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7 types of car leaks you should not ignore

Many car owners are unaware of the types of leaks that can come from their vehicle. Ignoring these leaks may lead to further damage or costly repairs, and it’s critical to understand that from motor oil to transmission fluid, your vehicle relies on a variety of fluids and oils to keep it running in peak condition. While any leak has the potential to be serious, some leaks are more concerning than others. In this article, I want to briefly discuss seven types of car leaks you shouldn’t ignore.

1. Brown/Black-Engine Oil.

Mechanicbase.com, One of the most common car leaks is engine oil—that puddle of brown or black liquid under a vehicle. Be sure to locate the leak if possible; you can visually check its whereabouts under the bonnet, and it should be easy to find. 

2. Antifreeze.

Another fluid that could leak out of the vehicle is antifreeze. This is easily distinguishable due to its color. It is sticky and could be greenish, pinkish, or yellowish in color. When you find this kind of leak, there could be moderate or severe issues involved and should be dealt with immediately.

3. Green/Yellow-Coolant.

Engine coolant leaks can be the result of damage to the radiator or a loose cap. The sweet scent of the coolant should indicate its origin, and its distinctive texture will help to differentiate it from water if the coolant has no colour to it. 


A power steering leak can appear as a reddish or light brown spot near the front of your vehicle. A leak combined with diminished power in your steering system as well as noise while steering is a good clue that you might have a power steering leak. Continuing to drive with a power steering fluid leak can lead to decreased steering power, which could leave you stranded in a dangerous situation. Many power steering fluid leaks can be traced to failing hoses, O-rings, and seals. After an examination, your professional technician will be able to figure out where the leak originated.

5. Transmission Fluid.

Transmission fluid is usually reddish or brown in color. It is viscous and a spot of fluid will form on the ground around where the center of the car is. This could be due to a crack in the pan gasket, if the pan isn’t properly secured after the fluid change, or if the torque converter is having issues.

6. Brake fluid. 

The brakefluid is one of the most underrated fluids and plays an important role in helping your brakes work effectively. In other words, it helps put a stop to your car when you need to. This type of fluid can also change colors as it ages. It’s a light yellow color when it’s new and can turn closer to brown as it ages. Brake fluid can also have an off-odor and appear oily. 

7. Amber/multicoloured liquid.

If you see a brownish puddle under your car that looks multicoloured when the light hits it just right, you’re probably leaking petrol or diesel. Petrol and diesel both have very strong, distinctive scents. If you can smell something that reminds you of a petrol station, feel confident that you’ve identified your mystery puddle. 

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