Is your car leaking pink fluid? Don’t panic! Have a look at this article to find out why and where it comes from.
Do you know that the fluid in your car has a different color? For example, while the transmission fluid is red, the coolant engine mostly has a green or orange one, the windshield washer fluid color is blue, and so on.
It is essential to know and distinguish the difference because when the fluid in your car is leaking, the color of it can indicate where the source of the problem is.
Do you agree with me that any type of fluid leaking can make you panic a lot sometimes as it is usually a bad sign telling that your car is in trouble?
If you notice a red or pink fluid leaking from your car, maybe it is time for you to find out what the problem is. In this article, we will help you identify the most common sources that cause the issue.
However, the first thing you need to know is that pink liquid leaking from your car can generally mean three things; it must either come from an engine coolant, a transmission, or a power steering.
To determine which one is easier for you to do by yourself.
Checking Coolant Engine
Engine coolant, a liquid that flows through every part of the engine to keep it at a safe temperature, has a lot of different colors including pink and can be found under the engine.
You know the fluid is from the coolant engine when it looks similar to water and smells slightly sweet.
If you think your car is leaking in the coolant engine, you should check the reservoir; it is the transparent bottle under the hood and the radiator, which is located behind the grill in front of the car.
It is crucial to make sure that you should not open the radiator cap right after turning off the engine to avoid your face getting burned from hot steam.
Now you should see the coolant liquid without the cap; if you don’t see it either from the engine or the radiator, there is a very high chance that your car has the fluid leaked somewhere; in this case, you should bring it to a mechanic for an inspection.
Steering Wheel Fluid
What is a power steering fluid? Simply put, it is a liquid that helps you turn your car easily by transmitting power into the steering wheel. This type of fluid is usually thick and has a red or pink color.
This leakage is rather easy to identify as you will notice it is leaking when turning the wheel at low speeds and feeling an unusual resistance than required when steering.
You will most likely find some trace of the liquid near the front bumper, and it typically has a smell of burnt oil.
It is crucial to know that the power steering wheel system is completely sealed and not easy to leak, therefore, if you think it is leaking, you should bring your car to the shop as soon as possible.
If the others don’t seem to have any problem or show no sign of leakage, this is the last thing you need to take a look at, the transmission fluid.
When you have leakage on a transmission, you should go and check it immediately as your car is most likely to stop moving if you ignore it long enough.
The problem can be determined by checking the transmission dipstick, where you will see high and low markings indicating the required level. You should fill it up if the fluid is below the minimum level.
After two or three days, if the liquid is still lower than the minimum level required, it means your car has a leak.
Now what you should do is to have your car inspected by a specialist. Otherwise, it can cause you a lot more trouble.
No matter what type of fluid leaking you have, it’s never a good sign for car owners. Now, if you have a pink liquid flowing out from your car, we hope this article will help you to identify the problem.
Most importantly, we advise you to have your car checked by a specialist to avoid further damage. You can also share your comments below; we would love to hear about your experience.