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Fluids are vital to the proper functioning of your car, and letting a fluid link continue unattended can be damaging. If your car is leaking fluid, it’s important to understand the source of the leak and its possible ramifications. In many cases, fluid leaks can lead to permanent, serious damage to your car if left unaddressed.
This page contains some basic information about the fluids in your engine and the possible consequences of leaving fluid leaks unaddressed, but if you want help for a repair of a leak, please call 214-528-3330214-528-3330 FREE or email AAMCO Transmission and Auto Repair of Dallas today for an appointment.
Types of Fluids
In your car’s engine there are many fluids present, depending on the type of car, including:
- Transmission fluid
- Radiator fluid
- Brake fluid
- Wiper fluid
One of the best ways to learn which fluid is leaking is to go to your owner’s manual and figure out how to check the levels of each fluid. Whichever is low is likely the source of your leak, especially if you fill it up and then notice it is low again later.
Gasoline is a thin, mostly clear liquid. It has the strong smell you probably recognize from filling up at the gas station. Gasoline links are potentially deadly as they can lead to engine fires or explosions.
Oil is a thick liquid. It begins a pale brown when first placed in your car, but quickly acquires the thick, black appearance we associate with it. Oil leaks not only stain anything under the car, but can lead to low oil levels, which will result in engine damage and costly engine repair.
Transmission fluid begins a bright red, but may turn brown, orange, or even black if damaged. You will see the color when you check the fluid level, and if it is dark and smells burnt, it is time for a transmission fluid change to prevent transmission damage and the need for transmission repair.
Radiator fluid is greenish in color and has a very sweet smell. It begins as a thick liquid, but may thin with time. Low radiator fluid levels may result in the car overheating. In a pinch, you can replace radiator fluid with water, but in cold weather this can lead to engine freezing—try to maintain at least a 50/50 mix of radiator fluid and water.
Brake fluid is clear and generally slightly thick. Failure to maintain brake fluid level can make the brakes hard or impossible to engage, which can lead to accidents.
Wiper fluid is generally blue. It is thin, essentially like water. Smell varies by manufacturer. You can find out what yours smells like by squirting some on the windows.
At AAMCO Transmission and Auto Repair of Dallas, we can help you track down the source of your fluid leak to prevent damage to your engine and other components. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment.