If you notice any fluids leaking from under your vehicle, it's not something you should take lightly. A fluid leak is often the first stage of major automotive problems that can develop. It's always a good idea to get the leak inspected by a professional mechanic and fixed sooner—before it leads to much more significant or costly damage.
Identify the Fluid
The first step is to identify the leaking fluid. Is it motor oil, radiator coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, gasoline/diesel or something else? You can check out The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Fluids for some identifying traits. Otherwise, a good automotive technician will be able to tell you what the leak is pretty easily.
Find the Source of the Leak
Figuring out what type of fluid it is will then help the mechanic narrow down the problem and find the source of the leak. In most cases, it may just be a worn-out seal or gasket that can easily be replaced. In other cases, there may be a cracked component or some other problem that is leading to the leak. Either way, you don't want to put off the repairs for too long.
A Cautionary Tale
Let's look at an example. You may notice a small leak of transmission fluid under your car.It's easy to identify because the fluid is bright red and it's under the middle of the vehicle where the transmission is located. It's not a huge leak, but it's enough to notice a few drips on the ground. You may just need a standard transmission service to replace the pan gasket and refortify the seal between the pan and the bell housing. However, you decide to ignore it. Before long, you start having transmission problems. Why? Because there's not enough fluid going through the components, providing important lubricating and cooling properties. Metal parts are grinding together and sending even more debris throughout the transmission. A small leak turns into a major internal transmission failure that will cost you thousands to repair, replace or rebuild.
Why the Fluids Are So Important
All vehicle fluids perform vital functions, whether it's providing hydraulic power, lubrication or cooling properties. If the fluid is low or of poor quality, then it won't do what it is supposed to do and it will, without fail, lead to internal damage if not dealt with. It's always a good idea to be proactive and get the leak fixed before it develops into something else. Why take the chance and risk even more expensive repairs?
Leak Repair at Simard Automotive
If you notice any fluid leaks in your vehicle, bring it into Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK. We have two shops in town to serve you. Our technicians can perform a thorough inspection and determine the source of the leak before recommending repairs or maintenance services.
Call Simard Automotive today at (855) 690-0889 (Aeronca Avenue) or (855) 639-5001 (Gaffney Road). Or, schedule your next service appointment online.