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Why Is My Car Leaking Water?

Car Leaking Water


If you’ve noticed water leaking under your car in Newport, RI, it is often nothing serious. Usually when a car is leaking water, it’s only condensation from the air conditioning system. You might notice small puddles near the back of the engine compartment. If you see water leaking from under your car tailpipe, it’s probably exhaust condensation that will quickly disappear. But if you notice something out of the ordinary, it’s a good idea to head to the service center for an inspection. 

Let’s explore some of the most common culprits behind a car leaking water.

Common Causes for a Car Leaking Water

Once you notice water leaking from under the car, you can take some steps to troubleshoot right in your garage. This can help you narrow down your search in Providence, RI before you take your car into the dealership.

  1. Grab a white sheet of paper and put it directly under the leak. You’ll notice the color of the fluid immediately. If it is blue or green or yellow, it’s likely coolant.
  2. If the fluid is clear and colorless, it might be water. Sometimes a blown gasket will cause coolant to burn with fuel, and large amounts of water and white smoke will pour out of the exhaust pipe.
  3. If you think the fluid is coolant, double check your work by popping the hood and looking at the coolant level. If it’s low, schedule your service appointment quickly to resolve any potential leaks.
  4. If the fluid is a light blue or light green color, it might be windshield wiper fluid. Cracks can form in the fluid reservoir, which causes the container to crack and leak. The fluid will pool under the car by the front tires.

Colors of Common Automotive Fluids

What if you notice a fluid that isn’t clear, blue, or green? Here are some of the other most common automotive fluids that may leak from your vehicle:

  • 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

Schedule Your Service at MINI of Warwick

Stop your car leaking water once and for all by visiting MINI of Warwick. Our technicians will diagnose and resolve your auto issue quickly, so you can get back on the Cranston, RI roads and back to your busy life. Contact us with questions or schedule your appointment online.

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