Why is My Car Leaking Water?

Car Leaking Water


If your car is leaking water, it doesn’t always mean it’s serious. It could be as simple as the car’s air conditioner creating condensation when it’s activated, leaving puddles underneath the vehicle. In addition, water near the tailpipe is typically exhaust condensation, meaning that it will disappear after your muffler warms up. However, leaking fluids could also mean something more serious. Consider stopping by our service center at Kempthorn Motors near North Canton for a quick inspection.

Identifying the Cause of Leaking Water

Water leaking from under the car? Follow these steps to determine the potential problem:

  • Place a sheet of paper under the leak. A different color such as blue, green, or yellow will show up on the paper if it is a liquid other than water.
  • If there is a significant amount of water leaking from your exhaust, it could be a blown gasket causing coolant to be burnt along with the fuel, causing large amounts of water and white smoke to come out of the exhaust pipe. 
  • While the coolant is usually easy to spot due to its color, it might be best to double-check the levels. If it’s low, you’ll want to bring your car to Kempthorn Motors as soon as possible.
  • Another reason for a leakage could be from a cracked windshield wiper fluid reservoir. This can be caused by water freezing in your windshield wiper fluid, causing the reservoir to expand and crack. Wiper fluid usually is light blue or green and can be found in the front tires.

If the cause is anything other than condensation, it’s worth visiting Kempthorn Motors near Massillon.

What Fluid is Leaking from My Car?

If the leaking fluid isn’t clear after doing the paper test, it’s not water. Follow this guide to find out which liquid it is, then schedule service at Kempthorn Motors:

  • Green – Antifreeze from Water Pump, Hoses, or Radiator
  • Blue – Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Dark Brown – Brake Fluid or Older Engine Oil
  • Light Brown – Newer Engine Oil or Gear Lubricant
  • Red – Transmission Fluid or Power Steering Fluid
  • Orange – Transmission Fluid or Radiator Coolant
  • Yellow – Radiator Coolant
  • Pink – Power Steering Fluid or Transmission Fluid

Visit Kempthorn Motors in Canton for Service

Kempthorn Motors is happy to help customers from Columbus with any of your vehicle’s leaking fluids and how to stop them. Contact us with any questions today!

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