Why Is My Car Leaking Water?

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If your car is leaking water, it’s usually not serious. I see small puddles of water near the back of the engine compartment, it’s typically just condensation from the air conditioning system. Water near the tailpipe is also generally not a sign of a problem. It is just exhaust condensation that will dissipate as your muffler warms up. However, there can be more serious issues associated with leaking fluids. Feel free to stop by the service center at Jack Powell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram near San Diego for a quick inspection.

What is the Cause of Leaking Water?

Water leaking from under the car? Learn where it’s coming from before having your vehicle inspected by a professional.

  • 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 you notice a significant amount of water is coming from your exhaust, coolant could be burning along with the fuel due to a blown gasket. If it is a blown gasket, you will likely see large amounts of water and white smoke being emitted from the exhaust pipe.
  • While the coolant is usually easy to spot due to its color, you can confirm it is the cause of the issue by checking its level. If it’s low, you’ll want to bring your car to a certified service center as soon as possible.
  • The leak may also be coming from a cracked windshield wiper fluid reservoir. When water runs into your windshield wiper fluid, it can freeze in the reservoir. When it expands, the plastic container could crack. You can tell 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 believe the leak is something more than just condensation, it’s a good idea to visit Jack Powell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

What Fluid Is Leaking From My Car?

If you place a sheet of paper under your vehicle and the leaking fluid isn’t clear, it’s not water. The guide below should give you a better idea of what may be causing the problem:

  • 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
  • Pink – Power Steering Fluid or Transmission Fluid
  • Dark Brown – Brake Fluid or Older Engine Oil
  • Light Brown – Newer Engine Oil or Gear Lubricant

Jack Powell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is Your Trusted Service Center

Jack Powell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is happy to help customers from San Marcos and beyond identify the source of any leaking fluids. Contact us with any questions today! Learn more with us, like how long you should go before rotating your tires and discover the average lifespan of a tire as well!

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