Why Is My Car Leaking Water from Under My Car?

Car Leaking Water

When you see a build-up of fluid underneath your car, it’s not a real call for panic. There are lots of parts of your vehicle that cause condensation which then leaks out. Parts like the radiator or exhaust pipe build up and release condensation. But there are times where there’s a call for an alarm that prompts the question of why a car is leaking water. But sometimes it isn’t water.

Sometimes it’s transmission fluid that leaks from your engine. In this case, you should bring your vehicle to our Brook Park service center. We can diagnose the issue of fluid or water leaking from under your car. Use this guide to determine if your vehicle needs servicing or not. Contact or service center near Parma for more information on our services. Also, if you’re in the market for a new or used vehicle and want to get a great deal on them, contact our finance center for more information!

Finding Out What the Fluid Under Your Car Is

If you want to find out if your car is leaking water, there’s an easy way to find out what fluid is under your car. Just do the following:

  • Place a sheet of paper under the leak. If the fluid is something other than water, the color will show up in the paper. If it’s blue, green, or yellow, it’s probably coolant, not water.
  • If more than a small amount of water is coming from your exhaust, a blown gasket may be causing coolant to be burned along with the fuel. That will result in large amounts of water and white smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe.
  • While the coolant is usually easy to spot due to its color, you can always check the level to make sure. If it’s low, you’ll want to bring your car to a certified service center quickly.
  • The leak may be coming from a cracked windshield wiper fluid reservoir. That can be caused by using water in your windshield wiper fluid. The water freezes in the reservoir, expanding and causing the plastic container to crack. You can tell if it’s windshield wiper fluid by its light blue or light green color. Wiper fluid leaks can usually be found by the front tires.

If you see that it’s not water leaking from under the car, bring your vehicle to our Strongsville-area service center for repairs and fluid change!

The coloration of Leaking Fluid

If you want to find out if your car is leaking water or something else, you can tell by the color of the fluid. Use this guide to find exactly what it is:

  • 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

Service Your Vehicle at Metro Toyota

If you notice that fluid and not water is leaking from under your car, service your vehicle at our Brunswick-area service center. Our experienced technicians can determine what the fluid is and perform the necessary repairs promptly. Contact or visit us at our Brook Park dealer for more information on our service!


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