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Here’s What to Do When You Catch a Car Fluid Leak

Over time, your vehicle's nuts, bolts, rubber gaskets, and other seals can become loose or defective. As a result, you may experience leakages of your car's essential fluids. A minor leak may not seem like a huge deal at first, but it is not something you want to disregard. After all, a small puddle can turn into a significant problem down the road. With this in mind, here are some things you will want to do as a responsible vehicle owner whenever you notice any fluid leak.


Step 1: Identify the Fluid

First, we encourage you to identify which type of fluid it is before rushing to the mechanic. You can use your senses to narrow down what kind of fluid it may be. Usually, the smells and colors will often tell you a lot about where the problem comes from. If it's a fuel leak, then you will want it addressed as soon as possible. If you have trouble identifying the liquid, take your vehicle to X-tra Mile Care pronto.


Step 2: Don't Ignore It

Whether it is engine oil, transmission fluid, radiator coolant, brake fluid, or power steering fluid, any leak is cause for concern. It would help if you never ran these fluids to empty because they can result in significant internal damage or safety hazards. Coolant or windshield wiper fluid leaks may not be as distressing as the others, but they should be dealt with accordingly.


Step 3: Seek Professional Help

Suppose you have no idea what is leaking. In that case, your best chance is to take it to a professional mechanic who can precisely identify the fluid, locate the source of the problem, and recommend the necessary actions to take. You may require a fluid change, fluid flush, or even need parts replaced.


If you notice puddles around any part of your car, don't wait for it to worsen. Bring your vehicle to X-tra Mile Auto Care or call our shop today!