How to Tell if Your Car is Leaking Water

October 5th, 2018 by

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A driver who notices a puddle of liquid pooling beneath their vehicle has every reason to be concerned, but there’s no reason to jump to the worst conclusions right away; the most likely source of a water leak from your car is, in fact, your vehicle’s air conditioning system. The latter draws moisture out of the air in your cabin and deposits it, via a hose, directly beneath your vehicle. In this case, your vehicle is functioning normally, and you have nothing to worry about. If you want to reduce the amount of water pooling beneath your vehicle, try switching your air conditioning settings from “Fresh Air Intake” to “Recirculation”.

How to Find the Cause of the Leak

Water leaking from under car? Follow these steps to find where it’s coming from.

  • Place a blank sheet of paper under the leak. If it’s yellow, green or blue, it’s probably coolant and not water.
  • If a large amount of water is coming from your exhaust, a blown gasket may be the culprit. This results in the coolant to burn with the fuel, which causes large amounts of water and white smoke to emit from the exhaust pipe.
  • Check the coolant level to make sure there is not a leak. If it’s low, you should bring your car to a certified service center as soon as possible.
  • Inspect your windshield washer fluid reservoir for a crack. This type of damage can be caused by adding water to your windshield wiper fluid, resulting in the water freezing and causing a crack. We do not recommend adding water to your windshield washer fluid for this reason. Check for light blue or light green leaks by your front tires.

If the cause is anything other than condensation, visit Cecil Atkission Motors Uvalde near Del Rio.

Identifying What Type of Fluid is Leaking

If you place a sheet of paper under your vehicle and the leaking fluid isn’t clear, it’s not water. Learn how to determine what type of fluid is leaking by its color:

  • Red: Transmission Fluid / Power Steering Fluid
  • Orange: Transmission Fluid / Radiator Coolant
  • Yellow: Radiator Coolant
  • Green: Antifreeze from Water Pump, Hoses, or Radiator
  • Blue: Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Dark Brown: Brake Fluid / Older Engine Oil
  • Light Brown: Newer Engine Oil / Gear Lubricant
  • Pink: Power Steering Fluid / Transmission Fluid

Let the Experts as Cecil Atkission Motors Uvalde Fix the Leak

The practiced hands at our service department know how to solve these problems in a flash, especially if you drive a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or RAM. No matter what problem you’re facing, the experts at Cecil Atkission Motors Uvalde can help you order the parts you need to restore perfect functioning in no time. Whether you need to find out how to check your oil level or want to reset a check engine light on your RAM 1500, or just want to know when to change your oil, we have you covered! Schedule service online today!

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