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What's Leaking Under My Car?

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Identify a Fluid Leak?
This leaking fluid spot is bad news.

A leaking engine or transmission will leave telltale spots.

photo by Matt Wright, 2009
That little spot underneath your car may be trying to tell you something. Old Porsches leak, your late model Honda should be tight as a tick. If you've got a recurring drip, pudle or spot in your parking area, now would be a good time to figure out what's leaking. Unfortunately looking under the hood or at the underside of your car or truck doesn't always reveal an answer. There's all kinds of goop under even a healthy engine thanks to road grime.

To solve the puzzle, we'll help you identify your leaky fluid by its properties like color, texture and smell.

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