Look at any public parking spot and you most definitely shall find spots of fluids, in all shades. While some may not be cause for alarm, others, however, have to be taken care of immediately. When you start seeing random fluid mysteriously appearing on your garage floor or fresh fluid when taking off from a parking spot it is time to start looking for car leaks. There are a number of different fluids which can be seeping out, and they can come from a wide variety of locations.
Sump oil-Engine oil may be leaking out of the drain plug hole if the plug was incorrectly fitted or the gasket has failed. Or it can be leaking from the sump gasket itself. Both of these leaks are very low down on the engine so will often not leave oil pooling anywhere on the engine just the floor.
If you have oil leaks, monitor the oil level closely until the source of the oil leak can be found and repairs made. Running an engine low on oil can be a disastrously expensive mistake.
Gearbox oil-While engine oil is usually the culprit of oily spots, it can also be gearbox oil. If gearbox oil is the offending liquid, it
usually finds its way out through failed seals at the ends of the driveshafts.
Coolant-Coolant leaks are generally relatively easy to identify due to the distinctive colour almost always either red or green and the watery consistency of the liquid. Leaking coolant often leaves white, powdery crystalline deposits in the area, or areas, it is leaking from. Weak spots in the cooling system which are a good place to start the leak hunt are around the water pump, the hoses entering and exiting the radiator, around the thermostat housing, and the radiator itself.
Brake fluid-Brake fluid on a dirty car can look very similar to leaking engine oil. The key difference is the areas in which the leaks will be found. Any leak found near the wheel will almost certainly be brake fluid. Check the hoses entering the brake calipers and brake master cylinder.Power steering fluid-Power steering fluid is a hydraulic fluid which may leak out of the pipe connections on the steering rack. It can leak from other areas, but this is a good place to start looking. Cars with high mileage often have minor oil leaks, and can go years without any real problems. If you find an oil leak, it is a good idea to have it checked out by somebody who knows what they are looking at.
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