It’s happened to all of us: We’re walking back to the car after grocery shopping, but on our way back we notice something out of the ordinary. There’s a wet spot under the vehicle, but it wasn’t leaking before your recent collision? Is it dripping now? What does it mean? There are so many questions that may run through your head. Before you bring your vehicle into an auto collision center, we at Brown’s Collision Center want to help educate you on what the leak from your recent collision might be about.
Identify the Leaking Fluid
First, where is the leak and what type of fluid is it? A leak from the middle of the vehicle is more than likely the transmission leaking. You’ll want to have this inspected right away because you don’t want to burn out your transmission.
If a leak is at the rear of your vehicle it’s your rear differential leaking, although this will only likely happen if you’re driving an extremely old vehicle.
That leaves the front of the vehicle where most leaks come from. Leaks with a sweet smell are usually coolant/anti-freeze leaks (coolant is typically green or pink). You should also consider if you have been experiencing any performance problems. If the vehicle is harder to steer, it’s probably a power steering leak. If your brakes aren’t working as well it could be a leak in your brake line. Always be mindful of your vehicle performance when considering the leak.
Take a look under your vehicle after you’ve shut it off. Can you see it dripping? If so, don’t immediately put your hand out to catch a drip. Some fluids are extremely hot. Instead, use a white piece of paper to catch the drip. If the liquid is clear, you have nothing to worry about because this is likely AC condensation. It’s normal to have condensation drip from your AC.
Catching a drip with a white piece of paper will also help indicate what you’re leaking. This is a good opportunity to educate yourself on the fluids in your vehicle, the colors, and how to top them off. Checking your fluid levels is one basic vehicle maintenance task you can do on your own. This way, you’ll know what color of coolant you use so it’s easier to identify leaks.
Leaking coolant? There can be all kinds of culprits. Perhaps there’s a vacuum within your coolant system and it’s being forced out, there’s a leak or a faulty hose or the radiator might be failing. Issues can also occur if you were in a recent car accident, had an oil change, and the filter wasn’t tightened correctly, or the transmission pan was cleaned and the seal wasn’t good. Bring your vehicle in and we’ll diagnose it.
Get Your Vehicle Inspected Here at Brown’s Collision Center
If you were recently involved in an accident or you’ve noticed dripping from your vehicle without any noticeable damage, our team of expert auto mechanics are here to help identify the problem and restore your vehicle. You don’t want your vehicle to be leaking anything, and while there are some leaks that are more serious than others you need to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible if you’re not sure what’s leaking. Give our auto collision staff a call today to set up a service time. We’ll get your vehicle back on the road and running leak-free in no time.