5 Tips on Identifying Different Types of Automotive Fluid Leaks


It's good practice to periodically take a look at the ground below where you regularly park and see if there are any signs of a fluid leak. If there is evidence of a leak, there are some ways to tell apart the different kinds of fluid. If you just can't figure it out, it's best to get your vehicle to the shop so a mechanic can quickly pinpoint the issue and fill you in on what it will take to fix it. Here's a look at five helpful tips on how to figure out which type of fluid is leaking from your vehicle.

Coolant Leak

Coolant tends to be bright green in color, though sometimes it can appear as yellow or pink. An internal coolant leak can result in it becoming burned up within your combustion chamber. If you suspect a coolant leak, you'll want to address it ASAP because of the damage that can arise from overheating.

Brake Fluid

This fluid has a light brown color and, if it is leaking, tends to accumulate alongside a tire or beneath the master brake cylinder.

Transmission Fluid

Typically, this will a reddish hue and may also appear as light brown. When it comes to your transmission, you want to make sure you're always proactive about repairs because costs can escalate quickly if the problem worsens.

Differential Fluid

This can look similarly to transmission fluid, but can often be told apart based on where the leak is accumulating. When the accumulation occurs near the rear end of the vehicle, there's a good chance that it's differential fluid.

Oil Leak

For many folks, this one is easier to identify because of its darkish color with that rainbow sheen.

If you're in need of auto repair to fix a fluid leak, be sure to visit a reputable mechanic. For auto repair in Dallas, Flower Mound, and Plano, TX, the experts to contact are at FixEuro at (972) 362-1741. FixEuro also specializes in European transmission repair in Dallas. Feel free to give FixEuro a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs!


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Written By Brian Corey

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