Why Is My Car Leaking Water?

February 22nd, 2019 by

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Most times when your car is leaking water, it’s the condensation from the car’s air conditioning system. Normally though, when a vehicle is leaking water, it’s not serious. If you notice a small puddle of water near the back of the engine compartment, this is the cause. If you notice the water near the tailpipe, it’s condensation from the exhaust, which will go away when the muffler warms up. If you happen to find water elsewhere, this may be the cause of a more serious issue. Either way, bring your vehicle to our service center at Wolfchase Nissan near Arlington to keep your vehicle in top shape.

Identifying the Cause of Leaking Water

Notice water leaking underneath the car? This can be from multiple things. Follow these steps to find out where the leak is coming from as well as to help specify what the cause is:

  1. Place a sheet of paper under the leak. If the color is blue, green, or even yellow, this is probably coolant and not water.
  2. If you notice large amounts of water coming from the exhaust, this may be from a blown gasket that’s causing coolant to be burned with the fuel. Aside from the water, you’ll also notice white smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe.
  3. When coolant is considered the problem, you can also check the coolant levels to be sure. If they are below the recommended levels, be sure to bring your vehicle in to have the problem fixed.
  4. The leak may also be from a cracked windshield wiper fluid reservoir. If there’s water in the reservoir that freezes, it’ll expand the plastic and cause it to crack. If it’s a light blue or green color, it’s most likely windshield wiper fluid.

What Fluid is Leaking From My Car?

Once you place the sheet of paper under the vehicle to catch where the leak may be coming from, check the color. If it isn’t clear, it isn’t water. Use our color guide to see what might be leaking from your vehicle, if not water.

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

Find Affordable Car Service in Bartlett

Check your vehicle at home or bring it into our service center for the professionals to take a look. Either way, your vehicle will be in good hands and back on Memphis and Cordova roads in no time. If you decide to visit us, be sure to look through our service specials to help you save on routine maintenance, such as replacing the spark plugs, and more. Contact our Nissan dealership service center today with any questions.

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