How to Identify the Varying Types of Car Leaks

car leaksAutomobiles have different types of fluids and oils, all of which can leak from the car. Which types of car leaks are serious and which ones are normal? Seeing fluid come out of the car undercarriage can be concerning. However, it’s not always indicative of a dire situation that requires immediate auto servicing.


If the liquid is clear and thin, then it’s probably plain H2O. This is simply water leaking from the air conditioner, which you can expect as you increase AC use this summer. This is a nonissue and no cause for alarm.

Transmission Fluid

This fluid is reddish to brownish in color and may drip from the center of the undercarriage. The fluid acts as a lubricant and coolant for the transmission. A leak is a sign of a broken or worn seal. While not urgent, you will need to bring the car to an auto repair shop to fix the seal.

Engine Oil

The texture is thick like maple syrup and light brown to black in color. An engine oil leak is not normal. While not a serious problem, it does warrant a look from a mechanic. You may have a faulty gasket or seal.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is clear to light brown, with a texture similar to mineral oil. The fluid helps bring the car to a full stop when braking. A leak may indicate a damaged master cylinder reservoir or damage in the rubber or steel of the brake line. A brake fluid leak is serious; see a mechanic right away.

We Fix all Types of Leaks

If you’re uncertain of the source of the leak, bring the car to Bothell Way Garage. We’ll determine how bad the leak is and whether it’s a sign of a more serious problem. We check for all types of car leaks for all automobile types, including classic cars.

Car Leak Checks and Diagnosis

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