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5 Different Automotive Leaks and What to do About Them

Some leaks may require auto repair

AAMCOLeesSummit  | 07/06/2015
Auto Repair & Maintenance

5 Different Automotive Leaks and What to do About Them
You just saw a puddle under your vehicle when you began to pull out of your driveway today. You aren’t sure what caused it or what you can do about resolving the issue. A lot depends on what type of fluid it is. Below are five very common auto leaks that your vehicle could be experiencing and how to resolve them.
Does Your Vehicle Need Auto Repair?
1. Oil is Leaking
Engine oil is a light yellow to dark brown or black in color. It can leak from a bad gasket, a corroded oil coolant line or an oil plug that’s not secured correctly. If you notice an oil leak, it’s important to bring your vehicle into an auto repair facility for service as soon as possible.  
2. Coolant is Leaking
Coolant is also called antifreeze, it’s generally either a bright green, orange or pink color and it has a sweet scent to it. If you have a coolant leak, your car may overheat and leave you stranded out on the road. It’s a good idea to visit a mechanic to have this checked out. 
3. Gas is Leaking
If you determine that it’s gas your vehicle is leaking, chances are, it most likely is. If you feel comfortable fixing a minor leak in your gas tank, that will remedy the problem. Otherwise, an auto repair professional can perform this service for you and also look for the cause and diagnose if it is a part of a bigger issue. 
4. Brake Fluid is Leaking
If you see a clear or yellow fluid that feels slightly oily, it is most likely brake fluid. If you have a brake fluid leak, it is extremely dangerous to drive your vehicle any longer. Call your local auto repair facility and inquire about their towing services.
5. Your Power Steering Fluid is Leaking
Power steering fluid is yellowish to blackish in color. Although, some cars use automatic transmission fluid in lieu of power steering fluid. Automatic transmission fluid is a light pink color. If you see a yellow or pink liquid and are experiencing an increased ability to steer your vehicles. You may have a power steering fluid leak. Call to talk to your trusted local mechanic for auto repair before you drive anywhere.
The total car care experts at AAMCO Lee’s Summit can provide you with all of the auto repair services your vehicle requires. We can find the cause of your leak and fix it for you so that you can have peace of mind again while driving down the road.

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