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Why is My Car Leaking Water?

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If you’ve noticed water leaking from under your car, it’s always a good idea to investigate to find the cause. While some water leaks are harmless, others could indicate a fluid reservoir leak or another more serious issue. Read the guide below to learn how to tell when a car leaking water means it’s time to visit a Honda service center in Lynn.

Identify the Cause

Before you find out why water is leaking from under your car, you’ll need to determine whether your car is leaking water or another automotive liquid. Even though it may look like your car is leaking water, it’s not always easy to tell. Here’s how to tell if your car is leaking water:

  • Place a piece of paper under the leak. This way, you’ll be able to clearly see the color of the liquid dripping from your car. If it’s yellow, green, or blue, your car is leaking coolant. Check your vehicle’s coolant level to confirm a coolant leak. If it’s low, order more coolant from our service center or visit us near Burlington.
  • Some water leaks are normal. Water can leak from your car’s tailpipe because of condensation in the air conditioning and engine systems.
  • A blown gasket can cause exhaust pipe leaks. If you notice water or white smoke coming from the exhaust pipe, your car may have a blown gasket. This can cause coolant to burn along with your fuel, and should be checked out by a technician ASAP.
  • A leak near the front tires could be windshield wiper fluid. If the liquid is a blue color, then it’s wiper fluid. In cold weather, windshield wiper fluid can freeze and crack the fluid reservoir as it expands.
  • When in doubt, schedule service. If your car is leaking water and you’re unable to determine the cause, schedule an inspection at a certified Honda service center.

What Fluid is Leaking From My Car?

Fluid leaking from your car is most likely to be coolant, but it could be any other automotive fluid. Use a sheet of paper to determine the color:

  • 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

Find Expert Auto Service in Danvers

If there’s water leaking from under your car and you can’t determine the cause, don’t take your chances! The Honda experts at Honda North can diagnose the issue and get you back on the road in Lawrence ASAP. Contact us to learn how to check brake fluid, when to change your oil, and more.

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