Your Automotive Fluid Color Guide to Help You When You Need It

Stringer Auto Repair is going to provide you with an automotive fluid color guide below to help you when you need it. You never know when your car, truck, UV, or van is going to spring a leak. In order to determine whether it is safe to continue to drive your automobile, you must be able to determine the fluid that is leaking out of it.


Blue fluid leaking from your engine is the cleaning solution for the windshield. On rare occasions, you may have blue antifreeze/engine coolant, so check the color of this auto fluid to make sure it isn’t blue, as well. If it isn’t, your car is leaking windshield washer fluid. It’s okay to drive it.


It’s not okay to drive your automobile if it is leaking brown fluid. Brown fluid is commonly brake fluid, gear or motor oil, or dirty transmission fluid. If any of these fluids are leaking out of your automobile, it’s probably not safe to drive it. Especially if you see a large puddle on your garage floor.


Green or greenish-blue fluid is usually antifreeze/engine coolant. Don’t drive your automobile if it is leaking coolant. As the coolant leaks out of the cooling system, your engine will begin to overheat. This can cause additional damage to it.


Orange fluid is most likely coolant that is contaminated with corrosion. One of the most common problems older cars suffer from is a rusted-through radiator. The rust causes the radiator fluid to look orange in many cases. Do not drive your automobile.


Don’t drive your automobile if you see pink spots on your garage floor, as well. In most cases, pink fluid means that the transmission oil and the engine coolant are mixing to create what looks like a strawberry milkshake. Driving your automobile will damage it beyond repair.


Brake fluid is sometimes red, so check your reservoir to see if your brake fluid is red or brown. Other red fluids in your automobile are the power steering fluid and transmission oil. Driving your car with any of these fluids leaking out of it could be dangerous.


Finally, antifreeze/coolant can be yellow. In fact, this fluid comes in many different colors so, again, check your overflow reservoir when your engine is cold to see what the color of your antifreeze/coolant is in the engine.

If you do have a fluid leak, do not panic. Stringer Auto Repair in Johnstown, OH, can find where auto fluid is leaking from your car, truck, UV, or van, and we can fix it. Call us today.

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