Whether the result of a deteriorating seal or problems with other auto parts, it can be alarming to find a puddle of fluid underneath your vehicle. But how can you identify where the leak is coming from? The team at Smyth Automotive in Cincinnati, OH, notes that a few simple steps will help you figure things out.
One of the easiest ways to identify the source of the leak is to examine the color of the liquid. If it looks like water, it probably is—dripping condensation from your A/C system is fairly normal and not a cause for alarm. Antifreeze is typically pink, orange, or green, depending on the manufacturer, while transmission fluid is a darker red. Brake fluid tends to be yellow, while motor oil has a darker color closer to honey. Though gasoline’s pale yellow or orange color could appear similar to other substances, its distinctive smell ensures you’ll always know when it is leaking.
Getting Under the Vehicle
Even when you know what type of fluid is leaking from your vehicle, it can be hard to determine where the issue originated. Though checking under the hood can help you find the source of some leaks, others will only show when you lift the vehicle and clean its underside with a specialized solvent. Removing pre-existing grime will make it much easier to identify the source of the leak and determine which auto parts you need for repairs.
Whether you need to change your filters or repair your auto air conditioning system, you can depend on Smyth Automotive to provide the parts you need to get the job done. In business since 1963, their wide selection of OEM and aftermarket auto parts will make it easy to find the right solution for your vehicle. To learn more about their products and services, visit them online or call (513) 528-2800.