If you pull away and notice a puddle where your car was, you have a leak coming from somewhere in your car’s mechanical system. But where? Leave the repairs to a professional, but you can figure out how much services will cost by noticing what color the leak is. Certain colors indicate fluids coming from specific locations in your car.
Brown: Engine Oil or Brake Fluid
One of the most common liquids to drip from underneath the center of cars. It often produces a bad odor when the oil is burning, which can help differentiate it from brake fluid. Brake fluid looks slimy and clearer than engine oil. If the leak looks clear brown, get it fixed immediately as brake fluid is critical to running a car.
Orange: Transmission Fluid
Transmission fluid has an orange to reddish brown tint which can make it hard to identify. If the leak is under the center of your car, it is transmission fluid.
Red: Power Steering Fluid
Very similar in color to transmission fluid, the power steering fluid can be identified by its location. If it is by the front of the car, it is the power steering. If it is around the center of the car, it is transmission fluid.
Clear: A/C Water
You will see these leaks under all cars, especially on hotter days. That is because condensation from the air conditioning built up and when you turn the car off and it gets hot, it melts.
Yellow, Green, or Pink: Coolant
The most easy fluid to spot as it is neon in color, leaks often appear under the car where the hood is. Coolant is used to cool the engine off when it gets too hot.