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How to Determine What's Leaking Based on Fluid Color.


RED

Red fluid leaking from your car is usually a sign that your transmission or power steering system is leaking. This could be due to a bad seal or even a hole in a line.


ORANGE

Orange fluid leaking from your car can indicate antifreeze or transmission fluid is leaking. Rust in your cooling system can cause leaking antifreeze or condensation to appear orange. Transmission fluid can also appear orange depending on its age.


YELLOW

Yellow fluid leaking from your vehicle is a sign of an antifreeze leak. Antifreeze comes in a few different colors. Check in your owners manual or with the manufacturer to specify what coolant should be used for your vehicle. If the wrong antifreeze is used, it is more likely for leaks to occur. This leak could be from a loose hose clamp or a damaged o-ring.


GREEN

Green fluid leaking from your car is most likely an antifreeze leak. Antifreeze normally leaks from your vehicles water pump, hoses or radiator when fittings, hoses, clamps or other components have worn out or are not properly attached. Losing coolant will lead to overheating if not addressed. If the engine overheats, you can be left stranded and with large repair bill.


BLUE

Blue fluid leaking from your vehicle indicates a windshield wiper fluid leak. This could be caused by a crack in the windshield wiper fluid reservoir or the tubing that carries the fluid to the wiper blades could be degraded.


CLEAR

If your vehicle is leaking a clear fluid you are probably in great shape! Usually clear fluid is just condensation from your air conditioning system. Clear fluid could also be gasoline. The smell will be an instant indicator of whether not it is gasoline leaking.


DARK BROWN

Dark brown fluid leaking from your vehicle could be coming from several different areas on your vehicle. As motor oil ages, it becomes dark brown and eventually, thick and black. Brake fluid has a darker brown appearance.


LIGHT BROWN

Light brown fluid leaking from your vehicle is normally either newer motor oil or gear lubricant. Gear lubricant tends to have a bad smell associated with it. Motor oil really only produces an odor if it is burning.


Have a fluid leak? Stop by Cave Springs Conoco to have your leak diagnosed and fixed by professionals!

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