Help! Why is My Car Leaking Water?

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Who likes to walk out to their garage to find water leaking from under their car? Not us! But that puddle does not always mean your car is leaking water. The odds are it’s not as serious as you think. Our service centre wants to help all of our Virden customers to keep their cars running in top shape. So, we’ve put together the guide below to help you understand why your car is leaking fluid. Let’s take a look at what you can do to troubleshoot a leaking car yourself.

When It Looks Like Water Is Leaking from Under a Car

It may look like your car is leaking water, but it’s probably not a “leak.” More than likely, it’s condensation. Water will form on the outside of various parts of your car and drip on to the ground, causing the appearance that water is leaking from under the car. In the Summer, your air conditioning will do this. In our rough Birtle winters, water will drip out of the exhaust. Of course, a qualified technician can help you to determine if your car is actually leaking.

Is Your Car Leaking Fluid?

Is that puddle under your car a certain colour? If it isn’t clear, then it is not the case that your car is leaking water. It’s leaking fluid. You should schedule service if this is the case. Here’s a guide to what different colours indicate:

When Your Car is Leaking Fluid – a Colour Guide

  • 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

Browse Our Website for More Tips and Tricks

We’re here to help at Virden Mainline Motors of Virden. So, if you enjoyed this handy guide, make sure to check out our other tips and tricks. And our service centre technicians are ready and able to assist you with any other service or maintenance needs you have. We’re just down the road from Brandon, so drop by or contact us today!

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