There Is Fluid Leaking From My Car - 5 Possible Reasons

There Is Fluid Leaking From My Car - 5 Possible Reasons | Don Lee’s Tire & Auto

We must always pay attention to any signs of trouble in our vehicles. One common issue that can cause concern is fluid leaking. Not only can leaks indicate a problem with your car, but they can be a tremendous safety hazard. Water is usually not a concern, often originating from air conditioning condensation. 

Here are five possible reasons why your car leaks fluid and what you should do about it:

  Engine Oil Leak

Engine oil is essential for lubricating various components of your car's engine to ensure smooth operation. It could indicate an engine oil leak if yu notice dark brown or black fluid pooling under the front of your vehicle. Engine oil will be greasy at the touch and will have a gasoline smell. Possible reasons:

  • Damaged or worn-out gasket.
  • A damaged oil filter.
  • Damaged or worn-out sensor housing.
  • Loose or damaged oil drain plugs.

Ignoring an engine oil leak can result in engine damage and decreased performance.

  Coolant Leak

Coolant helps regulate your engine's temperature and prevent it from overheating. You can recognize a coolant leak by its color - often a bright green, yellow, or pink. Potential causes of coolant leaks include:

  • Damaged radiator.
  • Loose or cracked hose.
  • Faulty water pump. 

Driving with low coolant levels can lead to engine overheating, which can cause severe damage to the engine.

  Brake Fluid Leak

Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that transfers the force from pressing the brake pedal to the brake pad's cylinders through pressure. It is also responsible for lubricating all moving parts in the brake system and absorbing any water that might have gotten into it.

  • Damaged brake lines or brake hose 
  • Damaged or loose bleeder valve 
  • Worn-out brake pads, rotors, or drums 
  • Failed piston seal

Driving with low brake fluid levels can reduce your ability to stop and is a severe safety hazard. You should visit our car repair shop ASAP.

  Power Steering Fluid Leak

Power steering fluid is also a hydraulic fluid that helps facilitate smooth and easy steering of your vehicle. It might be red, dark red, or brownish in color, but it should not smell like gasoline. 

  • Damaged hoses
  • A worn-out steering rack
  • Leaking power steering pump

Low power steering fluid levels can lead to difficulty steering, especially at low speeds. Remember that this is an essential system in the vehicle and can pose a very serious safety risk to you and your family.

  Transmission Fluid Leak 

Transmission fluid is essential for lubricating the gears and all other moving parts in your car's transmission system. Leaks can occur due to:

  • Worn-out seals
  • Damaged transmission pan gaskets
  • Punctured transmission lines. 

Ignoring a transmission fluid leak can lead to transmission failure and costly repairs.

In conclusion, a fluid leak can be frustrating and dangerous. You can trust us at Don Lee's Tire & Auto to take care of any leaks and any other issues with your vehicle.