How to Know if Your Car Has a Fluid Leak
Except for gasoline and windshield wiper solution, the
fluids in your car shouldn't get used up or go anywhere.
1. Understand that the fluids you may have in your car
are gasoline, oil, coolant, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid,
gear oil, power steering fluid and automatic transmission fluid. All
cars will have at least gas, oil and brake fluid.
2. Open the hood and visually inspect the engine
and engine compartment.
3. Note that you don't need to know the name of the fluid that's leaking or the name of the part it's leaking from to be able to find a leak.
4. Inspect underneath the engine and the car with a flashlight. Look for wet areas or drips clinging to the underside of the vehicle's carriage.
5. If you don't see any signs of a leak, lay down a large piece of corrugated cardboard and park your car so that the engine sits over it. With a pen, mark the position of the wheels.
6. Remove the cardboard the following morning. Note the position of any drip marks relative to the wheel markings. This information will help your mechanic diagnose the problem.
Green, sticky fluid is coolant.
Gasoline will evaporate when it leaks out and
may not leave any residue,
Ignoring a leak, even if there are no noticeable symptoms, can leave you stranded and/or cost you more in repairs later.
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I am in no way, shape, or
form telling you to do this yourself. Your results may vary. If
something goes wrong, it is not my fault!