Why is My Car Leaking?

July 31st, 2018 by

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“Why is my car leaking?” It’s a question no driver ever wants to have to ask. Generally, a leak means there’s a problem, but what is the problem exactly? The car service experts at MINI of Santa Monica came up with this helpful guide to help Beverly Hills and Culver City drivers easily figure out vehicle issues.

Car Fluids: Colors and Meanings

  • Red – If your car is leaking red, it generally means your power steering system or transmission is leaking. Culprits of a leaking transmission include a faulty seal on the transmission or a hole in the return line that transfers the fluid from system to system.
  • Yellow – If your vehicle is leaking yellow fluid, radiator coolant is generally the culprit. The issue might be stemming from a loose hose clamp or a damaged o-ring. Your vehicle’s manufacturer provides specifications of what coolant you should use. If you don’t use the proper coolant, leaks are more likely to occur.
  • Green – Green fluid leakage can mean your car is leaking antifreeze. This is usually caused by using the incorrect antifreeze or improperly attached components, resulting in leaks from the car’s water pump, radiators, or hoses.
  • Orange – When the leaking fluid is orange, it can mean a few things. If your radiator is rusting, leaking antifreeze or condensation to appear orange. Transmission fluid can also appear orange if it’s old.
  • Blue – Blue leakage is most likely windshield wiper fluid. The degradation of the tubing and fluid reservoir that happens over time can cause fluid to leak.
  • Clear – When your vehicle leaks clear fluid, you probably don’t have anything to worry about. Clear fluid is usually condensation that leaks from your air conditioner. However, if you’re still not sure, it doesn’t hurt to get your vehicle inspected.
  • Pink – Pink fluid is usually either a power steering fluid leakage or a transmission fluid leakage. The cause of this type of leak is usually a worn seal in the return line.
  • Brown – Depending on the shade, brown fluid most likely means one of two things. Light brown fluid can be motor oil or fuel lubricant leakage. Dark brown fluid can be older motor oil or brake fluid that’s leaking from your vehicle.

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Rely on the service team of MINI of Santa Monica for your vehicle maintenance questions, including how to check your coolant and how to unlock your steering wheel! Contact our team at MINI of Santa Monica to learn more about our MINI service coupons and MINI service specials that you can use next time you come into our dealership for service maintenance and repairs.

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