Why Is My Car Leaking Water?

Car Leaking Water

If you’ve noticed fluids under your vehicle, you might be wondering, “Why is my car leaking water?” The answer may vary, so it’s important to get a proper diagnosis. Water leaking from under the car can be perfectly normal. Water escapes from the tailpipe in the form of exhaust condensation, and once your muffler warms up, the problem tends to go away. However, some Winder drivers confuse water with other automotive fluids that could indicate a more serious problem. Learn more from our service center, and stop by Phil Hughes Honda to get your car inspected in Athens!

Common Causes for a Car Leaking Water

If you notice water leaking from under your car, you can do some basic troubleshooting right in Monroe with a normal piece of paper.

  • Place the paper under the leak and notice the color. This will help you determine if the leak truly is colorless water, or if it’s something else like coolant.
  • Check your vehicle for any other red flags. If you notice a large amount of water and white smoke from the exhaust pipe, it’s likely a blown gasket.
  • Coolant may look like water, but it will show up as blue, green, or yellow on your paper test. You can also check your coolant level to see if it’s low, which would indicate a leak.
  • If you’ve been through a deep freeze in Watkinsville, this can cause cracks in the windshield wiper fluid reservoir. You would notice a leak by the front tires, and the fluid will be a light blue or green color.

Is It Really Water Leaking from Under Car?

Let’s say you’ve placed the paper under your car and found that the leaking fluid is not colorless. Is it really water leaking from under your car or something else? Here is a color-coded guide to help guide you through your troubleshooting process, so be sure to let us know what you find when you schedule your appointment:

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

Get Quality Car Care at Phil Hughes Honda

If your car is leaking water, get your problem resolved once and for all at Phil Hughes Honda. Our technicians can diagnose and fix any auto issue promptly, so you can get back on the roads of Watkinsville in no time. Contact us with any questions or schedule your appointment online!

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