If your car or truck has a leak, you need to see one of the certified auto care experts at any of Madison Auto Care’s seven NAPA service centers.
You were headed out this morning to the grocery store. As you pulled out of your driveway, you noticed a puddle. Some kind of fluid had been leaking from your car.
“If you notice that your vehicle is leaking fluid, first make sure that the liquid is kept away from any pets or small children. If you think that someone or something might have consumed any auto fluid before you realized you had a leak, call Poison Control immediately,” driving-tests.org. says. “Properly dispose of any rags that you use to clean-up the fluid.”
A leak could come from several places in your car. Some of those leaks are serious and some not so serious. You need to figure out where the fluid is coming from. According to driving-tests.org, a leak is most likely coming from one of these sources:
Engine oil – “If the puddle of liquid is towards the front of your vehicle, its source is probable the engine. Dip your finger or a piece of paper towel into the liquid. If it is engine oil, the fluid will be brown or black, slick to the touch, and have a slightly burnt odor,” according to driving-tests.org.
Antifreeze – “The consistency of antifreeze is thinner than oil but slightly thicker than water. It is usually red or green in color. The easiest identifying characteristic of antifreeze is that it smells sweet. … If you notice this type of auto fluid leaking from your vehicle, take it to your mechanic immediately. Leaking antifreeze can be caused by radiator or water pump malfunction and may eventually lead to further damage to your engine,” driving-tests.org says.
Transmission fluid – Transmission fluid tends to leak from under the center of the car. It has a reddish color and smells similar to gas. If it’s leaking, you need to get your car to a trusted auto repair technician asap.
Power steering fluid – “Power steering fluid is slick like engine oil but slightly thinner. If you think that your car is leaking power steering fluid, allow a mechanic to address the problem immediately. Leaking power steering fluid may result in the sudden loss of your power steering, a significant safety hazard,” driving-tests.org says.
Brake fluid – It’s texture is similar to that of transmission fluid. If it’s leaking, you need to get your car to a mechanic.
Gas – These can be caused by problems with your fuel injectors or fuel lines. Like most other leaks, you need to get this fixed asap.
Windshield wiper fluid – This is one leak that does not require immediate attention.
If you’re looking for a reliable mechanic, look no further than the certified auto repair technicians at any one of Madison Auto Care’s seven conveniently located NAPA service centers: Clausen Auto, Handel Auto, Genin’s Auto, Capitol Tire, Odana Tire, Hansen’s Auto, or Aeschbach Auto.
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