Why Is My Car Leaking Water?
Car Fluid Tips Courtesy of Olathe DCJR

If your car is leaking water, oftentimes, it is not a cause for concern. The car’s air conditioning system creates condensation whenever it’s activated, so it is common to see small puddles of water near the back of the engine compartment. When it comes to water near the tailpipe, the usual culprit is exhaust condensation. That should disappear after your muffler warms up. However, there can be more serious issues associated with leaking fluids. Feel free to stop by the service center at Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram near Overland Park for a quick inspection.

What is the Cause of Leaking Water?

Water leaking from under car? Follow these steps to pinpoint the location of the leak.

  • Place a sheet of paper under the leak. If the fluid is something other than water, the color will show up on the paper. If it’s blue, green, or yellow, it’s probably coolant, not water.
  • If you notice more than just a minimal amount of water coming from your exhaust, a blown gasket could cause coolant to be burned along with the fuel. This leads to large amounts of water and white smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe.
  • While coolant is usually easy to spot because of its telltale color, it is easy to check your coolant level to ensure it really is the cause of your car’s issue. If it’s low, you’ll want to bring your car to a certified service center quickly.
  • It’s possible the leak is coming from a cracked windshield wiper fluid reservoir. This may result from using water in your windshield wiper fluid. The water can freeze inside of the reservoir and then expand. That expansion can cause the plastic container to crack. If the color of the fluid is light blue or light green in color color, it is most likely a wiper fluid leak. Wiper fluid leaks can usually be found by the front tires.

If the cause is anything other than condensation, it’s best to schedule an appointment at Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram near Overland Park to have a professional address the problem.

What Fluid Is Leaking From My Car?

If you place a sheet of paper under your vehicle and the leaking fluid isn’t clear, it’s not water. Here are some of the common types of fluid leaks:

  • Orange – Transmission Fluid or Radiator Coolant
  • Blue – Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Yellow – Radiator Coolant
  • Pink – Power Steering Fluid or Transmission Fluid
  • Green – Antifreeze from Water Pump, Hoses, or Radiator
  • Red – Transmission Fluid or Power Steering Fluid
  • Dark Brown – Brake Fluid or Older Engine Oil
  • Light Brown – Newer Engine Oil or Gear Lubricant

Visit Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in Olathe for Your Service Needs

Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram is happy to help customers from Springhill and beyond identify the source of any leaking fluids. Contact us with any questions about our models, services, the meaning behind OEM parts, or even about how the car financing process works today! We would be glad to help get your vehicle back to peak performance in no time. noticing your car leaking a yellow or dark brown fluid? It could potentially be your brake fluid. Learn how to check your brake fluid today so that you can enjoy safer drives!

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