How to Locate and Identify 7 Common Vehicle Fluid Leaks

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Helpful Advice, Service, Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 at 1:16 pm
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How to Locate A Leak Under Your Mazda Vehicle

After owning a vehicle for a while, odds are that at some point you will come across a puddle of leaking liquid sitting under it. At first, suspecting a leak in your vehicle can be alarming and you might start to worry if your vehicle is safe to drive before fixing the leak. There are a few tips and tricks on how to locate a leak under your Mazda vehicle and this guide is here to help. Continue reading to find out how to locate and identify which part of your Mazda vehicle is leaking.


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Locating a Leak Under Your Vehicle

If you suspect that your Mazda vehicle might be leaking, a good trick is to place cardboard under your vehicle for a few hours while it is parked in your garage or driveway. After letting the cardboard hang out for a bit, check to see if there are any spots on it. Using cardboard allows you to detect what area the leak is coming from and will also help you better see the color of the leak and identify what the liquid is.

Seven Common Vehicle Fluid Leaks Bottle pouring yellow oil

  • Engine oil will be light brown to black in color and will feel slick and greasy. This oil will leak from the under the front of your vehicle.
  • Transmission fluid will be brown in color and thick, or it will be more reddish and thinner. This fluid will leak from the under the front of your vehicle.
  • Power steering fluid can range in color and is often amber, reddish, or light brown and will feel thin. This fluid will leak from the under the front of your vehicle.
  • Coolant (anti-freeze) can be yellow, green, or pink in color and it will feel greasy and slimy. Coolant will leak from the under the front of your vehicle.
  • Brake fluid will be clear to brown and slightly yellow in color and will feel slick. This fluid would be found near the wheels of your vehicle.
  • Water can leak from your vehicle and it often comes from your air conditioning. On hot days it is normal to see some water drip from near the rear end of your vehicle.
  • Fuel is light gold in color but when it leaks out it will look colorless on the ground. Diesel fuel may have a bluish tint to it but is for the most part clear. Fuel leaks can occur anywhere under the vehicle and are a safety concern. If you smell gasoline or suspect a fuel leak, get your vehicle to a service center as soon as possible.

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If you suspect your Mazda is leaking fluids, bring it to the Serra Mazda service center. Our team can diagnose and repair any leak or issue your Mazda vehicle is running into. You can book an appointment with our team of experts right on our website.

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