What Fluid Is My Car Leaking?

With older cars, it is not unusual to find an odd fluid puddle around. Before you become alarmed or stressed out, don't. You can count on the professional mechanics at Villa Marina Auto Care for quality fluid leak repairs. Since your vehicle has many fluids, we invite you to bring your car to our shop in Marina Del Ray, CA for a proper diagnosis. Here are some of the most common fluid leaks and how we identify them:

Coolant Leaks

Coolant leaks are quite common in older model vehicles with leaky hoses and worn radiators. If you aren't careful, it can cause engine overheating and irreversible engine damage. If you see a bright puddle of fluid with a sweet scent to it, please stop driving immediately. You may also notice a high-temperature reading, engine steam, and white exhaust smoke.

Oil Leaks

Oil leaks are easier to distinguish since they leave a prominent black stain underneath the vehicle. They tend to be caused by failing gaskets, clogged filters, or cracked oil pans. To make sure your engine gets the proper lubrication, please come by our shop to have this fixed promptly.

Brake Fluid Leaks

A brake fluid leak tends to cause an immediate drop in brake performance. Brake fluid has a yellow tint and tends to smell fishy. If you notice a leak, please have this corrected immediately to avoid putting you and others at risk.

Wiper Fluid Leaks

While the wiper fluid leak is the least destructive, you should still have it fixed to restore your vehicle's wiper operation. Whether it is a leaky fluid line or a bad cap, we can give you the necessary fix.

Power Steering Leaks

Last but not least, an older car may suffer from a steering fluid leak. It sometimes has a red or pink tint similar to transmission fluid, so please make sure to have it properly diagnosed.

Transmission Fluid Leaks

Transmission fluid is a red fluid that acts similarly to engine oil. It lubricates your transmission components and minimizes friction. If you notice a vibrant puddle, please have this repaired promptly to avoid premature wear of transmission parts.

If you need car fluid leak repairs, we welcome you to bring your vehicle to Villa Marina Auto Care today!

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