil? There is no oil over the gas tank unless you have some in the trunk that has spilled. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      joe ramirez 2 years ago

      I have a 99 mustang gt has oil leak above the gas tank I don't know where the oil is coming from

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jess,

      I would try a adding coolant to you system, if your running straight water, the boiling point is 212 deg, by adding coolant, the boiling point will be much higher. I think what is happening here is the water in the system is evaporating. If you don't see any leaks, evaporation is the only logical answer :) Let me know how that works, thanks Jess.

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      Jessica 2 years ago

      Thanks Eddie. I checked the oil in the car & it's fine. what else should i check for?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jess,

      You are probably burning the coolant or it could be leaking internally. I would start by checking your oil dipstick to see if there is any milky residue on it, if it's just clean oil, you're all set, but if it looks like chocolate milk, you probably have a blown head gasket. BTW, you should never use straight water in a cooing system because it will corrode the entire system over time. Let me know what you find Jess, thanks.

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      Jessica 2 years ago

      hi, i have a 95 acura legend & i seem to have to add water everyday to the radiator . but it shows no sign of leaks. what could it be.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Guy,

      Sometimes AC evaporators can be clogged with debris trapping water inside the evaporator. When the vehicle is driven, water move around inside the evaporator and leaks out slowly, so even though you didn't use the AC today, you could still have some water trapped and it's leaking out slowly. If the mechanic can't see or find the leak, most likely it's water dripping from the evaporator. The best thing you can do is to keep a flashlight in the vehicle and when you see it dripping, see if you can pinpoint the leak by looking up under the car. Let me know if this helps Guy, thanks.

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      Guy Paul Swenson 2 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I have a 96 Nissan Altima that I've taken to my mechanic for various issues (the most recent, front brakes and replacing the intake manifold gasket) and every time, I mention that I have a leak making a spot on my driveway about a foot toward the center of the car from the wheel on the passenger side, under the front hood.

      Every time, they cannot find a leak.

      Today, I parked the car and got out immediately because I was fixing to open the door passenger door for an elderly friend and I say something leaking from that same spot and fast.

      I mention it because I don't think I have something dripping from my car, I think I have something that flows from it, but only immediately after I stop the car. It was about 3 Tablespoons of fluid, and it looks to me like the color of oil and does have a greasy kind of feel. It does stain - permanently - so it's not water (and I didn't have the a/c on today when I stopped).

      Does that add up to anything probable to you?

      Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Robert, that's really cool, thanks for sharing :)

      You're going to have to have the leak fixed by someone who knows transmissions, the shift linkage seal may be a bit tricky to change if your not mechanically inclined. Don't add any additives to the transmission to stop it from slipping, it will only make things worse. Keep your transmission fluid level at the top until you can get the leak fixed. Keep me posted Robert on what happens,and if you have more questions, I 'll be right here :)

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      robert 2 years ago

      I heard from you from google. I was just looking around and found the site thanks how do i like and share so others can view and seek help ive talked aboit the site to my friends and family thanks alot. The leak seems to be coming from the engine right above the exhauste and under the engine and its motor oilles shwabes told me its the shift linkage cover and the slipping has calmed down it just keeps leaking only in the morning when i turn it on the first time then if it sits for more than 2 hours it will leak

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Robert,

      I'm not sure if your looking to fix it yourself or bring it to a shop, but if you think there is a leak, you need to find out what is leaking and fix it. The best advise I can give you is to clean the area of the leak with a can or brake cleaner and then run the vehicle and watch for the leak. Once you fix the leak, I recommend replacing the transmission fluid and filter if it has one.

      This is just a starting point, if it's still slipping, I recommend bringing it to the professionals. Let me know if this helps Robert. Question for you, How did you hear about me?

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      robert 3 years ago

      Hello i understand that you can help me with my problem. My transmission has been slipping and leaking i had a crack in my transmission coolant line the slipping has calmed down after i switched that out and now the leak appears to be coming from the shift linkage cover i think not to sure wish you would be able to look at it but from what i wrote can you give me any advice

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ann,

      I try to give as much info as possible because I know how hard it is to find it on the Internet, that's why I started writing these Hubs to begin with :) I would keep an eye on it for a few days or weeks just to see if it keeps leaking. It will be a lot easier for a mechanic to figure out if it's been dripping for a few weeks. If it keeps leaking, maybe you could take a short video of it a put it on YouTube so I can see it. Let me know what you think, thanks.

      Hi Amanda,

      It's either transmission fluid or power steering fluid, I would have it towed because it could leave you stranded. Sorry for the late reply, I didn't see these comments :(

      Hi Chris,

      I was thinking it was leftover washer fluid that drips from the lines or the hood area after spraying the windshield. I would check the washer lines and nozzles for any leaks, I bet one of the washer nozzles sit's right about where you see the leak. Let me know, I could be way off track, so keep me posted, thanks.

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      Chris 3 years ago

      I am not sure of washer fluid color, but am pretty sure blue. That leak is still there, I have been trying to locate the source. I thought of windshield wiper fluid but the reservoir is on the other side of vehicle in the fender. It's the darnest thing. I'm sure I will figure it out soon, just weird. I come across your page and thought I would ask if you had thoughts. If it turns out to be windshield wiper fluid that would be much preferred then say changing a heater core or water pump. I have to change the clock spring next. It never ends. This may well be my last ford/ lincoln/ mercury vehicle. Any other thoughts let me know. Thanks

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      Amanda 3 years ago

      So i parked my car and my car started gushing out red oil think its tranamiaaion oil ..... what do i do or bug or what ??????????

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      Ann 3 years ago

      No, no dye in the system. Never had a leak before. I own this car from brand new and other than oil changes, one set of new tires, new battery, inspection, it never needed anything til this dec (55,000 miles). I had an inspection in Dec which the mechanic said I had an oil gasket leak/crack and he fixed that (showed me the damaged part and all) and did a good going over of the engine and all systems because my son drives this car to and from school...he is a good guy this mechanic. Then the accident was on Jan 1st., and the body damage is near where the leak is. The body repair was last week and the body shop said they had their mechanic look at it and found nothing. Seems to be after a longer 20+ minutes drive...it has been a hard cold winter and likely the front defroster was used on warm setting. After my first note to you, I did check the power steering fluid but it was not yellow green. No indicator light on the dash came on either...is this a wait and see? Thanks Eddie for the quick response too. Tried to find an answer on the internet but your posts seem to be the most thorough and correct....Ann

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ann,

      AC refrigerant could be yellow /green if there is die in the system. Are you using your AC or have you ever had die put in the air conditioning system to check for leaks that you know of? Let me know Ann, thanks.

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      ann 3 years ago

      Hi,

      I have 2007 Impala and have a light yellow/green leak from the center of the engine to more toward the driver's side. Only when car is driven for more than about 20 minutes

      I had a driver side impact accident affecting the driver door and front panel.

      Mechanic said he can't find a leak and that there is no type fluid that is yellow/green.

      Car uses the Dexcool coolant which is brown/orange. Thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chris,

      What color is your washer fluid? BTW, for a hillbilly, you sure do have some great writing skills, sometimes I can't understand the writings of collage graduates, lol. Let me know about the washer fluid, thanks.

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      Chris 3 years ago

      I have a 2005 mercury monterey. It uses the new pink coolant rather then the old green. I have a leak that is only located around the bushing on the front A-arm on the drivers side (I noticed it when I was changing the wheel bearing). It appears to be green antifreeze. The reservoir has good clean looking pink coolant in it. The coolant hasn't dropped any, and isn't even the same liquid that is leaking. It is not coming from in the frame tubing that A-arm is attached to, I found a drain hole right under there and put my finger in and the inner box frame tubing is dry. This has me baffled. I do most maintenance and service to my own vehicles and this is new to me, honestly it makes no sense. I thought I hit a puddle of antifreeze, but i dry the area and it is wet there again after driving for a while. It is green antifreeze, smells like it, green and color, and did the taste test and it is "sweet" tasting. (yeah I'm a hillbilly) All that is above the wet spot is the brake booster, some brake lines (which aren't leaking), CV joint,and throttle cable. There is no wetness around that entire area above it, and the in and return of the heater core lines on firewall are dry. Any thoughts?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dana, is it water on the floor or coolant, you will be able to tell just by the smell and the touch. If it coolant, your heater core may be leaking, if it water, you probably have a water leak from the windshield or something. Top off the coolant and keep an eye on it, and keep me posted on what you find Dana, thanks.

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      Dana 3 years ago

      There is water on the floor-driver side- of my 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The coolant low indicator came on & was very low. Wondering what the problem is?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Danielle,

      It sounds like you have a problem with a leak in the cooling system not the AC. You need to have this fix ASAP!, or you will ruin your engine, you may even need to have it towed to the garage because it leaking so much. Let me know what they find Danielle, thanks.

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      Danielle 3 years ago

      I have a 10999 vw jetta and it is leaking a lot of watter from my ac drain what do I need to do to fix this I can fill the car up with water and I can drive 3 minutes and the water light will come back on. This is a problem for me because it is the car I transport my kids in please help

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi 206,

      It sounds to me like someone may have topped off the oil just before you bought it and may have spilled a bit on the engine? The orange fluid could be coolant, the only way to know for sure is to check the color of the coolant in the radiator.

      The best tools are your eyes and a flashlight when it comes to leaks, if you see drips on the ground, try to figure out where they are coming from by looking up from that spot, then take a peak from the top looking down with a flashlight, even if the sun's out, remember, leaks lurk in the shadows. Keep me posted on what you find 206, and if you have more questions, you know where to find me :)

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      206 3 years ago

      Hi there Eddie,

      I just bought a 2001 Peugeot 206 and am having a few problems with it already. Upon driving the car away, i noticed a little bit of smoke coming from the engine and a loud noise. I parked the car, opened the bonnet and had a look. I saw oil on the engine, at the bottom, as if it had been spilled or leaked. The loud noise appeared to be coming from the fan and the bonnet was quite hot to touch, even after five minutes of driving. I could not see any smoke when i lifted the bonnet,only when it was closed. The temperature gauge was quite high, not in the red, but still quite high. I topped it up with some water and it brought the temperature down a bit. The heating in the car was fine. The oil appears fine, no white substance etc. The smoke from the exhaust is a grey colour. When i switched the engine off, the fan continued to go on for about ten minutes afterwards. This morning i noticed a wet patch directly underneath the car, orange coloured, i think this could be something to do with the radiator? Apart from all that, the car drove fine, very smooth with no other noises, no loss of power etc. Any information is appreciated, thank you very much for taking the time to read this :-)

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dixie0601,

      If the coolant is dripping off the oil pan, check the weeping hole in the water pump, most likely the coolant is coming from the hole when the engine cools off. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Dixie0601 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Well the fluid is definitely the DexCool. I went into the garage this a.m. and sure enough the fluid was somewhat substantial and pink and greasy. I don't believe its coming from the AC directly based on the location of the drip. It is coming from right around the oil pan....being that we were working in that area trying to get the drive belt on and changing the oil, I'm hoping for something as simple as a loosened hose. I will however try the compressed air trick. I just need to locate the drain tube.

      The all wheel drive light went back off on its own though I know I got a repair coming very soon on that.

      Thaks so much! Will keep you posted.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Randall,

      The stop leak doesn't have anything to do with the fuel gauge, and the a respond about the AC was for Dixie, lol.

      I was saying that the radiator could still be leaking and the coolant could be traveling along an engine beam or something, and then dripping somewhere other than where the leak originated from.

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      randall 3 years ago

      hey eddie

      Its cold out here so im not running my ac. gas gauge could be a seperate issue. i thought it was a little wierd that it happend a little after i put the stop leak.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dixie0601,

      If the drip is on the passengers side right below the firewall, you ac is the culprit. If the evaporator drain is clogged, the water inside the evaporator will drip slowly leaving a large puddle, then it will dry without a trace. When you use your defrost, most newer vehicles will automatically turn on the ac, drawing the moisture out of the air, but instead of draining, your drain is clogged by debris.

      Try using some compressed air up the drain tube (lightly), then watch for the flood. The All wheel drive service light is a separate problem. Let me know what you think Dixie0601, and keep me posted, thanks.

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      Dixie0601 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      No AC running. Warm enough to drive a little while with window down. I did as you suggested above placing something underneath the car to try to determine what kind of fluid it is. When I left work (I had been parked all day) there was a good 1 foot wide and 5 feet long run off from the drip ( I park in a parking garage). I kept an eye on all my gauges on my way home and assuming they are working properly nothing was out of the norm. When I got up this a.m. the white board I used was dry and clean???? But when I got in the car and started to leave this morning my service light for my all wheel drive was on???? Related or not, I have no idea....I just hope this/these are not going to be an expensive fix.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Randall,

      I think you have to separate issues here. You could still have a coolant leak at the radiator, the coolant may be raveling along a engine beam or cross member, then dripping down. The gas gauge could have many different causes, sending unit, gauge or wiring problems.

      Hi Dixie0601 ,

      This may be a silly question, but is it water coming from the AC? or is it cold out there?

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      Dixie0601 3 years ago

      I have 2004 Buick Ranier. I just changed the alternator and drive belt, addd cool dex, and I did an oil change. I am now seeing a greasy water leak. Reminds me of the feel of greasy water like when my son's heater core went out. I don't have a leak inside so I'm not sure what it might be. It could be as simple as overfilling the reservoir with the cool dex. How would I know for sure or its something else.? I know it isn't oil, it isn't colored like transmission or powersteering....it also seems to be odorless??? I admit I am stumped.

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      Randall Garcia 3 years ago from Dinuba, California

      i had a leak from my radiator. 2006 caravan bout 150,000. i put bars or something like that stop leak. the leak stopped in the front, but know theres a leak close to the middle of my car but closer to the front. it looks like pure water. also i was running my heater while i drove the car around for about an hour on high. what could it be. then all of a sudden my gas guage went all the way to full then back to where it was. bout half tank.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Marvin, what is all over the rim, is it oily or greasy?

      Hi Carl, are you sure it's from your car? Do you see any oil dripping from your car underneath?

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      Carl 3 years ago

      2001 Saturn L200: just saw alot of oil underneath the car (after adding 2qrts last night ) but the engine dipstick says max. Could this be an oil leak or does the car dump any excess oil ive added? It has no warning lights on the dash and runs fine too. Just worried about the oil underneath. I took it out for a drive just now and came back home. no new oil underneath.

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      marvin 3 years ago

      Hi, I have a 2005 Honda accord and on the front passager it leaks some type of fluid that smells like burning oil. Not sure what it is but the rim is filthy black. Can you help me out to determined what the problem is.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tammy,

      The radiator has a transmission cooler in it at the bottom, you may have cracked the cooler or damaged a line. I would have it looked at asap before you run out of transmission fluid. Let me know what you find out, thanks Tammy.

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      Tammy 3 years ago

      I was stuck in the snow had gone over a rock, on the passenger side of the car. Next day notice bottom bumper on the right side of car broke plus reddish brown fluid puddle Notice the leak was coming from the middle of the front of the car. Radiator fluid is full.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Danyell, I recommend taking it to the dealership asap if it's still under warranty. I can't say if it's safe to drive under those conditions because I don't know how bad the leak is, BUT, I can tell you that if you run the coolant too low, you could warp a cylinder head and cause a lot of down time and damage. I would stop at the dealer and leave it with them for a day so they can fix it. Let me know what you decide to do Danyell, thanks.

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      Danyell 3 years ago

      I have a 2011 Chevy Cruze LS. I have a coolant leak. I know because when I took my car for an oil change the guy told me, but he said he wasn't sure where it was coming from. I went for an inspection a couple days ago to a different place and they said the same thing, but this time they said it was from a hose. They topped off my coolant. Now 2 days later, there is white smoking coming from under the hood. My car is not overheating. It runs normal to me. Is it safe to drive for a couple of days??? My dad is going to come look at it within the next 2 days. He said a hose is an easy fix. If it is not the hose, I plan to take it to the dealership because my car is still under powertrain warranty. There are about 43,000 miles on it.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Letty, I know this is going to sound stupid, but you need to find a reputable mechanic, there is no simple cure for a leak. It could be caused by the mechanic who did the water pump job. Did you bring it back to them and tell them it's still leaking? I wish I could help more but I can only guide you from here, you have to do the rest. Let me know Letty.

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      Letty 3 years ago

      I need help! My car is a 2003 Chevy impala and it's leaking a orange color from the left front side. I was told it was the water pump, which I got a new water pumped replaced. I popped the hood and my cool-dex (antifreeze) was near empty. I already have had to buy 5 gallons to put in it cuz a gallon is used up in a week. Ugh. I already have been to 3 mechanics. What do I do, I want the problem to be fixed ASAP. ??

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Jen that's great, spending more miles with the one you love, how sweet, lol. Yes the cold weather will cause your tire pressures to fall, you can actually lose up to one pound of pressure for every 10 degrees the temp drops.

      I actually just wrote another article on "Low tire pressure warning light is on" you should check it out when you have some time or if you know of anyone who has a low tire pressure warning system in their vehicle.

      Anyways, thanks for coming back to give me the update, it really help me and the other readers out a lot :)

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      Jen 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie - I wanted to let all know that the power steering pump and belt needed to be replaced. There were no leaks in the system. The pump was on its way out causing fluid pressure to be incorrect, and causing the fluid backup into reservoir. And, steering fluid flushed and replaced once new pump installed. So, we get to drive into the sunset and share more miles together! ps- tire pressure was low in all tires... With the cold cold weather , it is important to check regularly.

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      Jen 3 years ago

      Thanks for the super quick reply Eddie! I thought it may need the system flushed but I thought it may be air in the system. All of your thoughts may sense & are greatly appreciated! I wondered is it dangerous to drive short distances like this - could the power steering just stop all together in an instant? I am going to make an appointment with my mechanic but I just wanted to know this in case he is booked early this week. And, sadly, here in NY we are looking at another week of temps in the twenties and teens! ~ Jen

      PS - I want you to know that I enjoyed reading all your above responses to other people too! Very informative, helpful and kind too! Thank you Eddie for sharing your expertise!! And, I gave your hub a well deserved thumbs up!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jen, I sounds like you have some moisture in the power steering fluid and it's freezing on these cold nights. I would try having someone flush the power steering lines and add new fluid, see if this takes care of the problem, if no, you may have a problem inside the steering rack valve body or a blockage in one of the power steering lines. Let me know if you have any other questions Jen, and keep me posted on the outcome, thanks.

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      Jen 3 years ago

      Hi again Eddie - Re: 89 Honda LX-I power steering reservoir leak... the power streeing fluid foamed up & over the reservoir holder last week after I started the car after a couple of days of below freezing temps. I cleaned it up, saw it wasn't below the min level so I drove it (after speaking to my mechanic's shop. So, the other day, I knew I was just under min. level and the power streering didn't "kick in" until the car moved down the driveway. BTW, at that time the wheel was REALLY HARD to turn ( and I thought it could be driven w/o power steering... didn't we do that in the past?!!) Anyway, I drove to a friend's stayed there a couple of days. Again, the temps were below freezing. I came out started car after putting power steering fluid up near max level. It foamed out again just like last time! It is now again below/right near the MIN level, where there is also a connected rubber hose on the reservoir. Can you tell me what the issue may be causing this problem? I have 183.5K on car.

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      Jen 3 years ago

      Why is my 89 Honda LXi power steering reservoir overflowing when I start it in below freezing temperatures? It is not over the max level prior starting. And, overflows until just under where the hose is on the reservoir.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Well small claims court doesn't cost much, I would a least go that route :)

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi lunacasinouk, red fluid is transmission fluid, clear fluid is usually from the air conditioning evaporator. I would have the red fluid thing check out, but i wouldn't worry about the clear fluid drips, every car using air conditioning will leave those kind of drips, no need to be embarrassed :)

      Hi Suresh, I would bring him to small claims court or get a lawyer to send him a letter, it will be worth it in the long run.

      Hi Sita, it sounds like it's the air conditioner dripping, but I would have your alignment checked if you hit the curb hard.

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      Sita 3 years ago

      Hi there

      we have recently bought a Toyota Aurion Presara. I was driving yesterday and I accidentally climbed over the curb on the side of the road. I heard a bang which was from underneath the car banging on the curb. as soon I stopped the car I looked underneath the car and I saw fluid dripping. since then I keep noticing that fluid drips from underneath the car. Is it air conditioning fluid or something serious???? the Fluid is clear water.

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      suresh 3 years ago

      Hi few weeks ago I bought a Ford festiva 1999 model car from licence seller. He was a guy over 60 years of age. I trust his words but later found he sold me lemon taking advantage of my poor knowledge about car. Car start to stall in idelling and I can see oil or greasy thing in engine area. And I can see wet under the car / engine. I need help . What to do to get money back as he refused to pay back or repair.

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      lunacasinouk 3 years ago from UK

      All this car talk is making me hungry! My car leaks this red fluid thing, but on weekends after long drives the fluid drips are clear and colorless. I drive a Honda. There seems to be no problem now, but the drip marks I leave behind parking lots are kinda embarrasing

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Sure Monique, no problem :) The spray would be from a small leak, maybe a pinhole in a hose or radiator. I recommend filling the coolant to the top and running it in the driveway for a while, checking it for drips, sprays or leaks while it idling. If you don't see anything obvious, rev the engine to about 3000 rpm's for about 30 seconds and recheck. Let me know what you find Mo, thanks.

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      monique 3 years ago

      Thank u for getting back with me ill do the coolant bleed! Still wondering where the spray of white residue would be coming from under the hood? Im confused hqve for sale on internet but dont wqnt to get rid of if cheap fix

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Monique, you may have to have the coolant system blead to remove the air bubbles, I believe what you're hearing is the bubbles moving around in the cooling system. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks :)

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      monique 3 years ago

      Have a 95 plymth neon seems to be leaking coolant under hood has dried white residue on passanger side. Cant find any leaks in upper hoses had friend do collant and didnt put cap back on right stared smoking after that and noticed the dried white residue under hood now gurgles when turn off the engine what could be wrong?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Robin, You should never be able to smell coolant (sweet smell) under the hood, that is a sure sign of a leak. I would top off the radiator and overflow tank when the engine is cold, then have someone take a look at it. It could be something simple like a hose clamp, so don't wait. Let me know what you find Robin, thanks.

      Hi Denise, awesome work :) The best sealer to use is 3m brushable seam sealer, it's permanent, and it the same sealer manufacturers use, and its the only stuff I use on body seams, silicone is temporary. You can find 3m brushable seam sealer at most autoparts stores, or online like at Amazon. Let me know how you make out Denise, and thanks for all your feedback so far :)

      Hi Saurabh, I'm not sure on the cost, most auto parts have a one year warranty, you might want to check you old receipt to see when it was actually done. If the pump is under the timing cover, it will be big bucks to change, if it's on the outside of the timing cover, it will be less.

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      Saurabh 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Okay to finally mechanic opened his shop today after the xmas holidays..Now, he is saying Water Pump needs to be replaced.. I don't know understand, it was replaced last year only..How much approx. does it cost for 2005 Nissan Maxima SL??

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      Denise 3 years ago

      I posted a request yesterday for advise about a leak in the trunk of my car. After reading all the other posts, we went outside and used a garden hose on the outside of the car while I stayed inside the car, back seats folded down, so I could see a leak in the trunk. We found it! The area around the gas tank was the culprit!!! I will wait until the area dries thoroughly and then caulk the area with silicone. Thank you for this blog of advise for this problem!

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      Robin 3 years ago

      Hi. I been a bit freaked out over my 2006 Cobalt today, after I got to my grandma's earlier today and cut my car off I heard the a fan running, so when I left my grandma's I kept an eye on my coolant temp and it hit a max 241°f and went as low as 208°f. After getting home the fan wasn't running, I let it cool off and checked the surge/overflow tank found it was low(No warning on dash about low coolant levels has appeared at anytime). I may have did a boo-boo and drove it back to church and the temps hit 235°f and then went back to the 207-210° range. I didn't hear the fan running during this time or feel a loss of power. (It's been low before and I had my dad fill it back to where it should be.) I should say when I check the temp it's usually 198°, I've read on the net and other Cobalt owners say not to worry about temps till it hits 250° but I'd rather take care of it now then later when it could be a bigger problem. I've not see a puddle of fluid from my parking spots(I check them frequently as in my other car I've seen the puddles of green death and I have a fear of looking up and seeing it again.)

      It's been checked when we last added fluid about 2months ago for milky oil and it was fine.

      I was wondering what you supposed it could be? Temp sensor, leak, broke hose? I should note that if the car is hot I sometimes smell a bit of the sweet smell if I get real close to the engine compartment. My dad says that's normal and as he's had more cars then me I'll take his word. Coolant is gonna be added tomorrow and I plan to get a pressure test as soon as I can afford it. Money's a bit tight till payday.

      P.S. sorry for the long rambling post.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Saurabh, I'll wait to hear back from you :)

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      Saurabh 3 years ago

      Thanks Eddie,

      I will be getting it towed tomorrow morning, why drive and take a chance..Will definitely keep you posted how it goes..Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kristine, the only thing you could do is keep a spray bottle of windshield washer fluid in you car and spray the windshield when you need it. Hope this helps.

      Hi Saurabh, the mechanic may have forgot to tighten a clamp or you may have a hose leaking. I would top off the reservoir, take a quick look at the radiator and hose clamps, and then drive it back to them. If it doesn't seem safe, get it towed, like you said, you have a towing membership so it will be no cost to you and you will have peace of mind. Let me know what you find Saurabh, thanks.

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      Saurabh 3 years ago

      2005 Nissan Maxima..

      Last week, I saw green fluid(coolant) dripping down from left side(passenger)..went to my mechanic and got my radiator replaced last week..Now, again its dripping slowly specially when car is parked NOT on..Coolant is the radiator is fine but reservoir quite low..What seems to be the problem now as I have a brand new radiator? Also, I will be taking the car back to my mechanic who is 10 kms away, is it safe to drive or do I get it towed as I have towing membership.. Please advise?

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      Kristine 3 years ago

      Hello,

      My car's windshield washer fluid system is leaking (when I pour fluid in, all of it leaks out). I was wondering if you would be able to tell me or find me a temporary fix for this? I just need to drive to a different city and my father can fix it for me, but I need a temporary fix when driving to three hours, until then. Do you know of, perhaps, a system I can install on the hood of my car that can dispense the fluid until I can make it to the other city?

      Thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Wendy, If I were to guess, I would say that the oil drain bolt is leaking because if the engine isn't running, the only place for oil to leak out is the bottom of the oil pan, where the oil drain bolt is located. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Wendy 3 years ago

      I have a 2000 dodge durango and as the truck sat for 2 weeks in my driveway I noticed there is a huge puddle of oil developed under the truck, we checked the oil and it was empty and their is no oil pressure. the exhaust is clear and it starts just fine. Before this happened when I would push on the brake coming to a stop the oil pressure would drop to nothing causing my car alert to come on, but would go back up once the it accelerated. I checked the oil and it was low so I had just put oil in the truck before parking it for 2 weeks. what could be cause

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kel, the coolant tank is an expansion tank, when the engine heat's up and cools down the coolant need to go somewhere without spilling onto the ground. The expansion tanks job is to control this, that's why there is a hot and cold level marked on the tank. If the tank were always empty, that would mean you have a leak, but if the levels keep changing between hot and cold cycles, it's totally normal :) Let me know if this answers your question, thanks Kel.

      Hi Monica, if you can't see a leak externally, it may be leaking internally, like a head gasket or intake gasket. Is there excessive smoke coming from the exhaust? Pull the oil dipstick, see if your oil is clean or does it look like chocolate milk, if it's milky, you may have a blown head gasket between the coolant passage and oil galley. Let me know what you find Monica, thanks.

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      Monica 3 years ago

      92 Buick LaSabre. Leaks only when driven. Cardboard under the car when parked produces no fluid residue to verify leak color. Discovery of this leak was due to the car overheating in traffic. Radiator replaced 1 yr ago. Filling the radiator and coolant reservoir is now necessary every 2 to 3 days. The temps in WA State are in the 20's/30's. I'm thinking radiator or bad hose connection. Your thoughts would be welcome.

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      kel23 3 years ago

      why is it that my coolant @ reservoir is emptying after i run my car (honda civic 1998) for a day not whole day?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Tman, you're welcome. So you have water in the evaporator and you need to drain it? The best way to drain the water from the evaporator is to use compressed air up the drain tube or use a coat hanger wire to try to clear the drain from the bottom. Once the water drains completely, run the heat in the car for about a half hour to dry out the vents and hvac system. Let me know if this helps Tman.

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      tman 3 years ago

      Your info I found it so useful thank you so much. I took out aircon radiator the one that situated near water radiator but water is coming out of draining pipe for aircon and sometimes a vapour comes inside the ventilator. What can I do?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ansy, the head gasket probably blew first and cause excessive pressure in the cooling system, causing the radiator to blow. The new head gasket should last at least 100k, and yes, Subaru's are notorious for blown head gaskets. Keep me posted on the new head gaskets, and if you have any questions I'll be right here :)

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      ansy93 3 years ago

      I figured out it was the radiator that blew a leak last night and the clear liquid was coolant.

      I drove it home immediately (maybe 10 minutes)

      This morning I drive to get it looked at by local mechanic and he says the head gaskets blew from radiator being too hot. Is it possible this happened that quick? Or maybe the head gasket had been blown. Either way I did not notice anything wrong with the car, i.e. CEL or any handling/acceration issues, etc, until the radiator blew last night.

      The car is currently in shop getting new radiator and new head gasket and will be ready by Wednesday or Thursday.

      My Subaru has 204,000 miles on it and the previous owner said he had replaced the head gaskets and re built the bottom end not long before I purchased the car(he was a Mazda tech).

      How long do you think it will last with the new gaskets? I hear these models of Subaru have problems all the time with head gaskets.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Nope Ansy, if you're not using the AC, the evaporator will not collect water. Maybe the water is getting trapped and it finally let go? Do you know where the water or fluid was dripping from?

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      ansy93 3 years ago

      Hey I was sitting in my 2002 Forester L at idle and all of a sudden it started spewing this clear liquid I believe to be water, (but I am not sure), and I turned the car off immediately. A lot of water came out, and this was only after driving it to work and then back home later today. Maybe it's the A/C spewing out water like you said? But my a/c doesn't work. I do leave the vents open letting air in all the time though..

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Ok Stan, glad you figured it out, and thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it. If you ever need any automotive advice, you know where to find me :)

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      stannex 3 years ago

      hii eddie, thanks for the info, I checked the boots and they are intact, after a lot of frustration I decided to approach my mechanic, it turns out my first instincts were right, the material is really not from the car, in fact he reached the conclusion that I ran into fresh tar which messed everything, and its logical considering a lot of roads are being maintained where I stay. But your assistance was non the less appreciated it gave me the right areas to check, keep up the good work.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Stan, it sounds like one of your CV boots may have split open and sprayed grease everywhere. Take a flashlight and look at your axles, see if you can notice any grease coming out of the boots. Let me know what you find Stan , thanks. .

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      stannex 3 years ago

      hie eddie, thank you for devoting time to assist people with key issues. I also have something I have to ask you, recently, I bought a used 2004 Nissan bluebird slyphy, 1.8v, with 55 000km on dash, a few days ago upon driving to work, I discovered a black thick fluid had was densely sprinkled all over the left front wheel,rim as well as the left side underneath, this black stuff had even been sprayed on the lower door of the passenger side (left). I attempted to trace the source of the leak but I couldn't see it, I checked the engine and its neat, I checked the levels of gear and engine oil they are normal. I check repeatedly where I park and there seems to be absolutely no leak, I am almost tempted to think I ran over this staff but I need to be sure, I am planning to check with the mechanic but I suppose your expert opinion will go a long way in assisting with the decision I have to make. The black fluid was thick and sticky and smells almost like grease. Besides of this mysterious worry the car runs and drives as smooth as before.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Sure Joe, no problem. This is the reason I like people to comment, positive or negative, I even have another wesite where you can write a review on shops and dealerships, my other site is simplecaranswers .com. I can't put a link here on HubPages, but I made a special page on my webwite to write reviews, I don't have many reviews yet but it's only been up for a few months.

      Anyways, keep me posted on what happens after you replace those solenoids, thanks Joe, I really appreciate it.

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      Joseph 3 years ago

      Thanks for the quick response. Yeah I poked my head under the hood today and found that the main hose coming in from the engine to the radiator was not tightened properly. I have never in my life dealt with a dealership, and after this incident I never will.

      You are absolutely correct on the up-sells, and that was my major issue. It was through my research and that of my regular mechanic that I went to VW in the first place. My mechanic and I had come to the same conclusion about the solenoids that deal with 1st gear. I went in just for them to change this, and that's when it went from simple, "Change the N89 and N92 solenoids." to "Ok Mr Bridges, after we plugged our computer up, here are few things we found wrong with your car." I rubbed it in his face that the his technicians are only as good as their computer, and that computers can't replace a good mechanic under the hood. Of course he scoffed it off, like "our technicians are highly trained." Yeah, at reading faults on a computer, because they obviously didn't think to take a look at the transmission fluid first so they could possibly rule out/figure out an issue that would be obvious if you saw the fluid.. I guess I'm ultimately the one to blame for giving them the ok to try the vacuum hoses first, which didn't work and they took off once they tried it. When I talked with the service manager last night and he was trying to wiggle his way out of responsibility, I simply told him his "tech" was more worried about add on jobs and he didn't even look at my transmission fluid(which was my main and only concern). He instead checked radiator fluid and told me I needed a flush. haha So, I ripped him pretty hard about checking radiator fluids but not looking at the transmission fluids before "fixing" it. Never again.. I hope my story can be a warning to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation. NEVER LET THEM SELL YOU ON ANYTHING EXTRA!!! Get a reputable mechanics expert opinion before stepping foot in the dealership, that way you know what needs to be fixed, and once you're there, stick to you guns. No up-sells, they are only looking to increase revenue. Thanks again Eddie

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joe, I don't know too much about VW, but if the dealership is recommending the two solenoids, I would go for it. The trick to going to a dealership is to only repair what you went in for, don't let them try to upsell you on anything until you fix the original problem.

      As far as the coolant problem and overheating, I would take a look under your hood with a flashlight and figure out where the coolant is leaking from, you may need to let the engine run for a few minutes, add some coolant to the system as well when it's cold so you don't overheat the engine.

      If the leak is in the area of the valve cover, then you have your answer. It's highly unlikely your engine just started leaking coolant on it own, especially if you just had it worked on. The mechanic was under the hood long enough to see the leak if it was already leaking.

      At this point, a second opinion may be worth your trouble and time. Let me know if this helps Joe, and keep me posted on what happens next, long or short version, lol, take care for now.

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      Joseph 3 years ago

      Hello Eddie,

      Long story short.. Took my 03 jetta to the VW dealership to have them fix an oil leak and fix a transmission that won't get out of 1st gear when it is cold, you have to warm it up for 15-20 before it will shift out of 1st gear. Well.. My mechanic said that they have issues with the N89 N92 solenoids in those transmission, but of course VW says new transmission without even taking a look at the transmission. It's just plug up the computer, print the faults, and you need this. They said it was a vacuum leak for the transmission and I needed to replace the valve cover and valve cover gasket for the oil leak. They didn't even check the transmission fluid until after they tried to fix the vacuum leak.. Well.. The transmission wasn't fixed, but they said the valve cover and valve cover gasket was a success... After hours of arm wrestling with the service mgr I got out of there only having to eat $860. Now less than 24 hours later my car is leaking coolant and overheating... I've replaced the water pump less than 6 months ago and have never had an issue with it since.. Could this be caused by the valve cover, valve cover gasket job? And I read so many horror stories gone right in the VW community when people have changed the faulty solenoids mentioned.. Is it worth it to try to replace the solenoids? I know transmissions can be an endless money pit, but I read nothing but success stories from other VW owners who have had the same exact issue I'm having with my transmission... I really don't want to take it back to that hack-job dealership. Seems like they spent more time checking for add-on jobs then even looking at my original concerns. I'm banging my head against the wall with this, if you could give me some helpful advice I would appreciate it... and yes this is the short version.. lol Thank you for your time Eddie

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Graham, Does the fluid have a color? Is it oily? Is it watery?, does it have any smell? Where exactly is it leaking from?

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      Graham 3 years ago

      My Citroen is leaking fluid from the rear back right hand side of the car, it don't think its oil, any ideas what it could be? Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Terry, it could be either, I have seen both scenarios, but the water pump is more likely. Let me know what you find Terry, thanks.

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      terry butt 3 years ago

      leaking coolant on passenger side under the belt when car is shut off not when car is running pressure on it. Could this be the water pump or a hose? 2003 Venturer Van.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Sure Kay, no problem, keep me posted on what you find, even if it's water, thanks :)

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      Kay 3 years ago

      Yes it gets pretty hot here in Georgia. It hasn't been very hot in the past few days but for a long time before. I really hope it is water. If it should leak again i will definitely check the color and you will most likely hear from me again.Thank you so much for your input on this:)

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kay,

      Most likely if it has dried, it must be water. Any fluid with a petroleum base (like all the fluids in a vehicle except windshield washer fluid) would not dry and would leave a oil mark on the concrete. I believe your air conditioner is leaking the water.

      Is it hot where you live?

      It's possible your drain in the AC evaporator is getting clogged and is trapping water. Let me know if this sounds about right Kay, thanks.

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      Kay 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie, thank you for the fast response i have no idea what color it is. When i went in the garage this morning the spot was dried up. The only thing i can do is wait for it to leak again and then tell you what color it is. So there is no way to tell without the color?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kay, what color is the fluid and was it hot or cold?

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      Kay 3 years ago

      Hi there, I need help by figuring out what could possibly leak from my 2003 Ford Taurus. I parked the car in the garage as usual and turned off the engine. About a half a minute later i started hearing something literally running almost splashing from the car. I took a closer look and i saw lots of fluid leaking from the right side of the car in the front. What could that be?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jenny,

      The fluid is probably coolant, most likely the heater core has a leak, do your windows fog up at all? I would start by checking the coolant level when the engine is stone cold, if it very low, you know where the problem is coming from.

      The wire is most likely for your SRS system, it will connect to the seat belt buckle. You can send pictures to my website at

      SimpleCarAnswers .com ( I can't make this a link here so just type it in your browser) The website would be the best option, or you can send them to ed.carrara@gmail.com

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      Jenny 3 years ago

      Need help! My 2008 sentra has a black wire underneath the drivers seat that goes down & out the floor then up through it looks like the seat? No power seats. My carpet is ruined from some kind of fluid leaking. It's alot I could soak up a hand towel right now. It's pinkish brown... Any ideas??

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sarah,

      I'm so glad I could help you :) And thank you for leaving feedback, that means a lot to me, I appreciate it very much. You can share this On Facebook or Twitter if you want, and I wouldn't mind a bit :) If you ever need any advice, you know where to find me, in fact, you should bookmark me so you can find me easily. If you know someone who need help, send them a link to this article or to my profile page, 90% of the time, I can give them an answer that fixes their problem :) Thanks so much Sarah!

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      SarahSF 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for this article! We were just about to jump in the car to head out of town when I noticed a fluid leak and freaked out. Thanks to your precise descriptions, I was able to identify it as a water leak. An unusual sight for me as driving around with the A/C on in San Francisco is not something we often have to do. Thanks again!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Whitney, and when you have a minute, let me know what they find. Also, if their diagnosis is questionable, you can always run it by me :)

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      whitney 3 years ago

      morning eddie..

      i checked my oil this morning, and its good.. the soonest i can get it in is on Thursday i will limit my use (boring) lol again thank you so much your insight is greatly appreciated! have an awesome day!!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      You're very welcome Whitney, If the oil level is fine you can drive it, but there's something leaking, so you need to have it checked out pretty quick So whatever's leaking doesn't run out of lubrication. Let me know what you find leaking Whitney, and if you have more questions I'll be right here :)

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      whitney 3 years ago

      thank you Eddie so so much i will do that first thing in the morning!! and i totally appreciate the quick response!! is it ok to drive if i have proper oil levels? short distances of abt 20 miles?? again thank you so much!! your AWESOME!!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Whitney,

      I think you just have a massive engine oil leak, if you look under your vehicle, I can bet that the whole underside is covered with oil. Transfer case oil is usually gear oil, it's very thick, and it would have a very distinctive smell. I would pull the dipstick on the engine and check the level before you start the engine, I'm thinking your engine oil level is pretty low, so start there. If the engine oil is low, the leak is probably at the engine. The reason the oil is all over the back hatch is because of the wind turbulence behind the car while driving. Let me know what you find Whitney, and if you have more questions, I'll be right here :)

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      whitney 3 years ago

      i have a 2004 yukon, i drove it today about 300 miles, when i returned home this evening i went to open the hatch and it was covered with black oil, is this the transfer case, the transmission? i have no idea..any advice would be awesome!! thank you so much..

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Brandon,

      If the fluid was watery, it's probably condensation that has collected inside the tail pipe and possibly dripped out when backing up or pulling forward? Let me know if this is a possibility, thanks.

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      Brandon 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2007 tahoe and the other day I backed into a parking spot and noticed a trail of fluid leak. I felt the spots and it seemed watery with not really much of a smell. Do you have any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Deanna, it all depends what is leaking, an axle seal, a line, the case?

      Hi Candy, like Deanna, it all depends on where the oil is leaking from, valve cover gasket, crank or cam seal, rear main seal, oil pan, are a few of the common leaks, do you know where it's leaking from?

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      Candy 3 years ago

      What can you expect to pay for an oil leak on a 1999 Honda civic?

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      deanna 3 years ago

      Very helpful information. What might it cost to repair a gear oil leak on an Audi A4?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jayla,

      Exhaust systems build up condensation, from the extreme temperature change, so if you have water leaking from an exhaust seam or relief hole in the muffler, it's completely normal. Let me know if this helps :)

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      jayla 3 years ago

      Hi, Eddie

      I hit remember my brother hitting a pothole, but not sure when. It was a few several months ago. Also, I found out that I have my exhaust is leaking fluid. Ideas? Thanks Eddie

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jayla,

      Has the car been in any accidents? Or did you ever hit a curb or huge pothole? First thing I would check is the fluid level, if it's low, most likely you have a leak, top it off and have the leak checked out. Let me know what you find Jayla, thanks, and if you have more questions or info you would like to share, I'll be right here :)

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      jayla 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie, my power steering is very hard to steer at idle. Can u please let me know what might be wrong? I have an 05 Acura rl. Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thank you Better Yourself, I appreciate the feedback, take care :)

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      Better Yourself 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Congrats on HOTD! Very helpful info! Thankfully my car is still somewhat new and most likely not going to have these kinds of issues yet but this is not an area of expertise for me so I found your hub very helpful for future use! Great job, thanks for sharing!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      @ Kathryn, thanks neighbor, I was trying to figure out a fluid map, and I really need to update that one, but the battery acid I could not resist, lol.

      @ Pinto2011, thank you.

      @Jdw7979, glad I could help.

      @ Rose, thank you for the kind words.

      @Sukhneet, thanks you, and if he needs any advice, you can point him in the right direction :)

      @Lucy, thank you, much appreciated :)

      @Joseph, stop leak is OK in a pinch, but not a permanent fix, Ill be doing a hub with pics soon on stop leak, thanks Joseph for the comment :)

      @ Mary, you know where to find me if you ever have any question :)

      @FreezeFrame, I don't think other mechanics even care, lol. Thanks for the feedback :)

      @Patty, Honda makes a great car, thanks for the read, votes, and the comment :)

      @ Carly, I did the fluid map as a quick info guide, now people find my hub when searching in images :) You never know what works until you try it. The cardboard trick is the easiest way to track a leak, and you're right, most cars today don't leak much. Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it :)

      @ RTalloni, Thank you, and yes, it has a few comments. Now with hub of the day the comments wen't crazy! Not that I mind :) Take care for now.

      - Eddie

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for a useful post, proved by the current 384 comments it has!

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      CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Congratulations on HOTD! I love your sheet with all the fluids on it, especially the acid with the burnt out hole and smiley face.

      When I was growing up, my dad always had a cardboard box down in the garage. He would pull the car up over the box. The box was there so the drips from the car would not stain the garage floor.

      Back then the cars seemed to leak a lot more. We do not do the cardboard box trick because our cars rarely leak. If they do, it is just condensation from running the air conditioning in Florida all the time.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      I had a Honda Civic that ran for 23 years and checking and chaning fluids regularly helped that to happen. Neighbors have had Civics that lasted even longer.

      Rated Up, Useful and Interesting.

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      FreezeFrame34 3 years ago from Charleston SC

      Great information! I'm glad I didn't pass this hub up! Although, the car mechanics might be mad if you are helping everyone fix their own car problems! Luckily, my car isn't leaking anything except water when the air conditioning is running, but if it does start leaking, I'll make sure I look up this hub again! Congratulations!

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I forgot to say Congrats!

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I drive a 1997 Honda Accord, and I'm praying it will last a few years longer. I try and me myself informed about things like you wrote about, leaks, etc.

      Very informative. You must know about cars!

      Voted Up and shared.

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      Joseph Frankina III 3 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Some excellent information. Thanks for the tip about not using any stop-leak products. I had no idea and definitely trust your judgement. Thanks!

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      Lucy Jones 3 years ago from Scandinavia

      Super useful hub that anyone that has a vehicle should read. Voted up and congrats on your well deserved HOTD -- Lucy

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      Sukhneet Kaur Bhatti 3 years ago from India

      It is a great hub. I don't drive but because my husband loves to drive, I have little knowledge about the car parts and accessories. Will definitely ask my husband to go through this article. It deserves to be the hub of the day.

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      First of all congratulations on HOTD, well deserved! I would never have a clue as to what's leaking from my car. This is a very worthwhile and insightful article. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      John David 3 years ago from Middle America

      I will have to have my better half read this (she never listens to me). Great Hub and thumbs up, as well as being very helpful!

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      Subhas 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi eddiecarrara! Very nice and interesting idea which is really very usable too for almost every1 of us. Congrats for such a great idea.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Congrats on winning HOTD! It's rare to see a topic like this up there. This is useful to most anyone.

      I also like the "battery acid" on the fluid map. Funny!

      Have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy the extra traffic here for days to come.

      Voted up and sharing.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Bala 3 years ago from India

      ;-) Sure Eddie!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks you Jeeva, reading other hubs and getting ideas is half the battle, and it really gets the juices flowing. The hubpage community is a great place to get feedback on your hubs from fellow hubbers, and you make a few friends along the way :)

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      Bala 3 years ago from India

      Working on my hub Eddie; But I just love reading more! And I am in love with your work! Breathtaking man!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jeeva, and Welcome to HubPages, and thanks you for your kind words. I'm glad to have you as a fan, and like you, I just like to help people with their questions, automotive questions that is, lol. Take care for now, and start Hubing :)

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      Bala 3 years ago from India

      Amazing Hub! The way you put things up is stunning! I am a huge fan of yours. Thanks to Hub Pages I found you!

      WoW!!!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sophi,

      The pink fluid is Toyota's coolant color. The water pump is probably located under the timing cover, so they will probably replace the timing belt as well, but I'm not positive. Never use straight water in an engine, the boiling temp on water is 212 deg and your engine will boil over. A 50/50 mix of water and coolant will have a boiling temp of about 350 deg. coolant works in both directions, cold and hot conditions, it's not just for winter. It's OK that you don't know much about cars, that's why I'm here, so if you have more question, don't be shy :)

      Let me know how everything comes out, and $660 sounds about right if it includes the pump and the belts, just find out what's included in the job and let me know, thanks Sophi.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Allibi, It sounds to me like you probably smashed the oil pan and created a leak. I recommend removing the plastic engine shield and inspect the damage, I don't recommend driving it. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Sophi 3 years ago

      Hi Eddi. I have a RAV4 2004. I noticed a couple weeks ago some pink fluid, little thicker than water, front passenger side, on the garage floor. I took it to the dealer shop and they said water pump that cools the engine is leaking. My question is, if it is the water pump, why the pink fluid? shouldn't it be the water? Obviously I don't know anything about the car except to drive. It will cost me about $660.00 including oil change. Does it sound right?

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      allibi 3 years ago

      Heya, if you could reply it would be much appreciated. Yesterday I ran over a curb at quite a high speed and a couple of hours after I parked up i noticed quite a large puddle of dark brown oil coming from around the front passenger side I looked under the car and saw a needle size steady flow of oil coming out about arms length from the front. I have a Volvo s4 so I can't see where it is coming from exactly, it has a protector plastic under it. Also I noticed it was wet on the passenger sides floor? I'm pretty sure its engine oil.. do you have an idea of what is wrong? Thanks (:

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Cougar73,

      Having no choke on an older car can be an issue, you will need to warm her up manually by holding the RPM's at 1500-2000 for about 1 minute. If you think you may have a miss, try spraying a light mist of water on the plug wires when it's dark outside, if your wires are ok, you wont notice a thing, if your wires need replacing, you'll see a light show. Plug wires are the most common failure on older cars, so check them out first. Let me know what happens, I'm very curious if you see the light show, thanks Cougar73, BTW, a real name is ok to use here :)

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      Cougar73 3 years ago

      When I start my Cougar, she dies. It had an electric choke but the new carb does not have one. It idles very rough and hesitates but at higher speeds she purrs. It almost sounds like it has a miss but all compression is within 5 of each other.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tiffy,

      It seems like one thing after another :( Bad things only happen in threes, so you should be good for a while. Let me know if I can help in any other way, and thank you for all your feedback, it's priceless, and I really appreciate it. Take care for now Tiffy :)

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      tiffy 3 years ago

      Hey wanted to let you know what was going on. The shop was no help. I even had to call them to finish putting that cover back on. So we got a radiator and then the starter went out. Got a new starter today. Hope it doesn't break down again. Thanks for your help.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cougar73,

      I see that you have noticed some reddish and dark brown fluid, but you forgot to tell me what you noticed about them (leaking?) You say it's running rough, give me more details about this rough running problem, is it the engine? Trans? Tires? Is it bucking, popping, grunting, hesitating, skipping? You get the idea :) Thanks Cougar73.

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      Cougar73 3 years ago

      I have a 73 cougar and its suddenly running rough, I noticed red fluid and some darker brownish color also. I change oil on a regular basis and love my car. What is good step to take to keep her running? Please help

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Taylor,

      It's most likely coolant, it could be a hose, water pump, gasket or your radiator, hopefully it just a hose. Let me know the results, and if you have any other questions about the problem, I'll be right here :)

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      Taylor 3 years ago

      My car is a 2008 Scion. There was fluid leaking onto the passengers floor where your feet would be and i thought it was the air conditioning. Its very humid where i am. I was going to get it looked at and its been a month, today on the way to work my car had a very weird burn smell and slowly shut down. I looked outside of my car and it is leaking green fluid. I got it towed and i am so so scared to hear whats wrong with it. I had my oil changed about 4 months ago and just bought this car about 8 months ago and havent had any problems.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lia,

      Sometimes it take a while for an engine to over heat, there are about 7-10 quarts of coolant in an engine depending on engine, and radiator size. I would check the coolant level and mark it on the overflow tank when the engine is cold. If the coolant level stays the same with the engine cold, you may have something else leaking like the AC evaporator or windshield washer fluid tank. FYI, the coolant moves in and out of the overflow tanks depending on the temperature of the engine, so always measure the level on a cold engine. Let me know what you find Lia, thanks :)

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lora,

      You're welcome :)

      If the timing had jumped, the engine would have had no power under acceleration as soon as you heard the noise, so my question is, did you drive it after you heard the noise and was it running normal except for the leak. I'm not familiar with that timing belt assembly on that engine, so I'm not sure if the water pump is under the timing cover. If the engine was running OK when you brought it in except for the leak, they may have installed the timing belt wrong. (it easy to be one tooth off during assembly) Let me know how the engine was running after the noise or did you have it towed? Thanks.

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      Lia Perez 3 years ago

      What if a car is leaking water but the car doesn't overheat. And how can I figure out why the car is leaking water? Could be the hose, water pump or radiator. If so could something be wrong and do I need to get something fixed?

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      lora 3 years ago

      Thanks Eddie. I took over to my local shop & they said the water pu,p & serpentine belts went & were unsure if the timing belt went as well. They are workning on it now & said that they replaced the water pump & serpentine belts but now the timing is off?? So they are working on that now trying to figure out why. Does this sound normal?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Sounds like coolant Lora, it's possible you blew a hose. Check the coolant level when the engine is cold, if it's extremely low, you could try adding some water temporarily to see where it's leaking. Let me know what you find, thanks Lora.

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      lora 3 years ago

      So lsat night i was driving my car a 2006 Dodge Stratus & heard a sound like something dropped & was dragging over my front passenger tire. I then saw steam or smoke not sure which come out from the same side. I pulled over & parked my car to where I saw it was leaking fluids really good. I loked at it & it had the consistency of water but with a brown tint. Any ideas

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi PlatinumOwl4,

      Sometimes you need to use stop leak for a temporary repair in an emergency situation, but it's not a permanent fix. I recommend avoiding them if at all possible. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, I really appreciate it :)

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      platinumOwl4 3 years ago

      This is a great article and I am in full agreement about stop leak products.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tiffy,

      There is no need to flush the system because when you remove the water pump the system is basically empty except for what's left in the radiator. If the mechanic would've road tested the vehicle he would've noticed the temperature gage rising or at least he would've noticed the cooling leak if there is one. I would be very careful with this shop, in my opinion, they created the overheating problem and it should have been caught before the vehicle was returned to the customer. Keep me updated Tiffy

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      tiffy 3 years ago

      Hey. Called the shop. The guy said he didn't flush the system, that that isn't part of the job. That the job was only to put the pump and belts on. He is sending a tow truck today to look at it. I have taken video and pics of the problem. Will let you know what they say.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Yup, sounds to me like an air pocket. Let me know the outcome.

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      tiffy 3 years ago

      Huddy said it never touched the red but within seconds of starting to get hot, the car was parked on the side of the highway. We had to tow it 40 miles home, where it sits. Where its not drivable. We also noticed the cover for the timing belts isn't on right. There is a finger size gap where there should be a screw. Going to call the shop this morning.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tiffy,

      The mechanics should have caught the hole in the radiator on the road test after the very large service you just payed for. Wow, I can't believe how lazy some mechanics are, taking the test drive after every job is my favorite part of the job, that's the fun part of the job, but it's also the most important part of the job. I believe that is the reason I have so few comebacks. If there is going to be a problem with the work I just did, I want it to break on me, and not the customer! Blah Blah Blah.

      Most likely they didn't purge the cooling system and it wasn't completely full (it had an air pocket), but there's no way to prove it. How bad did it over heat? It's possible the excessive pressure in the cooling system blew out a weak spot in the radiator, but I still believe it's the mechanics fault. Let me know how bad it overheated, thanks.

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      tiffy 3 years ago

      Hey its tiffy, so we got the water pump replaced along with the timing belt and balance belt. But the car overheated again. It looks like they didn't flush the system before they replaced it. Is this why my radiator has a crack now?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Haunfris,

      I'm not familiar with Grand-ams, do you know if the water pump was located under the timing belt cover, and is this a 4 0r 6 cylinder?

      Did you have the timing belt replaced at the same time as the water pump?

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      haunfris 3 years ago

      I have a 2001 grand am and i just got my water pump fixed.... now that my water pump is fixed it leaks oil from the same side it's a 2.4 l do u know what could cause 5his or what it could br

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      It's possible someone just spilled some motor oil in the spare tire area. I would clean it up and then keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn't pool back up. Let me know how you make out with that Marissa and if I can answer any more of your questions you know where to find me :)

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      Marissa 3 years ago

      I cleaned my car out the other day and notice a pool of brown viscous mystery liquid in my spare tire trunk. I have a 2000 Hyundai accent, with a two year old (used) transmission. It's a little rusty but in decent shape. Looks almost like motor spilled. Could it be anything concerning?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lorisa,

      If you have water in the trunk, run a hose over the trunk area and see if you can locate where the water is leaking in. I wrote another article on water leaks if it will help, just click on my eddiecarrara link near my image and it will take you to my profile page, there you'll find the other article on water leaks :) Let me know what you think. Thanks Lorisa.

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      lorisa 3 years ago

      Thanks so much for your response. I'm thinking there might be water trapped in the trunk. I noticed it was a little wet in there on one side of the truck when it got rinsed off. Just got the car from someone and it has been sitting for awhile. Just gas gauge don't work and AC they said. AC works when charged sometimes and sometimes it does not. Thinks there is a leak in a hose somewhere. I've only had the car almost a week.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lorisa,

      I think you have water trapped somewhere and it leaks out at certain angles, let me know if you have more questions :)

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      lorisa 3 years ago

      Hi I have a 199;7 ford Taurus and it is leaking water in the rear of the car. The leak is right in the middle like kinda by the trunk. It started when I back the car into driveway ( was at an incline ).Parked it on level ground and still leak a lot. Parked it into the drive way the correct way and doesnt leak. Tasted it and it was water and is clear.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tiffy,

      Sorry, the only way to fix the leak is to replace the pump, with that year car, you will probably need to replace the balance shaft seal and possible crank and cam seals as well :( It's very common on that year Accord. Let me know if you have more questions, and when you get it fixed, could you come back and let me know how everything went? That would be awesome and I would really appreciate it :)

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      Tiffy 3 years ago

      Thanks for the response. We forund that the seal is broke around the hole. Is there any way to replace that seal without having to replace or take the water pump out?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tiffy,

      It sounds like the water pump is leaking through the weeping hole. The water pump is located under the timing cover but the weeping hole is located to the drivers side rear of the engine just below the cylinder head. The coolant is low so this will give you a no heat situation inside the vehicle, be careful, you could over heat the engine and cause a lot more damage if you don't top off the coolant. Let me know if you have any other questions or if I can help in any other way :)

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      Tiffy 3 years ago

      I have a 91 honda accord, dx. There is a leak right behind the engine on the driver side. It started as a small leak and now we have to fill it every time we start it and the heater no longer blows hot air. Any thoughts?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Urobles, sorry for the delay.

      Did you find the source of the coolant leak, it's most likely a hose. Let me know if you're all set.

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      urobles116 3 years ago

      i also opened the hood of my car and found that theres was antifreeze splatteres everywhere under the hood?

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      urobles116 3 years ago

      I woke up this morning and saw under my 04 infiniti g35 a leak near the front in the middle with with clear watery liquid but it was clear but i could see a little bit of green in the water and i don't know if it could be condensation from my a/c or a coolant leak?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi JD

      I don't believe there is a connection, sounds to me like you have a separate issue, possibly the gauge assembly.

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      jd 3 years ago

      Now noticing my tachometer and speedometer is abnormal. Any idea??? Thanks

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      jd 3 years ago

      Eddie, I recently had my radiator replaced,

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Great Mina, glad you figured it out so quickly :) if you ever need any advice, you know where to find me.

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      mina 3 years ago

      Hi, Eddie. I found out it was from my radiator. It had a crack, so I ordered a new 1 online and no more leaks.....yayyyyy!.. A happy camper!

      Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Sure no problem :) Let me know how you make out with the coolant issue, thank.

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      mina 3 years ago

      Ok, will do so and thanks for replying back.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mima

      The only way to know for sure is to have the cooling system pressure tested. But yes, you could have more than one leak.

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      mina 3 years ago

      Morning Eddie. This morning I checked my car and my radiator tank was almost empty. Could my problem be from a leaking radiator too???

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mina,

      The coolant inside the vehicle is usually caused by a leaking heater core, it's like a little radiator inside your car used to deliver heat for the heating system. If the heater core is leaking, it could cost you big bucks. Heater cores are usually buried behind the dash, which requires the dash to be removed completely in order to replace it. You could try one application of radiator stop leak as a temporary solution, but don't go too crazy with that stuff, it can cause more damage then good.

      Let me know if you have more questions, and let me know what you find, Thanks Mina.

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      mina 3 years ago

      Green fluid leaking from underneath car. I popped the hood open and noticed some fluid out from the radiator neck. Also, I found some on the bottom inside the car...help??

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Shanaki,

      Do you know if the fluid is engine oil or coolant?

      Is the smoke a sweet smell or a burnt smell?

      How bad is the leak? Is it a drip or a stream?

      What kind of help were you looking for?

      What information are you looking for?

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      shanaki jones 3 years ago

      I have a 1997 mercury sable and it's smoking and leaking brown fluid but it's not overheating could someone please help me out

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Glad I could help Jane, if you need any advice, you know where to find me :)

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      Jane Katigbak 4 years ago from Philippines

      This hub gave me all the information I need not to panic when my car leaks. Kudos! Voted up, I might use this information soon. :)

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Catrina,

      You need to open the hood and see if there is some fluid leaking on to the engine belts. I suspect the smoke smelled sweet like candy and the engine belts are wet with coolant. Let me know what you find, thanks :)

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      Catrina 4 years ago

      My car has been checked for leaks n they say nothing's leaking but today my car start smoking under the hood n my wheel was hard to turn for a min but it went back to normal

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Val,

      If you have a line and a puddle, the first thing I would do check the color of the fluid, if it's red, it's probably a transmission fluid leak, if it's brown, it could be any petroleum based fluid. At this point I would check all your fluid levels in the engine compartment and see which one is low. If you can give me more information, I'll have a better answer. Information like; color, texture, smell, about where the leak is, is the car running when it leaks, does the car drive or run funny, any noises, etc...

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      val 4 years ago

      when i moved my van there was a big line and puddle on the ground

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Val,

      I assume you're talking about a rainbow in water??? As if your car was parked in a puddle?

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      val 4 years ago

      i have a 2003 mpv madza and its leaking a rainbow color from the front right tire

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jared,

      Give me a little more information on the leak, like;

      Where is it leaking?

      How much is it leaking?

      Are you sure it coming from your car? How do you know?

      What color is it?

      Is it oily?

      Does the fluid smell?

      Did you put down a piece of cardboard to catch the leak? That will tell you a lot of information.

      I'll wait to hear back from you.Thanks!

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      Jared 4 years ago

      Hi my audi seems to be leaking water it only leaks when its parked after driving ive checked the oil and coolant and both seem to be the same level its a 2000 audi a4 Quattro

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Jakeln for the feedback,

      I glad your getting some help with this vehicle, usually someone in you predicament would get blow off by the dealership.

      I like the fact that you left some feedback on the dealership too. Would you be interested in writing two short reviews on each place of business? I have another website I just started and I'm looking for dealership/garage reviews in different areas of the country, you could be the first to write a review (gotta start somewhere,lol) Let me know if you interested. Thanks Jakeln.

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      JakeInSD 4 years ago

      Thanks for the reply,

      My wife called a guy from the dealership and he was nice enough to come take a look at it on a Sunday. (Superbowl Sunday no less!) He said the differential is leaking. The "brand new" one that was just put in, that mysteriously looks a lot like a used one. The shop it was taken to is the one the dealership uses for everything, and this is the second time they "fixed" our truck and we had to take it back. Needless to say, he's NOT happy with them at all. She picked up a loaner (again) so she can at least get home.

      Thanks a lot for your help, Eddie!

      If anyone lives in or near Rapid City, SD, AutoMax on Campbell St. is by far the best used car dealership in the area. And avoid Mobil I90 Service at ALL costs. They are shady.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Jakeln,

      The truck has some years on it, good thing you got some of the work done under warranty. I would suspect the greenish/brown fluid would be coolant mixed with a little oil, or maybe when is trailing down the engine , it's picking up dirt and residual oil from the outside of the engine. Green fluid usually means coolant, sometimes when coolant system is old, rust forms inside the engine and causes the coolant to turn brown/green, but I have never had it smell like marijuana, lol.

      Let me know if this is a possibility, and if you figure it out, I would appreciate the feedback, thanks Jakeln.

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      JakeInSD 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 97 Blazer 4x4 that is a barrel of problems. I'll start from the beginning. The first issue we had was a cracked radiator about a year ago, we got that fixed under warranty through the dealership we are buying it from. About 6 months ago we lost the brakes, replaced those myself. The day after that (literally) we hit the road for the mother-in-laws and about 12 miles from home we had a clunk, followed by another, and another, then jerked to a stop (this was on the interstate at 80 mph). This turned out to be a large number of things supposedly, according to the shop we took it to. The front AND rear axles were shot, the front diff and a couple of other small things. Sounds bogus to me, but whatever. We had that fixed, and THEN the dealership tells us our warranty was up months ago so we have to foot the bill. Now, after all of that is fixed yesterday, my wife is 250 miles away and says the truck is leaking a "greenish brown oil that smells like marijuana" oddly enough, from the motor area. I'm not there so I can't smell, see or feel it for myself. Any suggestions?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Matt,

      Any fluid at that temperature would look thick, if not frozen, lol, holy crap that's cold! Try catching some in a container and bringing it into the warmth, it might look a little different and you can give it a sniff. Also if you're still not sure, you could send me a picture on my facebook page, just click my image to the left and it will bring you to my profile page, you'll see the facebook icon in the top right corner.

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      Matt 4 years ago

      I just did an oil change a week ago. The oil though is clean and is substantial. I thought maybe it was spilled oil from the change but now I am of a different opinion. The fluid has an odd smell. Almost rubber smell. It is leaking still and is still very clean. It being -20 or so here, I will try the ac this afternoon. Engine oil is good, will check the other fluids, but am not optimistic as the leak is a very thick texture. Will get back to you after checking ac. Any other thoughts in the meantime would be appreciated.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Matt,

      I would start by checking all your fluids that could be that color, so I would check the brake master reservoir and power steering first. Do you have AC? Is it still working? You could have a leak in the condenser and it could be leaking compressor oil, but the AC would be inop. I would also check the engine oil, see if it's low.

      How bad is the leak? Is there lots of fluid leaking? Let me know Matt.

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      Matt 4 years ago

      I have an oil leak that seems to be pooling on the front passenger side of my 2002 caravan. The fluid is thick like new engine oil and pretty clear color. What is the fluid and what is the most likely place to find the leak. It seems to be pooling under my rad, like I said on the passengers side of the engine. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Yessirree,

      So lowering the coolant for a few weeks worked :) My farther in-law is a huge procrastinator, and he always comes to me for advice about his car. I knew he wouldn't replace his radiator, so I used his car for a testing ground. He had a crack in the top tanks on his radiator too, so I lowered the coolant just enough so it would stop leaking when it got to operating temp. He drove it like that for 3 years HaHa.

      Glad I could help, let me know if you ever need any advice about your car, take care, and thanks for the feedback, it"s awesome stuff :)

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome newusedcarssacram,

      The fluid map was kind of a joke at first, but then I started to realized how many people search for it, I have plans to update it with much better color scheme, and more detail. thanks for the feedback :)

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey mmccray, so your neighbor was right, that's great! If you ever need any advice about your vehicle, I'll be right here :) and thank you for all your feedback, it really helps a lot!

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      Yessirree 4 years ago

      That u so much Eddie. I did purchase a new radiator. I found a cheap new one online. I kept the coolant level low enough to get me through these past two weeks or so. Thanks again!

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      newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      You have shared some great tips, and a special thanks for the fluid map.

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      mmccray 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Just wanted to get back to you. It was the water pump, it has been replaced. I am told it is running great, I will pick it up tomorrow. Thanks for your great article and feedback!!!

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi mmccrray,

      It's nice to have a mechanic for a neighbor :) If the coolant overflow tank was empty, it's a pretty good sign you have a coolant leak, and the water pump is a good suspect. Let me know how you make out, and thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it.

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      mmccray 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for getting back to me. We are pretty sure it is antifreeze, it is oily watery mix and it is not evaporating. The antifreeze compartment was completely empty, we poured a gallon of Dex-Cool in but neighbor who is a mechanic thinks it's my water pump.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi mmccray ,

      The fluids that could be pink are antifreeze or windshield washer fluid and transmission fluid. Do you know if the fluid is oily or watery? Is it evaporating? If it's like oil, it's probably transmission fluid, if it's watery, it's probably windshield washer fluid, if it's a oil watery mix, it's probably antifreeze, and they could all leak from that area. Let me know if you have any other questions mmccray .

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      mmccray 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a question. After my '03 Chevy Tahoe had been sitting in my car for 2.5 hours, I went outside and noticed a puddle under my car, roughly the size of a tire (right behind front passenger side wheel well toward the back of the hood, front of the dashboard area. I didn't notice anything dripping from the car, roughly 30 minutes later the puddle is now the width of the car and extends almost to the front bumper and halfway back the front of the passenger side door. I laid a white paper towel in the puddle and the fluid is pink in color. What in the world could this be? I don't believe it was a slow leak, I think this fluid just poured out all at once. It of course is to dark to look at much now, will be checking all fluids in the morning. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Add Your Comment...

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Hatmycar

      Oil leaks can be very difficult to locate because usually the oil is everywhere. The only way to truly locate an oil leak is to wash down the engine and start fresh. It's best to bring to self wash car wash and use engine degreaser, careful not to wash any electrical components,it's best to wash the bottom and go from there. The most common leaks are the valve cover gaskets.

      The rear main could be leaking considering the age of the vehicles, so the best way to check that leak is to remove the transmission torque converter cover at the bottom of the bell housing and see if there is a lot of oil being slung around.

      I hope I gave you a few good ideas, let me know if I can answer any other questions for you , I'll be right here.

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      hatmycar 4 years ago

      My oil leak is driving me crazy. I have a 99 GMC Jimmy 4x4, I have had an oil leak for a while now, but I'm not loosing much oil, the wonderful mechanic I just used caused my transmission cooler line to pop off while driving after replacing my radiator due to a hose leak. (that's another story), anyway now I have my oil leak that seems to be much worse after he worked on it and caused this line to basically explode all over my engine and vehicle. I can't seem to trace where the leak is coming from I have oil all under the vehicle from it I guess blowing as I am driving. The mechanic says its my rear main, but after what he did I don't trust a word he is saying because he sees an older vehicle with alot of miles. I am trying to get a more honest answer as to where I can look for this leak and what else it can be?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Yessirree,

      If the leak is on the top tank, you might just be able to get away with just letting it be. My Farther-in law had a leak in the top tank of his 96 Accord for years and never had a problem, he just stopped topping it off so the coolant was lower than the crack. If you plan on giving this a try, keep an eye on the coolant level and the temperature gauge until you can afford to replace the radiator. Let me know if this works.

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      Yessirree 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie. I have a small leak on the top of my radiator. The coolant comes out and makes my car smoke but its not overheating. I have a 2002 Hyundai elantra. I used quick steel to seal the crack and I tried jb weld to cover it and the coolant still finds a way out. Is there any other products you can recommend to seal it? I can't buy a new one at this time. The guy at advanced auto said it would seal it up for a month or so and it's been a day. I know I should just buy another radiator but I just can't right now. Thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi andi,

      It sounds like your water pump might be leaking, I recommend looking at the coolant in the overflow tank to see what color it is, if it's the same color as what you see leaking, most likely it's the water pump. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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      andi 4 years ago

      i have a clearish brownish looking fluid coming from behind my belts dripping onto ground what could it be

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rena,

      If you have Dex- cool in the vehicle , check the fluid level, I know I'm a few hours too late, sorry. Also check you transmission fluid level. Dex-cool will smell sweet and transmission fluid will smell like oil, and transmission fluid is very slippery. Let me know what you find and if you have any other questions, let me know and I'll will answer them in a more timely manner.

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      Rena 4 years ago

      2003 Saturn Ion leaked a dinner plate sized amount of a pinkish/redish liquid under the front of the car (towards the middle of the front of the car). I didn't notice it and drove 35 miles in to work this morning. Boyfriend sent a picture of the leak and it's hard to tell exact color since the concrete color comes through but consistency is pretty thin looking. Looks like it could be Dex-Cool but it's hard to say for sure. I don't want to drive back home if it's trans. fluid.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Ede, glad I can help :)

      It sounds like you're describing coolant, do you know if the coolant in your vehicle is green? If it is, it's possible your friend could have nicked the radiator while changing the belt or put a pin hole in a coolant hose. I recommend having it checked by a mechanic, it could be a simple fix, and don't be afraid to ask them to see where the leak is coming from, a trustworthy mechanic will always be helpful in that way. Let me know what you find Ede, thanks, and take care for now.

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      Ede 4 years ago

      Eddie, like everybody else I want to thank you for all you are doing to offer your expertise. I have a 2003

      Sebring, 50000 miles. I drive approx 200 miles a month, health and money problems. Recently I had the fan belt put on by a friends friend, not a mechanic. Since then ive had a leak on the right side front. Clean, greenish oil. Smeels and feels like oil. In two days about a hand print size. Would appreciate any ideas. Thank you very much, Ede

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jimmy,

      Sounds like your not from around here, lol. In the US, it would cost about $200 for the axle and about 1.5 hrs of labor, so right around $350 - $400 US dollars to replace and axle, but it sounds like your talking about the steering rack. On the steering rack there is a rubber boot as well that looks like a spring, a steering rack will cost about $150 - $300 for the part and about 5.5 hrs labor, including the 4 wheel alignment, so at max, about $900, and on the low end, about $500. Hope this helps Jimmy, let me know what you decide to do, and how much it cost, I just like to know if I'm close, thanks.

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      Xboxjimmy King 4 years ago from Sunshine, Victoria

      Thanks for your article i have now determined why it was so hard to park my Holden Barina SRI 2002 model at low speeds, i believe i have a axle leak that's the thing that steers the wheels as my mate turned wheel and it moved and it has grease coming out of the spring looking rubber seal, i was wondering what i would be looking at to fix that problem ? as i love my Red Rocket.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      That's great Linda. England has a summer? lol, all I know about England is you guys don't see many sunny days. I'm glad they didn't charge you, it's a lot of work to remove everything and they could have easily charged you over 3 hrs labor. Let me know if I can help in any other way, and keep me up to date on the progress, Thanks Linda, take care.

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      Linda Arney 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie, Collected car from garage today. They had removed the carpet, metal floor and the soundpro0fing wad. They drained about a gallon on water out and then replaced everything and vacuumed the last drops of water. They could not find another leak and think that the water I found on the carpet last week was from me driving the car around with all that water underneath and it had just risen up to the carpet. I hope that they are right as I won't be able to tell for a few days as at last summer has come to England! They did not charge me anything. Will let you know how things go.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      You are very welcome Hunter, and thank you for the feed back, I appreciate it very much :)

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      Hunter 4 years ago

      Thank you Mr. Carrara, you explain it for us women to understand to , I thank you so much please keep the grrrrreat work up!!!!!

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Mark, I appreciate the feedback :)

      The first thing I would do is wait till it stops raining,lol, no, seriously, I would place a small cup under the drip and catch a few drops and examine it. You should be able to determine what type of fluid it is by catching a few drops. Let me know what you find... Are you positive it's not the ac dripping? Let me know, thanks.

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      Mark J. 4 years ago

      The fluid drip was also only after running the Vehicle for a while. The longer the more it would drip it seemed. Brake pedal seems fine. And I hadn't noticed a trail just a drip. Been to rainy to get underneath and see exactly where from.

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      Mark J. 4 years ago

      Hey, Eddie. The drip was coming from the under carriage. Checked all my fluids. Anti-freeze was low. Topped it up. Haven't seen any pools Of leakage since. And, I just wanted to say, you are doing a wicked job here.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mark,

      You probably know this, but the ac drain is right where you described, it's not water from the ac, is it?

      Is your brake fluid low, or getting low? There's not much fluid in the reservoir so you would definitely notice it getting low.

      Does your brake pedal feel soft or low?

      Does the leak drip constantly?

      Do you know if the leak in coming from the transmission,engine or body?

      Is it leaving a trail of fluid along the underside of your vehicle?

      Let me know about these question Mark and maybe I will have a better idea on whats leaking, thanks.

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      Mark J. 4 years ago

      Just a little more info. I have no noticeable performance issues at this time. I do however have a " major vapor leak " in the fuel system. Got that info from a check engine warning. The fluid is not gas though. Thanks for any help you might be able to give.

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      Mark J. 4 years ago

      Hey, Eddie. I have a question. Not a lot of details though. Maybe you can help. I have a 2002 jeep liberty. There's a fair leak right behind the front passenger tire ( towards the back of the vehicle ) maybe a foot. And about a foot from the side of the vehicle. The fluid seems fairly clear. A little dirty in color but mostly clear. No noticeable odor. A little greasy feeling. Any idea what might fit this description and be leaking from this spot? Brake fluid?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sarah,

      Sounds like fun, how high did you get your Odyssey? I use to do that all the time, but I had a 85 Mustang GT with the sport suspension package so it always landed nice and soft :)

      I don't know if your car needs extreme help, you really didn't tell me if anything was wrong, can you tell me the color of the fluid? Does it drive straight? does it make any funky noises? The leak may have been the air conditioner but I don't know what color the fluid was. Answer my questions and I have better answers for you, Thanks Sarah :)

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Need2,

      I think it coolant, look at your overflow tank and see what color the coolant is, if it pink, you found the culprit.

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      Sarah 4 years ago

      Hey, so today I jumped some train tracks and my Honda van hit pretty hard and smelled like burnt rubber, which I'm assuming it was. Yeah i know im an idiot, anyways, I pulled over and checked it out with my friends, some rubber under my car is scraped, and I have a slight leak. It was 90 degrees today and humid, and I had my air conditioner blasting for like two hours. Please let me know if my car needs extreme help.

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      Neen 4 years ago

      Great info here!,thanks! So, I have a 2003 yukon with 197k miles. I noticed last night when i shut it off, steam/smoke came out from under the hood towards the passenger side. I popped the hood and I can see pink fluid streaming out the end of

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Shaina, it really hard to say what it is with the limited information, is there anything leaking or dripping?

      Did you open the hood and look to see if anything is wet with oil?

      Are there any warning lights on?

      Does the car drive normal?

      I'll wait to hear back on these questions, I'm not really sure if it's safe to drive, but I;ll let you know after you answer these questions :)

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      shaina 4 years ago

      hi there my car made a squealing noise yesterday then started to smoke (the noise stopped) but now i can smell some sort of oil. i drove the car this morning for about 5mins with the air con on for abit and when i parked the car it was really smokey (but the temp gage was normal) i drove the car home with no air con on the the smoke wasnt tht bad when i got home.what do u think this is..? and can i still drive it for now..?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jody,

      Not really, if you have a radiator leak, it's best to have the system pressure tested. It could be a hose leaking, the coolant could follow the hose all the way to the radiator and then drip, so it's best to have it pressure tested so you can pinpoint the leak. Let me know how you make out, take care.

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      jody 4 years ago

      I have a honda 2003 accord. I have found a coolant leak somewhere on or near the radiator. I have found that if the air conditioner is on it leaks quickly but if the air conditioner is off it leaks much slower. Does that help zero in on where the leak might actually be?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Crystal, if the leak is on the top of the radiator, no, if it's on the bottom, it will leak constantly.

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      Crystal 4 years ago

      If you have a raidiator leak will the water leak while car is just parked or does the temp need to rise & cause pressure for the leak to occur??

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Richard,

      I think what's happening is the fluid is pooling up on a splash shield under the engine, and when you back up it dumps out. What color is the coolant in your car, if it's the same color as the fluid that's leaking...well do I need to say more, lol. check your splash shields for pooling fluids and check the color of your coolant and let me know, Thanks Richard.

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      richard sugi 4 years ago

      thanks for your prompt responce

      its translucent yellow almost like new engine oil

      but its really strange as its leaking only when the vehicle backs up

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Richard,

      Do you know what color it is, how much is coming out, and what it feels/smells like? (oil,coolant, trans fluid) I'll wait to hear back from you. Remember, the more details you give me, the better answers I can give you :)

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      richard sugi 4 years ago

      i have a fluid leak in my car and it only happens when i reverese the car. wondering what the fluid might might be?

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      chance 4 years ago

      thanks eddie...i will let you no if i have any more problems.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chance,

      You need to call a tow truck, it sounds like you blew a bottom radiator hose or the radiator itself. Your engine will not start, that is an indication you overheated it (I think) I would have it towed to a trustworthy mechanic if you know one. If I can help any more, let me know, Sorry for the bad news.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sabrina, It sounds like you blew a coolant hose, and no I recommend calling a tow truck. BUT, if you decide to go against my recommendations and you try to drive it 4 miles, keep an eye on the temp gauge, when it gets close to hot, shut it down, but I recommend calling a tow truck to avoid more damage. Let me know how you make out Sabrina.

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      chance 4 years ago

      hi how are you eddie.i have a 2001 mustang and i was driving on the freeway and i start smelling a burning smell and my car start losing power so i pulled over and all the water in my car drained out..i had water in my trunk so i put some in my car started but the water leaked out agin and now it wont start can you help me..thanks

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      Sabrina 4 years ago

      SO today when I was pulling up to work I heard a pop, then it became very hard to turn. I pulled into the parking lot and then turned my car off. I then turned it back on to see what was happening and saw that my temperature gauge was all the way to the top. I got out of my car and saw green liquid under the front passenger side and in the wheel well. I tried to open my hood to take a look, but would you believe it, the cable is not working so I can't even take a look to see what is going on. So I have two questions, 1. do you know what this may be, 2. Could I drive it 4 miles to get it to a service center? It is a 1999 pontiac sunfire.

      Thanks, much appreciated

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tracy,

      It sounds like the drain on the evaporator is clogged. Sometimes you can blow compressed air up the drain tube to clear it. The drain tube is located under the passengers side floor where you feet would go, just look under the vehicle and you'll see a small tube sticking down. if you have compressed air, just blow it up the tube. It sounds like you have a lot of water in the system if it's reaching the drivers side foot area so be ready for a flood of water to come out. Let me know if this helps Tracy, take care for now :)

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      Tracy 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 1992 Honda Prelude and I live in SC. I noticed today that there was water trickling down into the drivers side floor. I felt the water on my foot after making right turns when I put my foot back on the gas pedal. It seems like it might be leaking from the air conditioner hose? Does it sound like something I need to get checked out or was it just condensation from the AC being on?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steph,

      If the temp gauge is not going above 1/2 way, it's not over heating, it's very difficult to see coolant in the radiator because it fills the tiny tubes and that's where the coolant sits.

      If the coolant is not being used in the overflow tank, you might want to have the radiator cap checked or replaced, that is what controls the flow between the radiator and overflow tank.

      If the temp gauge rises slowly as the engine warms up, it should be accurate. Check the radiator cap and let me know what you find, take care for now Steph.

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      steph 4 years ago

      i have a 2002 town and country and i am having problems with the lose of coolant. i have had the water pump replaced i used j b weld on a pin hole leak on the radiator by the upper hose. i also used stop leak had no idea that would not be a good idea. the problem i am having now is that when the car is sitting and cool all looks well at first glance the over flow tank is full to max the radiator appers full until i start the car. the fluid gets sucked up in the engine and i have to fill it with some coolant. the radiator is not drawing on the over flow tank for fluid. and there is no puddle on the ground from coolant and the oil looks fine it could use an oil change but the oil is not cloudy at all. the temp gage wont go above half even though it has been driven with little to almost no coolant should have over heated but would not read above half. i have also replased the lower and upper radiator hoses. what next? a pressure test scares me i have heard some bad story's with that and one from personal experience my heater cor blew and my car filled with coolant after a pressure test.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Any kind of brake cleaner will do, it just dries very quick and removes dirt,oil,and grease easily. Once you clean the engine, it should be easy to locate the leak.

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      Jon 4 years ago

      thanks again eddie, what kind of brake cleaner would you recommend? as well as any other materials that will be most effective.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Jon,

      You're welcome, yes, if you're going to wash it down with degreaser, don't do it in the drive way, do it at the self car wash where they recycle the water.

      Don't get the electronics wet, focus on washing the oil off and not washing the whole engine, sometimes water and engines don't mix and you could cause a drivability problem. I like to use brake cleaner and a rag to remove oil and grease from a motor, it may take a bit longer but it really works well and dries quick. You'll probably need at least 2 cans and a pan to catch the debris, like a garbage can cover or and oil drain pan. Start at the highest point of the motor where the oil is visible and work your way down.

      Let me know what you find Jon, and if you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask :)

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      Jon 4 years ago

      Thanks much eddie appreciate the help, im bringing my car to my buddys house so we can lift it up and clean underneath so that we try to trace where the leak is coming from. is there any precautions i should take while doing so?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Melissa,

      The fog is just condensation, it must be very humid out where you are and you're sending the humidity through a cold evaporator, think about what happens when you open the freezer on a humid day, you see the fog coming out of the door, same thing. That's why I said to push the recirculate button and the fog will go away :) There is nothing wrong with your car, it's normal :) let me know if you have any other questions, take care for now.

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      melissa 4 years ago

      Sorry I read ur comment wrong yes it is coming from vents inside my car everytime it happens we just turn the AC off but that is very inconvenient seeing as we live in TX and have a 7 month old baby

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      melissa 4 years ago

      It looks like white smoke what's going on

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jon,

      I believe your oil leak is causing all your problems, yes it's hitting the exhaust and causing it to smoke, but also while your driving the wind is blowing the oil all over the underside of your car, all the way back to the rear bumper, then dust and dirt stick to the oil and cause a big mess. I would have the oil leak checked asap, or at least try to figure out where its leaking from, it could be as simple as tightening down a valve cover bolt or replacing the oil filter. So locate the leak and then decide what to do about it. If you have any other questions Jon, don't hesitate to ask, oh, and don't use any oil stop leak, it will only make maters worst.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Melissa,

      Is the white smoke or fog coming from your vents inside the car?

      On hot humid days, the ac will be removing a lot of moisture from the cabin of the vehicle, if you use the recirculate button while using the ac, it will recirculate the cool dry air and eventually remove all the moisture and your car wont drip as much water. But don't use recirculate with the heat, your windows will fog up, only use fresh air with the heat. Let me know if this helps Melissa.

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      Jon 4 years ago

      hello eddie i have a 95 trans am convertible that seems to have an oil leak, the color is like a light brown. i place a piece of cardboard under the covered with white paper and saw that dripping is coming from under the oil pan a little but im also seeing oil a further back where the which would be right around the center of the car. I also get smoke coming from underneath the hood which after inspecting i realized that it was coming from the same area as the oil is leaking but more on the passenger side. i think its because the oil is hitting the exhaust and burning off. one more thing is that my back bumper and license plate were covered light/moderately with a black residue. i think its because my car is burning oil. could all these problems be related.

      by the way i drive my car a lot about 120 miles MON.- Thur. because of school and the car runs fine i just have these problems, but i check my oil level almost everyday to make sure that it doesn't get low. any suggestions are much appreciated, thanks.

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      melissa 4 years ago

      OK so some times on a hot day if I have the AC running smoke comes out well I though it was smoke but the engine temperature was fine do u think its that fog ur talking about I just wanna know b4 I take it to someone to fix it also my car leaks a lot of water after I use AC

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Katrina,

      Sounds like your heater core has a leak, do you see any coolant leaking under your dash, or are your front carpets wet with coolant? Let me know.

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      katrina 4 years ago

      1999 chevy blazer smells like overheating and windshield foggy on inside, leaking fluid from passenger side think from resevoir

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Sure gee gee, If it is the gasket or bolt, you will still have to clean the area completely of grease and grime so you can try a topical sealer like Honda-Bond or something similar, so let me know where the leak is coming from and I can help you find a cheap temporary solution :)

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      gee gee 4 years ago

      ok no problem, ill do as you say, figure out where the leak is coming from. thanks eddie

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi gee gee,

      I really don't think it coming from the gasket (bolts), most likely it an axle seal, that is very common for the Accord V6. I recommend power washing the area or use some brake cleaner and clean the leak area to verify where the leak is coming from. Let me know how you make out gee gee.

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      gee gee 4 years ago

      How u doing buddy, I have a 98 accord v6 automatic and I know its leaking transmission oil but its very but very small, due to the fact that I would park the car leave it overnight and ill move it in the morning and ill see a few of wet drips, I can also smell it when the car is nice n hot, I know its probably from the bolts of the transmission but what can I do to stop it, (low budget)

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jessica,

      When a mechanic changes oil in a vehicle, Oil will drain on to the engine, how well the mechanic cleans their mess is entirely up to them, if they're good, the residual oil will be cleaned off the engine well. If the oil is left on the engine, it will take some time to burn off, and this is probably what you smell. If you don't think it an oil burning smell, let me know, maybe it a solvent they used to clean the spilled oil you're smelling. Let me know :)

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      Jessica 4 years ago

      I just recently had my car oil changed, tires rotated and a new fuel filter installed. My car now smells kind of fishy when hot so I'm assuming it's coming from the engine?? Any suggestions on what this smell is from would be greatly helpful.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Becky,

      Do you think it could be coming from the exhaust pipe? Moisture builds up inside mufflers and then leak out, just a thought.

      If it's just straight water, I wouldn't worry too much, but I would definitely keep an eye on it. The only thing that would drip water is the washer fluid, dew running off the windshield in the am, the ac, and the tail pipe, other then those items, nothing uses straight water. Is there coolant in the radiator?

      I'm not really sure about the running rough part, but I don't think the water has anything to do with it. Let me know if you have any other info or questions Becky, and thank you,I'm glad you found my articles interesting :)

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      Becky 4 years ago

      Hi! This site is great! A quick question! My jeep liberty is leaking what seems to be water underneath the passenger side I noticed when I backed out of my driveway and saw a trail of water. I know it's not my ac it also seems to be running ruff these past couple weeks. Could this be serious?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Brooke,

      I would definitely call the shop who replace it and have them take a look at it again, my concern is a power steering line might be loose and is leaking fluid onto the hot engine. I would give them a call asap and just have it checked to be on the safe side. Let me know what happens Brooke if you have a few minutes, thanks :)

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      Brooke 4 years ago

      My car just got the power steering pump replaced and I just picked up the car. When I got home I seen that it was smoking so I popped the hid and seen that the power steering fluid was smoking i checked to see if it was overheating and it wasn't. Is this something to worry about!?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hello Bonny,

      The first thing to do is to top off the coolant, then look for any leaks, make sure you install the radiator cap correctly, and also top off the overflow tank. I would run the car at idle in your driveway for at least 20 min. My question is, where did the white smoke come from? White smoke from the tail pipe is usually caused by a blow head gasket or intake gasket, the white smoke from under your hood must be coolant leaking onto the hot engine.

      When you tried to start it last night and it didn't start, did the engine at least turn over, or did it just click?

      How do you know white smoke came out of the tail pipe, was someone driving behind you or are you just assuming it came from the tail pipe?

      Is the check engine light on now?

      If you could answer these questions for me , I can help diagnose the problem with more accuracy.Thanks Bonny, I'll wait for the answers :)

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      bonnymsRN 4 years ago

      Hello Eddie,

      I own a 2004 Chrysler Sebring. Last night while driving home white smoke came from the exhaust pipe and under the right side of the hood. I pulled over and turned the car off. After 15 min. I attempted to restart the car and could not. This morning the car started with no problem. I checked my oil and it was fine (just had an oil change a couple of weeks ago). I checked the coolant and that was low. Should I just refill the coolant and see what happens or should I go back to the mechanic? I hate taking my car to the shop because a lot of the places I have gone to have been dishonest.

      Thanks,

      Bonny

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dee,

      If your car overheated, did you figure out why? If the hoses are leaking I recommend replacing both hoses. I suspect there both coolant hoses?

      If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask, take care for now Dee.

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      Dee 4 years ago

      I have a Honda civic ex 93. the other day it overheated and since that it now leaks from underneath it looks like its coming from two different hoses that are next to each other one is thick and the other thin. I dont know anything about cars. any help would be sooo helpful ThankYou.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Marcus,

      If it were the rear main seal, the oil would come from the torque converter cover. I recommend checking all your drain and fill bolts and wipe down the area where you see the oil leak. I would also look at the oil pan gasket, those are a common leak. The best way to figure out where the oil is leaking from is to clean the area, then follow the trail of oil. Let me know what you find Marcus, and if you have any other questions, I'll be right here :)

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mike,

      There is a test for the temperature guage in the service manual, if you search automotive service manuals on Google, I pretty sure you can find free ones that will have the test in it. I'm actually on vacation right now and the wifi signal sucks so I,m having a hard time even answering the comments otherwise I'd find the website for you. Let me know if you find the test, if you can't find it I'll figure it out for you when I get home, sound good? Take care for now Mike.

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      Marcus 4 years ago

      I have a 2000 Honda Civic EX 5 Speed manuel and I noticed their was two leaks, one I fixed myself, turned out the oil filter was loose, but the 2nd one im not so sure of, its dribbles of some kind of oil/fluid coming from the bottom of the transmission, kind of like a trail leading to the bottom and it dribbles could it be a loose fill plug or something serious like the rear main seal?

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      Mike 4 years ago

      Ok Eddie. So what do I need to do to find out why the gauge is showing normal when the car is cold. Again I changed the etc sensor. What else can I check to find out why the gauge is not showing correct temp. Sorry for being a pain.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mike,

      No, the cooling fan temp sensor will not effect the gauge, but the etc and fan sensor may look similar, so do get them confused.

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      Mike 4 years ago

      Wow. I asked the folks at the parts what I was experiencing and they never mentioned other sensors. All they stated was its either thermostat or etc sensor. I will look into the cooling fan sensor. Now that you mentioned it I don't hear the fan come on. It only comes on when I turn the A/C on. And it still seems to have the gauge get up there to hot. Do u think the fan sensor can cause the gauge to start at normal when cold? I will let u know. Thx a mill for your help!

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mike,

      If your temp gauge says normal operating temp when it cold, I believe the temp gauge is faulty. My only question is, did you change the right etc sensor? I think there is a sensor for the temp gauge and one for the cooling fan, so before you replace the temp gauge make sure you changed the right etc sensor. Let me know what you find Mike.

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      Mike 4 years ago

      Eddie. I have a 99 Acura rl. When I start the car cold the temp gauge starts at normal. The it starts getting hot. I have changed the thermostat and the eTc sensor. Still not fixed. I noticed the raditor as a seep from the bottom. All around the edges. Not much but I think it maybe the raditor that's shot. What do u think?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Well, when you get all your parts, let me know if you get it running, you seem very knowledgable about cars, so you should be able to get it running in no time. Take care for now Kira (:

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      kira_haku 4 years ago

      Which I can only seem to find online for 80 bucks, sry but forgot to ad the detail it wasn't in town

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      kira Haku 4 years ago

      hmm decided not to try quite yet, noticed one of my valve cover bults is gone... went to all the auto part store and they dont have it.. so when i get the kit if i need it wich im sure i am the engine is covered in oil,only place i found the bolts was in that kit :/

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Absolutely!!! You can't do much damage to it, I think it was just a backfire because of the excessive fuel. Fire it up and see how it runs, make sure all the fluids are topped off and go for it! I wouldn't do anything before you see it run. Let me now how it runs Kira, talk to ya soon.

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      Kira Haku 4 years ago

      well thats the thing, I don't know if it drives, I tried to started and when that happened i haven't started it since, was going to rebuild it with all new gaskets and see what happens, should I try and start it again?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hello Kira,

      Welcome back :) I think what happened was there was fuel in the intake from trying to start it over and over, so it caused the engine to backfire through the intake. I would drive it on a short road test and see how it drives. Let me know what you find Kira.

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      Kira Haku 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      So apart from my escort wich is doing fine but still slipping, I went to the auction today and scored a 97 Dodge Stratus look almost brand new, tinted windows and everything for $75, couldn't believe it, anyways to the problem, at the auction we tried to start it and it tried and tried, but was dry on oil, so once after it being towed to my house i got 2 qrts and filled it up, waited a little then tried to start it, only when i did, the instant i turned the key, a loud pop came from the engine, and when i opened my air intake filter chamber it was smoking, what should I assume would be the problem to tackle it and get it running?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hello Tony,

      It sounds like you have coolant leaking into your oil, possibly a head gasket, if it looks milky, check your coolant level, if it's low, you have a problem. I recommend doing a pressure test on the coolant system. Let me know what you find tony.

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      Tony 4 years ago

      Oil is thick and lightbrown?! help!!

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sandra,

      No problem with the long post, sometimes that's what it takes to describe your situation :)

      When you drain the oil on some vehicles, it drains onto the frame or sub frame, sometimes there are holes and seams in those frames that allow the oil to seep in, so even after you wipe off all the residual oil on the frame, when you drive the road, the wind blows the oil that is inside the frame and causes a drip from the frame. Seeing how you drive very little during the week, it's probably why the leak is not constant.

      It wouldn't be a bad idea to get a second opinion, and you should or you BF should look under the car with the mechanic just so you can see it with your own eyes.

      Let me know what you find Sandra, and if you have any questions, I'll be right here :)

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      Sandra D 4 years ago

      Oops! Hit the wrong button ;). Anyway, the service manager said he nor he mechanics could figure out where the leak was coming from. He said they saw a spot on the frame but every other place like the drip pan or some other places you would think would be wet from an oil leak were all bone dry. He did say however that I was almost 2 quarts low on oil. So they replaced the oil and wanted me to drive for the rest of the week and then let him know if it's still leaking and where. He repeated this so much that I felt his guys discovered a mistake they'd made when they had the car the fist time and that this was all a cover up. But last night I drove my car for the first time (I don't drive it much during the week) and sure enough the dark brown spot is there once again. My bf thinks I should take I somewhere else because the mechanics at the dealership don't know what they are doing. What do you think this leak could be and should I try another place? The dealership is so costly but if they made an error in the first place I would like them to fix it for free!

      Thank you for your time, know this is a long post ;)

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      Sandra D 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I took my 2004 Chevy Malibu to the local dealer in January for a problem I was having periodically with the steering wheel. Sometimes it's very hard to turn. The mechanics here couldn't pinpoint the problem but suggested two costly things I could try. I chose one which was to replace the control arm. While I had the car there I also had the oil changed and tires rotated.

      In March My bf noticed a small dark brown leak on the garage floor where I park my car. We covered the spot and did not notice anymore leaks for a while. Now this month the leak is back and has happened inside and outside of my garage where I've had my car parked. So this past Monday I took it back to the dealer because my bf thought maybe they forgot to tighten something. The seriv

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Josh,

      Trying to fix a coolant leak like that is usually unsuccessful but you can give it a shot, you got nothing to lose. If you do try it, use a sealer like Honda bond or Yama bond. Clean the surface extremely well and let the sealant dry completely.

      When ever you do a job like that, it's best to add a thin layer of either of the sealants at the mating surface, even if it has a rubber gasket that sits in a channel, it's just a little add protection. I know I'm a little too late on that one, it's like telling you to stop eating fried food after your heart attack.

      Let me know how you make out with that leak, good luck man :)

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      josh 4 years ago

      I just replaced the water pump on my 01 eclipse and I recently noticed a coolant leak that is coming from the new waterpump, I think I tightened the bolts down too much and was wondering if I could use a sealant around the water pump to stop the leak because I really don't feel like taking it apart again bcuz of the POS timing belt.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Sure, no problem Fern, let me know how things work out, take care for now.

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      fern26 4 years ago

      hi, yes the noise seems to be coming from the engine out the tail pipe..

      im gonna put some oil tomorrow and take it in to a local shop.

      thanks again for replying you've been a big help.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Fern,

      I think you're describing a transmission slip between 10-30mph because of the axle seal leak, the chugging from the exhaust I'm not sure, do you hear the exhaust hitting something or is the noise coming from the engine and out the tail pipe?

      The valve cover gasket is about right, parts and labor. Let me know on that noise, and thanks for the fan mail :) Take care for now Fern.

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      fern26 4 years ago

      i want to avoid and stay away from the transmission problem . other symtoms were, i would be in a stop and as i accelerate . between 10-30mph it feels like its going to cut off. from the exaust pipe i can hear a chugging noise.

      i went to honda dealer for my last service and this is what they recommend fixing.

      -left axle seal $275

      -valve cover gasket $129.00

      do you think this is what's happening now with all the leaks. ?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Paul,

      It sounds like power steering fluid. If you lost power steering, it's possible you blew a line or seal and the fluid was was full of air bubbles (foam). Other than that, there is no white liquid in your vehicle that I'm aware of. I would try to locate the leak and check your power steering fluid. Let me know what you find Paul, and if you have any other questions, I'll be right here.

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      Paul 4 years ago

      Hello, I hope you can help me today, it would be much appreciated. So today I started my '92 Chevy Lumina and as I went to pull away I lost power steering and my car started leaking a white liquid like a sieve. What may be the issue?

      Thanks in advance.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi okcutiepeye,

      No, you can't glue it, it needs a clamp, what happened to the clamp? It may have fallen in the engine area below the hose, so take a look with a flashlight. The cooling system builds pressure as the coolant warms up, so there is no way to keep the hose on the tee unless you have a clamp. Let me know what you find, and if you have any more questions, you know where to find me, now, lol.

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      okcutiepeye 4 years ago from oklaboring

      im lost lol ....found out after exploring that the hose that connect to a tee i thnk its the coolant line??came off the tee i tried and tried yesterday pushing it back on but i cant get it on..no car for 3 days now and i live im the sticks..can i crazy glue it on?tried making some clamps but failed.glue it till i get to autozone?i want to do this now..even in the pouring rain cause i got no garage grrr..please help

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hello Fern,

      The flat spot is the water pump and the oil may be coming from inside the timing cover, like from the cam seal, crank seal or balance shaft seal. If I remember correctly, the valve cover, covers the top of the timing belt, your valve cover gasket could be leaking as well. If you remove the valve cover and look inside the timing belt area, you'll have a better idea of what is leaking.

      If you think the valve cover gasket is leaking, buy a valve cover gasket kit because it comes with the spark plug tube gaskets as well, during installation, put a little liquid gasket or silicone in the corners where the cylinder head goes over the cam, put the sealer between the gasket and the cylinder head in all corners, it's just a little added protection from the gasket leaking.

      Let me know how you make out Fern, and if you have any other questions, I'll be right here :)

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kira,

      Yes that is usually where you fill an automatic transmission, unless it's a standard or manual trans, and I'm pretty sure you check the fluid level while it's running and hot :)

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      fern26 4 years ago

      Hello, I have a 2000 Honda prelude that appears to have an oil leak. Looking at the front of the motor just to the right behind the belt cover there is a flat spot that appears to be collecting oil. Doesn’t look like the valve cover is leaking. Any thoughts what it could be?

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      Kira Haku 4 years ago

      Pretty shocked to say this but I helped my brother put the tranny in and now I can't remember where to put in the tranny fluid :/ all I found was a Tranny dipstick do I somehow poor it in there??

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Kira, that's great!! I would stay away from the Stop Slip, just topping it off should do it, and don't forget to have your front end aligned or you'll chew up your tires. I'm glad you got most of the problems squared away, it's just a matter of time to get rid of the rest :)

      Take care Kira, and if you need any advice or you know someone who has a question, send em over :)

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      Kira Haku 4 years ago

      Hey Eddie,

      Happy to say that with my improvements I've fixed quite a few issues such as my wobble in the steering wheel and the rattle sounds, turns out my Tie Rod Ends were rusted and shot, cheap enough part went to Napa and got two for $27, bolting down my Sway Bar got rid of most of the alarming driving problems like the uncontrollable direction change on the highway, still need to get new struts, my back ones are good but the front bounce 2 to 3 times, all and all now think my last major concern is either fixing my current tranny or getting a new one, going to try adding more fluid to it since its a little low and see of that helps it from slipping, if not was told to try some Slip Stop by Lucas, but that's where I'm at ATM, so far it's driving like a quiet dream compared to what it was!! ^_^

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Sure Rita, no problem, and thank you for the feedback :)

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      rita4760 4 years ago

      Thanks for writing back to me. The guy that did my car was actually a friend and did it in his driveway. I let him know it was leaking and he is going to fix it free of charge when he gets back from the weekend out of town. If I have to drive it Ill make sure I check the fluid. it seems to not leak as much as long as I dont drive it far. Thanks again for the advice.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alisca,

      That's Great!!! The Honda Fit is an awesome little car, you may have a car payment but you'll make it back in fuel cost, plus you found someone to buy your car for $3k, that's super! I think you did great and you still have 4k mile on you factory warranty(maybe),If you still have a warranty make sure you get everything fixed under it, even if you have to take a day off from work,lol.

      You will be very happy you have no more headaches, driving the fit will give you piece of mind. Take care Alisca, and thanks for your feedback :)

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      Alisca 4 years ago

      I got a quote on how much it cost to fix it and I just got another vehicle. It's a 2009 Honda fit with 32,000 miles for a very reasonable car. Someone paid $3000 as is for the Honda accord. Thank you for all your help! May God bless and I hope you continue helping others.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rita,

      Bring the car back to the garage that just changed your axles, they probably damaged an axle seal when installing the new axle, but don't wait, at the least, call them and tell them your situation. Make sure you let them know that they probably damaged the axle seal when installing the axle and now it's leaking.

      Yes, you can drive it with the leak but you really need to get it fixed, if you run low on transmission fluid, your transmission will start slipping and eventually wont move.

      Transmission fluid is generally checked while the engine is running and trans in park (FYI)

      Let me know what happens Rita, take care for now.

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      rita4760 4 years ago

      I just had my wheel bearing, cv axle, control arm, and ball joint replaced on my 2000 Crysler Cirrus Lxi V6 now its leaking tranny fluid. What is the cause of it and how much would it run to have that fixed now? Im at my whits end with this car this week. Also is it safe to drive as long as I check the tranny fluid in it often. Thanks for any help

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kira,

      It sounds like a strut, take a look at the strut and see if it's leaking fluid at the seal, if the strut is soaked with oil, you know that's the culprit. Do a bounce test also, bounce the car over that wheel with you body, get it to bounce a lot and then let it stop on it's own, if it continues to bounce more than three times, your strut is no good.

      You can also check the sway bar link where it connects to the lower control arm, it's common for the bushings to wear out or find broken links at this point.

      A ball joint won't cause the car to bounce or lose traction, so you can rule that out.

      Let me know what you find Kira :)

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      Kira Haku 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      thanks we did it all in about 8 hours, ran into some old rusty bolts only reason it took so long, but as we both suspected the creak is my ball joint, hopefully not a to pricy thing to get, but also wanted to ask since were on this topic, besides the creaking and the wobble, ive noticed that when I go over certain bumps my front left tire rattles something fierce, and when it make traction again with the ground it slightly pivots the direction of the wheel and the car, my brother told me it my struts, another friend thinks its my ball joints, was just thinking of taking off the tires and making sure nothings broken or loose, but don't know all the things to look for,is there something I'm supposed to grease regularly?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Anita,

      My guess would be residual oil leaking from the engine area. As you were driving with the oil leak, the wind was blowing the oil that was leaking all over the bottom of your car, as the car sits over night, the oil collects, and drips. Keep the piece of cardboard under it for a week, if it continues to drip, I would have it checked again just to be on the safe side.

      Let me know if you need anything else Anita :)

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      Anita 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a used 1999 Chevy Cavalier LS which I purchased 4 months ago. Last week there was a little pool of liquid under the car. I took it to my usual mechanic. They checked and could not find the source of the leak. The next morning, I looked and there was more liquid. I put a paper towel to it and it was a brown liquid. They replaced the oil gasket. I put oil dry on the floor and put a piece of cardboard under the car. They next day, not a drop on the cardboard. But, the following day, there was two drops, one near the passenger's side and one near the driver's side. Everyday there is a drop somewhere else on the cardboard. There is a total of 6 spots. Do you have any idea what all these different spots are?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alisca,

      That's too bad, the 94 Accord is a great car. You might want to weigh your options tho. Did you get a quote on how much it would cost to fix everything? Sometimes it's worth fixing vs a car payment. I hope everything works out for you, and thanks for coming back to give me an update, I really appreciate it :)

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kira,

      Wow! That's awesome, congrats on getting it done so quickly :)

      The wobble in the steering wheel sounds like one of 3 things; a tire has a broken belt, you have a bubble in a tire sidewall, or you have a bent rim. I would check your front tires for one of these problems.

      The creak is probably a joint like you said, most likely a lower ball joint. Take a long screwdriver and place it on the metal near the ball joint/tie rod, and put you ear on the other end, then have someone turn the the wheel to make it creak, you should be able to hear the creak pretty good through the screwdriver, but those noises are hard to diagnose, so don't get discouraged if you can't seem to find it.

      Let me know how you make out, and great job getting your car back on the road :)

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      Alisca 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      My brake fluid was extremely low. I topped off like you recommended. I took it to a mechanic and there are so many things wrong that I'm just going to get a new one. My transmission started slipping today and i have to manually drive my honda.

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      Kira Haku 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      So I got a gasket kit set, took apart the engine and scraped it clean, it was unbelievably filthy, covered in oil and grime from years of build up, and 2 of the cylinders were half full of coolant, I'm surprised it even made it around the block without blowing, who ever had it before my brother and I never did anything to it apparently, but now that we cleaned it down and put all new gaskets in it, we fixed all the leaks as far as I can tell except for the one from the tranny, which is slipping a little and I'm trying to find a replacement, having trouble with that so far, but now that I'm driving again I've run into another alarming issue, when I drive down a straight road my steering wheel will start to shake ever so slightly side to side, was told it might be my power steering, and when I turn sometimes it will creak as if something needs greased or replaced like a tie rod or something, any thoughts? thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alisca,

      The fluid leaking under your steering wheel is probably brake fluid. When the brake master cylinder start to leak, it leaks on the inside of your car right over the brake pedal. I would check your brake fluid reservoir and top it off ASAP! Then, if that's what's dripping, get it looked at right away, if you run out of brake fluid, you could lose your brakes.

      Let me know what you find Alisca, Thanks.

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      Alisca 4 years ago

      I have a 1994 Honda accord. I went to get gas today and slipped getting out of the car. I notice something thick leaking under my steering wheel. What can that be?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lance,

      On a hot day, the air conditioner can remove gallons of water from the air inside you passengers compartment. It's best to use the recirculate mode on day like this because once the air inside the passengers compartment is dry the ac will now work as hard and actually save you money in gas.

      But if your power steering belt broke and you drove the car, It's a good chance you saw power steering fluid dripping from your car. When the power steering pump is not pumping the fluid, the power steering fluid will overflow the reservoir and spill all over the ground. It doesn't do any damage but you need to top off the power steering fluid once the belt is replaced and wash the engine compartment down.

      I hope this answers your question, if you have any other questions, I'll be right here. Take care for now Lance.

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      Lance 4 years ago

      Hey eddie,

      I was wondering when you were talking about the a/c faucet thing, if it literally looks like a little rubber faucet. I drove probably aroound 100 miles today, all the while using the a/c, and on my way home a belt snapped and i lost power steering. I saw the leaking fluids and feared the worst. But if the a/c faucet was indeed all i was looking at then i can breathe a sigh of relief. thank you. Lance

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