Why is My Car Leaking Water?

water leaking from car radiator

While seeing your car is leaking water may be stressful, in most cases it’s not a serious problem. Running your air conditioning causes normal condensation, and can create small puddles of water in the engine compartment. It’s also common to see exhaust condensation near the tailpipe, which tends to evaporate once your muffler is warm. Knowing the cause of why your car is leaking water is important, because there could be something more going on. Let’s take a closer look at these service tips from the experts at Mainline Chrysler to understand why.

Identifying the Cause of Leaking Water

Follow these steps to find out where your leak is coming from:

  • Place a sheet of paper under the leak. If the fluid is blue, green, or yellow, it’s probably coolant, not water.
  • If you see a considerable amount of fluid coming from your exhaust, coolant may be burning along with fuel due to a blown gasket. If this is the case, you will see large amounts of water and white smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe.
  • Check your coolant level. If it’s low, you’ll want to bring your car to your local Saskatoon service center for an inspection right away.
  • You may also have a cracked windshield wiper fluid reservoir, which can cause a leak. If water freezes in the reservoir, it will expand and crack the plastic container. Windshield wiper fluid is typically light blue or light green, and leaks are usually found by the front tires.

What Fluid is Leaking From My Car?

Water condensation is normal but if the fluid leaking from your car has a tinted color, there could be a bigger problem. The following are liquids that could conceivably leak from your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM 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

Visit Mainline Chrysler in Rosetown for Service

Don’t let a leak ruin your Regina commute; if you need help with service, let the pros at Mainline Chrysler help. We’re here to assist with any and all automotive issues, including jump starting a car, changing oil, and more. Schedule your service appointment today, and don’t forget to take advantage of our current service specials!