Identify Leaks in your Car

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Do you usually see car oil spewed on your garage? Or in places you have parked? If that is the case you might have a car leak that you need to look for and repair. Leaks should be addressed immediately because it may cause something terrible that will happen. So how can we achieve this? Here are the steps below on how we can identify leaks in our cars.

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Identify Leaks in your Car

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    How to identify the leaks, which one is leaking, what is causing it?
    You need to use your sense of smell and of course you need to check your car.
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    If you see puddles under your car then you must check it immediately especially if it is only in that area or the water is coming from that area where you are parking.
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    It is not easy to determine where or which one exactly is leaking.
    You should always check your car engine bay if it is very dirty already as this can also cause leaks.
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    Some leaks also occur when the engine is running.
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    Drain Plug:
    this is one of the parts that can have a leak; the drain plug may be loose or is faulty and (sump oil)engine oil may leak from it, you have to check this
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    Base Filter Oil:
    you must also check the oil from the base filter
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    Gearbox Oil:
    you have to check your gearbox, as it can also leak from this part; check the seals at the inboard end of the drive-shaft.
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    It can also be the Antifreeze, when an antifreeze leaks it usually leaves crystalline deposit, something similar on the picture below
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    Brake Fluid, this is a leak that usually occurs at the wheel.
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    Then there is also the Power Steering Fluid, this can leak from the pipe connectors on the steering rack, you should then check your pipes.
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Unravel the Mysterious Leaks in Your Car

If you have spotted a puddle of fluid below your car, you should not just sit back and relax. The sight you have seen is enough reason for you to get worried. Brushing it off and assuming it was just spilled water might lead to displeasing circumstances once you get back in your ride. You always have to remember that different kinds of fluids are used to ensure the smooth functioning of your car's engines. No car company could claim to have an exemption from the problem of leaking.

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The normal wear and tear of your car makes the leaking problem normal and typical, no matter how healthy your engine is. Nevertheless, the leaking problem needs immediate resolution to avoid potential mishaps. To arrive at the most effective resolution for your car's leaking problem, identifying the mysterious puddle is the first step. The color, texture and smell of the fluid in the leak could be your clues in pinpointing the identity or type of the fluid.

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    Coolant.
    The antifreeze fluid of your car usually exists in a greenish color and rarely, in bright orange and pink hues. Its sticky, viscous texture could also be another determining factor for unraveling its identity. Although a coolant leak is common and non-alarming, fixing this problem should still not be taken for granted. This antifreeze is used as a temperature regulator for your engine; thus, any defects with it could lead to overheating. Car owners with pets in their homes should also exert efforts for the immediate fix to these problems. The coolant's sweet smell and taste could be the bait for your pets because this fluid is highly toxic to animals. Once you have identified the leak as that of the coolant fluid, you should check on the areas highly prone to coolant leaking such as heater hoses, radiator and engine core plugs.
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    Gasoline.
    Gasoline leaks are easy to identify because of the distinguishable smell of gas. Though the odds are rare, fire and explosions could still be a possible effect of gas leaks. Plus, frequent and unresolved gas leaks could skyrocket your fuel expenses. Your gas tanks, fuel lines and fuel pump should be regularly checked if you do not want your fuel consumption to burn your pockets.
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    Oil.
    Your engine oil could also be a frequent perpetrator of leaks. Unchecked oil leaks could lead to adverse effects and damages to your car. Once you see oil dripping from your car, you should not procrastinate. Instead, bring your car to a mechanic immediately. Oil leaks could be attributed to the wearing out of your oil gasket, incorrect attachment of oil filter, corrosion in the oil coolant line, unsecured oil plug and high oil pressure.
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    Brake fluid.
    Most noted for its yellowish color; your brake fluid has a very crucial role in maintaining your car's hydraulic pressure system. Never disregard these leaks because it could potentially lead to brake failure. Thus, cars with brake fluid leaks should be towed and not driven on the way to the car repair shop.
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    Automatic transmission fluid.
    It's essential for you to you ensure that the gear's transmission is running smoothly and is totally functional. The automatic transmission fluid is characterized by a light red color when it's new and dark red or brown when it's old. Extremely low content of the automatic transmission fluid could lead to destruction of your transmission. Repairs of transmission could be very costly so you could surely save a lot by fixing the leaks of automatic transmission fluid in your car.
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Recent edits by: mahalia jovita b. bugasto, estrella sacragon, Anonymous

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