Why is My Car Leaking?

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If you notice pooling liquid gathering under your vehicle, you might wonder, “Just why is my car leaking fluid?” While the best way to get an accurate diagnosis is to visit Sunrise Chevrolet directly, you can get a head start on the process by taking a look at the color of the leakage. From the reddish hues of a power steering fluid leak to the blue tones of windshield wiper fluid, you might learn a lot about your car’s inner workings by simple observation. Take a look at our guide to start narrowing down your car’s issue, and schedule your service visit today!

Red and Pink

Notice a reddish fluid leaking as you navigate Carol Stream and Addison? Two common culprits are transmission or power steering fluid leaks. It might be a problem with your seals, so be sure to get a transmission check as soon as possible.

Orange and Yellow

An orange or yellow leak could be several things. You might be dealing with a rusty radiator or transmission fluid, but it might be a case of leaking radiator coolant. Consider scheduling an AC system evaluation to pinpoint the problem.

Blue and Green

Are you seeing pools of blue and green? Blue fluid is usually windshield wiper fluid leaking from the fluid reservoir. Green fluid is generally antifreeze leaking from the water pump, hoses, or even radiator. Your technician can look through your AC system and wiper components to diagnose the issue.

Brown and Black

If you notice brown fluid leaking from your car, then it’s time to get to the technicians before your check engine light flashes on. Brown fluid is usually motor oil, which gets darker and darker as it ages. If you notice a burning smell accompanying the leak, try to prioritize a visit to the dealership as soon as possible.


If you notice clear fluids leaking from your car, it’s probably just condensation from the air conditioning system. No need to worry, but feel free to swing by for a checkup if you want to be sure.

Learn More About Essential Car Care

Whether wondering, “Why is my car leaking coolant?” or “What are these strange car noises under the hood?”, the folks at Sunrise Chevrolet are here to help. We’re located near Chicago, so contact us with any questions or stop by for an inspection.

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