How to Identify Common Car Fluid Leaks

A technician putting a/c coolant in a car
Has it ever happened to you when you leave your car for a few hours or days and come back to see a puddle underneath? If yes, then you may know that it signifies fluid leakage, which requires immediate action. Fluid leakage isn’t good for the overall performance or longevity of your vehicle, and its efficiency, depending on the cause. A car has many complex components, and it may not be easy to determine what needs your attention in case of a fluid leak. To help you in this situation, the expert technicians at Budds’ Chevrolet Buick GMC have compiled a list of all the possible fluid colours you may see underneath your car and what each colour means. This list can help you figure out the right problem just by looking at the fluid colour, helping you save time and plan ahead to avoid last-minute hiccups. Take a look!

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What Does the Fluid Leakage Look Like?

Red or Brown Fluid 

Hydraulic fluids, including automatic transmission fluid and power steering fluid, are generally red, meaning if you see a similar tone (sometimes it turns reddish-brown or brown — depending on the condition) of fluid colour settling underneath your vehicle, it is a sign that the power steering system has a malfunction and demands an inspection be scheduled. 

Clear Fluid

Clear fluid could be either water or gasoline. If it’s water, you don’t have to worry, as this may occur due to condensation, which means it is simply draining from the a/c. But if it’s gasoline, you must call a mechanic immediately, or you can schedule a service appointment with the expert technicians at Budds’ Chevrolet Buick GMC’s Service Department

Light Brown or Black Fluid

These are the common types of car leaks signifying an issue with the engine’s functionality. With time, the motor oil gets darker and fails to lubricate the engine’s different component. The colour is also because the oil collects dirt and dust during combustion. To avoid any further damage, you should get your car checked by an expert, and the oil changed. 

Yellow, Pink or Green Fluid

These fluid colours signify a coolant or brake fluid leakage. Both the cooling system and the brakes are important components of your vehicles, so make sure to address this leakage and get the issue fixed to avoid potential threats. 

Blue Fluid 

Windshield washer fluids are generally blue, though you may find them in other colours, but blue is the most common one. Though leaking windshield fluid may not be a larger threat to the vehicle, it’s important to get it fixed. 

Need help with an oil change? Schedule a service appointment with the highly-trained and experienced technicians at Budds’ Chevrolet Buick GMC. Our team of technicians follows the industry standard practices and refers to the OEM recommendations to ensure your vehicles remain in proper working condition. Visit our website or showroom in Oakville, ON, to learn more.