The Different Types of Fluid Leaks

As a vehicle owner, you never want to see any type of fluid leaking from your vehicle. Fluid leaks not only leave unsightly stains on your driveway, but they can also lead to major problems if left unaddressed.

Here are the different types of fluid leaks you may encounter and what they could mean for your vehicle:

Engine Oil Leak - The most common type of fluid leak is engine oil. If you catch black or brownish-red fluid leaking from the engine, it is likely an engine oil leak. This type of leak can be caused by a faulty oil filter, gasket, or drain plug. Leaving an engine oil leak alone can lead to engine damage, reduced fuel efficiency, and costly repairs.

Transmission Fluid Leak - A transmission fluid leak can be identified by its reddish color and slippery texture. Worn or damaged transmission seals, gaskets, or lines can cause this kind of fluid leak. 

Coolant Leak - A coolant leak will have a sweet smell and a green, yellow, or pink color. The culprit can be a damaged radiator, coolant hoses, or water pump. If you ignore a coolant leak, it can lead to engine overheating and engine damage.

Brake Fluid Leak - Brake fluid is clear or light yellow, and a brake fluid leak can be identified by its oily feel. Leaky brake fluid can be caused by a damaged master cylinder or brake line. Ignoring a brake fluid leak can lead to brake failure, which can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening.

Power Steering Fluid Leak - Power steering fluid is usually reddish or light brown. A power steering fluid leak can be caused by worn or damaged power steering hoses, lines, or seals. Ignoring a power steering fluid leak can lead to steering problems, which can be dangerous while driving.

If you notice any fluid leak in your vehicle, please bring your car to Snellville Auto Center as soon as possible. Our professional technicians will be able to diagnose the issue and repair it before it becomes a major problem. An early detection of a vehicle fluid leak can save you money and prevent potential accidents.

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