Why is My Car Leaking Water?

Car Leaking Water

If you see your car leaking water more often than not it is nothing to panic about. The air conditioning system in your vehicle creates condensation whenever it’s been used, and so it’s not uncommon to see small puddles of water under the car near the rear area of the engine compartment. Water on the ground near the tailpipe is usually nothing to worry about as well, since the exhaust system often produces condensation that can drip from the tailpipe. However, there are some more concerning issues that are related to water leaking from under a car that you should be aware of. Learn more from the experts in the Sam Leman Ford service center near Normal.

Identifying the Cause of Water Leaking from Under a Car

As stated above, water leaking from under a car is fairly common and usually is nothing to worry about. If you are concerned that the water leak could indicate a problem, you can try the following to determine where the liquid is coming from and if it warrants a visit to our service center:

  • Place a sheet of paper under the leak. If the fluid is blue, green, or yellow, it is most likely coolant, not water. Check the coolant level, if it’s low, you should schedule an appointment with our service center as soon as you can.
  • Is there a significant amount of water leaking from your exhaust? It’s possible that there’s a blown gasket causing coolant to burn along with fuel. If this is the case, you’ll also see white smoke streaming from the exhaust pipe.
  • Water leaking from under the car near the front tires may indicate that the windshield wiper fluid reservoir has a crack or puncture. Check their windshield wiper fluid level.

What Fluid is Leaking from My Car?

The color of the liquid leaking from your car will indicate what type of fluid it is and where the problem may be.

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

If any of the above are leaking from your car, it is important that you promptly bring your vehicle in and have our certified technicians diagnose exactly what’s going on. You can count on our team to take care of the issue and get you safely back on the roads in and around Champaign with as little downtime as possible.

Rely on the Service Professionals at Sam Leman Ford

Whether you are concerned about water leaking from under your car, or if your vehicle is due for its next oil change or tire rotation, Sam Leman Ford is here to help. Take advantage of our current service coupons to get some of the best deals in the Decatur area. Have questions? Feel free to contact our service center online.

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