How to Know if Your Car Has a Fluid Leak

Hello everyone. My name is Tom, a certified mechanic from Redding, Pennsylvania. Today we’re going to talk about how to tell if your engine has got a fluid leak. The best thing that you can do is just keep an eye on your driveway. Where do you normally park? Keep an eye out underneath the vehicle. As you move it, you start seeing spots on the ground. It’s a good indication you’ve got a leak. Another way to tell is to grab yourself a nice clean piece of cardboard. I’m going to leave the car, the engine running for quite a long time, maybe a half-hour, still put yourself a piece of cardboard underneath it, preferably in the area that you have a spot in your driveway and keep a good eye on it. You see it starting to drip. Shut your engine down, crawl up on an eighth.

It’s most of the time you could see where it’s coming from. There’s plenty of garages that can put dyes in, in certain coolants and oils and whatnot to identify which one it is. If you can’t tell, another way to tell is open your hood. Take a peek around with a flashlight.