The most common place for a transmission fluid leak on a front-wheel drive car is the axle seals; on a rear-wheel-drive car it is the output shaft seal. It will overheat and damage itself. Let me know what you find, thanks. The axles have a seal and a bearing. It's -10 Celsius outside and the garage is heated, not sure if that's a factor. I have a 2015 Chevy traverse. A few days ago I started seeing an oil stain on the ground in the middle of the front part of the car. I can't identify this oil, what is it? They replaced the seals. It seems to be an oily texture that is clear. This is a blocked coolant passage. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on July 11, 2019: What is the year, make, and model, does it have a sunroof, do you have roof rails? I used a white napkin to soak up some of it and its blue the color of the coolant put in my bmw. I took it to be repaired two weeks ago. I recommend you check the consistency first, if it feels like water, it probably is water, if it feels oily, it could be brake fluid, if it's greasy, it could be differential fluid. Find out whether your car's temperature gauge is working right, discovering key symptoms and applying a few simple tests. Seepage and minor leaks are par for the course on vehicles with several years and thousands of miles on the clock. My 2004 trailblazer has a leak I see it coming from a hose under the driver side door no smell or color could it be water. Question: I have a Honda crv2004 and I noticed a dark black drip around the right front tire and around the well. The cost to fix a transmission fluid leak would depend on what is leaking and what type of vehicle it is. By Tsukasa Azuma Last updated Mar 21, 2019 There are numerous types of liquids in your car – from gasoline in the engine tank to radiator fluid and coolant oil. You need to know how to keep your once-new RV in good condition for that day when you decide to sell it or trade it in on another one. is it hot and humid where you live? I recently bought an 04 Land Rover Discovery 2 had an oil change and 50 pt inspection done. Is the oil level overfull? Fluid is clear and not slippery nor does it have a smell. service. We have started it up and driven it some, but only enough to get things warm really. It's most likely a hose, but could be a gasket. I am not sure precisely from where it is coming from. Engine coolant can be green, yellow, pink or another color, so check your coolant overflow tank to see what’s in your radiator. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on January 16, 2019: almost every fluid would leak more with the engine running. Answer: Yes, you could try washing down the engine in the affected area, run the engine for a while, and then check again. I tried the color test, but it leaked so quickly, it was out of liquid before I saw this helpful site. I have never had an accident, never had the windshield replaced. Question: I have Suzuki Mehran VXR 2017 Model, purchased seven months ago. It is not oily and has no colour to it. Let me know what you find, thanks. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 07, 2019: Pink is usually transmission fluid or coolant depending on the color of the coolant in the radiator. If you're burning coolant you would see heavy white smoke coming from the tailpipe. I had the water pump and thermostat changed in my bmw yesterday. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 03, 2018: Check the color of your coolant, it may be purple and the reddish brown fluid may be transmission fluid. The customer used "Stop Leak" in the cooling system and caused even more problems. If you must drive a car with an oil leak, you will need to check your oil frequently, and you will need to be the judge of how bad it's leaking and how often it will need to be topped off. Most antifreeze used to be green; now it comes in several hues. The AC will run when you use the defrost mode so most likely it's just condensation draining. I have a 1986 305 5.0 T P I which I just discovered after changing the oil that a lot of gas was in my crankcase. What does it mean when you ut antifreeze in and it comes back out under the car on the drivers side by the oil pan. The fluid is clear. With weahter the way it has been in Ohio, my wife's car hasn't been out and about much since Thanksgiving. Before I take it to a mechanic, what is the approximate cost to fix? Now it is leaking the same color fluid on the front driver side. Place marks on the paper. If the vehicle is leaking coolant you would most likely smell a sweet smell when the engine is hot (sometimes the coolant will burn off before it hits the ground in a leaking situation). I have yet to find anything on leaking fluid from a vehicle's with that smell. I have a 2009 PT Cruiser. Also, if it is transmission, is it late to save without spending a fortune? I have to keep filling it up with water because its getting expensive to keep buying coolant to just see it pour out after I park.... Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on June 17, 2019: Sounds about right, you can email me, there should be a link by my profile picture at the top of this page. The leak is on the passenger side under where the 2nd row is. If you suspect you have a brake fluid leak you should diagnose it with certainty, even if you need to take it to a repair shop. The brake warning lamp illuminated and I had to engage the emergency brake, and maunal breaking in order to stop the vehicle. What do you think this might be? Hi, I was teaching my son how to drive, when he ran over a curb with the front passenger tire. Freon sometimes has dye in it to help diagnose leaks in the AC system, and this is what you might be seeing. If you think you may have a blown head gasket, I recommend getting it checked so you know exactly what is wrong and whether it is safe to drive in that condition. Question: I have a small amount of oil collecting in my right wheel hub. Question: I just picked up my car from the dealer after an oil change. It means you have a leak, lol. As soon as you notice that fluid is leaking, stop driving, and determine the source of the leak. It is leaking a clear oily liquid from center of engine compartment. If you have a four-wheel-drive car, gear oil can leak from the front axle as well. What could it be? If the puddle of liquid is towards the front of your vehicle, its source is probable the engine. I have a 99 Ram and there is a leak in the back near the right rear tire, and that smells like when a vacuum cleaner belt is burning out. Best of all, it is bullnosed, with a big ugly vertical exhaust stack. Answer: It's most likely that the air conditioner is draining water out of the evaporator. If you’re losing sleep worrying about a fluid leak, ask your dealership or local repair shop to take a look. I then felt the plastic above the handle and it was also wet. i have green oily substance on garage floor where condensation drip is on 2012 taurus there r no green fluids on this car. Once the car is on the lift and the insurance adjuster is assessing the damage he should have an idea of what is leaking. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on August 21, 2019: Have you used your AC lately? It's near the wheel but not on the wheel. The fluid is thick black but didn’t really smell. Question: Is there any reason a brand new 2018 Honda Accord I just bought last week would already be leaking oil? Could you help? Im hoping it is water but I am not quite sure. Notice that the fluid is red. I am seeing oil on my garage floor. I went to Suzuki Workshop. Some coolant hoses (the heater hoses) go into the passenger compartment itself. The rear controls are the blue and red arrows at right under “RR lock.” Fan speed is controlled from the rear controller. That may be the cause combined with the water. What could it be? I wanted to give you an update. The most common leak on a front-wheel drive vehicle is an axle seal. Red fluid leaking from your car is generally an indication that your transmission or power steering system is leaking. On very humid days, the water will pour out of the air conditioner drain onto the ground like from a faucet, until the cabin humidity is almost gone. Don't neglect your vehicle's coolant system. Like engine oil and transmission fluid, this fluid will feel oily to the touch. There was a small amount of pink fluid under front passenger side. I recommend having a mechanic you trust put it up on a lift and do an inspection of your oil leak. I did notice it coming from the hose that you mentioned. I have a 2009 XF Jaguar thats been running low on coolant and overheated 2wks ago I was told to replace the radiator cap. Hi! Answer: Check your brake fluid level, if it's low, check all your brake lines for leaks. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on November 26, 2019: The only black fluid back there would be differential fluid and that fluid is thick, black/gray/green, and has a very pungent smell. Question: Our 2004 Crv is leaking engine oil on the passenger side of the vehicle, and we cannot find where it's coming from. Dust will collect on the wheel and turn black. I have an ongoing love affair with my VW Golf TDI. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 08, 2019: Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 06, 2019: I like Ray already lol. If you can’t see any coolant when you are peering down into the radiator, you may have a leak. Both the timing cover and the oil pan gaskets are a liquid sealer. Dual climate control on a 2011 Honda Pilot. That’s a good reason to treat a brake fluid leak as an emergency. Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 25. With the huge downpours we have been having here west of Baltimore, I just started to notice water coming into the cabin. Does not appear to be leaking so much that the coolant reservoir is too low and does not seem to be directly under the radiator. If you place a piece of cardboard under the vehicle overnight, you should get a good sample of the leaking fluid. Do your car a favor and avoid using them. If it were brake fluid, your brake pedal would feel soft. The liquid seems to be slightly oily, and oder less. Some of the most common leaks are seals and gaskets. Thus water may drip from under the passenger compartment of a newer car even if you haven't turned on the air conditioner. I put more coolant in today and looked underneath to see if it was leaking. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on March 21, 2019: Sometimes oil will splash on the undercarriage during the oil change and if the mechanic doesn't clean it up completely it can drip small spots for a couple of days. The mechanic, Ray, said my radiator cap was failing and it was leaking and running back under the car. Any thoughts on what it could be? Hello, I have a 2004 Chevy tahoe that is leaking thin, clear liquid from the front passenger side. Does that make sense? What Are Vehicle Safety Inspection Points? The leak is near the bottom of the engine , the top of the engine is dry/clean. There are many reasons why someone would consider moving into an RV. It only has 215,000 Kms, and I really enjoy driving it. The fluid is clear. That should give you a better look at the color and help you find where it came from, either by looking up from underneath the vehicle or down from above the engine. I dabbed a piece of paper on the remaining wet spots, which appeared to be prehaps water. What liquid could that be? Answer: Maybe an axle seal leaking or brake fluid leak at the caliper? Question: I have a 05 Porsche Cayenne that is leaking a light nearly transparent oil from my gas tank under the rear end. You can send me pics through my profile page, just click on my picture but I'm sure you're all set by now. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters. What could it be? Yes, there are times when fluids should leak naturally from your car, and we will cover that as well. I have 2016 Ford Fusion and yesterday it drove fine get in it yesterday evening and notice it would go into gear would the rear differential seal cause it to do that and leave residue all over back of car, What ever is leaking it just started and only leaks when car is running, I think its oil?? Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on November 21, 2019: It sounds to me like you have coolant mixed with oil. A car’s air conditioner needs to do something with the moisture it removes from the air inside the passenger compartment. Do not drive a car that's low on oil. If you have water leaking into your car, you need to deal with it promptly because of the many serious problems it can cause. Let me know if this helps. If the fluid is coming from your car, you need to determine the fluid’s color. (Oh, all right, it's an air intake!). It doesn't smell and is very thin. I was told that it could be an oil leak, but as far as I know I didn't think that oil leaks could be clear. Minimal frame work damage, a flat, and liquid leaking under the driver’s wheel I believe. Coolant has a sweet smell, like candy, and also a sweet taste. Almost looks to be about where the battery compartment is. I picked car up from shop car had no issues. The cost is usually around $1000 or more to fix this oil leak. It has a fluid leak, but I'm not sure if it's from too much oil, or if it's the transmission leaking. Answer: I don't think the oil level is causing the hesitation or lag. Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid? Don’t laugh: on a front-wheel-drive car, your engine could be located at the front left or front right, depending on where the transmission sits, and the engine could be in the rear of the car if you’re driving a Porsche or a VW bug. The rear main seal is located between the engine and transmission and the mechanic will need to remove one of these components to replace the seal. Brake fluid is similar to power steering fluid in all aspects. If your rear differential is leaking, or your standard transmission has a leak, you will find this fluid dripping. Oil leaks can come from some pretty obscure sources, like a crankshaft seal under the timing cover, or they can come from something easy to spot like a valve cover gasket. When your car is leaking oil it usually means you have a gasket or a seal that has either been damaged or has just worn out due to age. If they're near the front, left side of the car, it's likely power steering fluid, according to Angie's List. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on March 18, 2019: I recommend you keep an eye on the drip, it could be just water or snow melting. An RV is an expensive thing to buy, and once sold, it depreciates literally every month. The leak is on the driver side, near the driver front tire. Do you have an email I can send a short video to. How can I check what may be going on? There is a fairly big wet spot on the floor by the inside of my driver side back wheel". I first noticed it on the parking brake release handle. This is what I meant earlier when I said that some leaks are supposed to happen. But the most common place for a coolant leak is your radiator, and that will be located behind the grill in the very front of the car. I am not sure if it's leaking on the ground, I don't quite see anything. Question: Battery acid?? It has an engine and oil leak problem. My car is quickly leaking antifreeze on the ground and in the car on the drivers side and it overheats quickly. Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on March 28, 2020: I know you see the water gathering on the LR floor but check the LF floor carpet with your hand to see if that's wet too, the water may be flowing from front to rear and pooling in the back floor area. Is there any way to determine what the fluid is or should I just take it into the garage and have it looked at? Let me know what they find, thanks. Recirculation button (at left) next to the fresh air button (at right) (2011 Honda Pilot). What should I do? Here's what you'll need to do to bring one home. This hose is usually at the front right (near the area where the passenger rests their feet) or in the middle of the cabin. If it’s empty, or you aren’t sure what you are seeing, let your engine cool completely and look in the radiator. Like a gasoline leak, never drive a car if you suspect a leak in the brake fluid hydraulic system. The most common place the power steering will leak is on each end of the steering rack. I have a Peugeot 508 2015. The Bullnose Mercedes is a real truck. Let me know if it's RWD, thanks. The air conditioner removes moisture from the passenger's compartment and drains it under the vehicle via a drain hose. I Just parked my 2007 ford ranger in a garage and noticed a drip coming from under my radiator. 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