Should You Worry about the Puddle Under Your Car?

Knowing how to identify that mysterious puddle under your car can help prevent small problems from turning into big ones.

Green, pastel blue or fluorescent orange fluid found under the front center of the car often indicates an antifreeze leak caused by a bad hose, a failing water pump or a leaking radiator. Too little coolant can cause overheating and serious engine damage. Plus, pets like to lap this stuff up, and you don’t want a vet bill on top of a repair bill.

A dark brown or black oily fluid usually means the engine is leaking oil. A bad seal or gasket could cause the leak, which is often found under the engine but can occur anywhere along the length of the vehicle.

A thin fluid that smells like gas is-you guessed it-probably gas, and this can lead to car fires, so you’ll want to get it checked out.

A blue fluid that is thin and feels like water is most likely windshield washer fluid. This isn’t a serious leak until that moment when go to hit your wipers and, rather than cleaning your windshield, you just smear everything around and make it worse.

Clear, oily liquid is usually brake fluid that shows up around the wheels. This can lead to brake failure if not taken care of.

Pink, red or clear drops may be a leak of either automatic transmission fluid or power-steering fluid.

And finally, a puddle of clear water is usually no problem. It may be normal condensation from your vehicle’s air conditioner.

If you have questions about your vehicle or need to schedule a service appointment, please call us at (866) 822-9314.

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