Why is My Car Leaking Water?

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If there’s water leaking from under your car, it’s likely not a big deal. Most often, this is just condensation from your air conditioning unit. It’s also normal to see condensation build up near your muffler. However, water isn’t the only clear fluid in your vehicle’s systems, so take a moment to learn both about when water leaks are a real concern and how to identify when your car is leaking fluid that is clear but not water. If you think you need a car service near Stratford, explore our service specials, and then, contact Hillside Chevrolet Buick GMC to book an appointment in Charlottetown!

Possible Causes of Water Leaking From Under Your Car

  • If your car is leaking water, first place a sheet of paper under the leak, and verify that your car isn’t leaking another fluid. If the fluid is vaguely bluish, greenish, or yellowish, it’s not water.
  • If there is a large amount of water coming from your exhaust pipe, it’s possible you’ve blown a gasket and that radiator coolant is leaking into your gas tank. This is usually accompanied by white smoke blowing from your tailpipe, and is an issue you need to take care of ASAP.
  • If your car is leaking a fluid that is slightly blue or light green, it’s likely wiper fluid. During the winter, your windshield wiper fluid reservoir can freeze and crack, causing a leak by the front tires.

If you think the water leaking under your car is anything other than A/C condensation, it’s best to take your vehicle into a service garage near Cornwall.

Types of Fluids That Leak Under Cars

To determine whether it’s really water leaking from under your car, take a sheet of white paper and place it under your car leaking water. Then, use our colour glossary to determine if your car is leaking another fluid:

  • Orange – Transmission Fluid or Radiator Coolant
  • Yellow – Radiator Coolant
  • Dark Brown – Brake Fluid or Older Engine Oil
  • Light Brown – Newer Engine Oil or Gear Lubricant
  • Pink – Power Steering Fluid or Transmission Fluid
  • Red – Transmission Fluid or Power Steering Fluid
  • Green – Antifreeze from Water Pump, Hoses, or Radiator
  • Blue – Windshield Wiper Fluid

Schedule for a Diagnostic Near PEI

If you’ve read our guide and determined that your car is leaking water, and it’s likely just A/C condensation, then you have nothing to worry about. If the “water” leaking from under your car is actually one of the fluids above, call the Hillside Chevrolet Buick GMC service garage in Charlottetown for help! Our phone number is 833-914-1496. We can get your car fixed up and back on the streets in no time and for an affordable price. While you’re here, take a moment to explore our service tips and parts tips for other helpful reads!

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