Why is My Car Leaking Water?

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Usually, it’s not serious when a car leaks water. When activated, the air conditioning system creates condensation. It’s not uncommon to see puddles of water near the rear of the engine compartment, especially in warm and sunny San Antonio. The exhaust system can also create condensation, which evaporates as the muffler warms. Leaking fluids, however, require a trip to our service center. Read on to learn more about how to identify the causes of a car leaking water and signs of a more serious issue.

Water Leaking from Under Car: Possible Causes

Follow these steps to determine where the water is leaking from:

  • First, place a sheet of paper under the leak. If the fluid is indeed water, you’ll just see water droplets on the paper. If it has a blue, green, or yellow tinge, it’s probably coolant and not water.
  • Your car may have a blown gasket if the exhaust is leaking more than a bit of water. Coolant could be burning with the fuel, resulting in large amounts of water and white smoke coming from the exhaust pipe.
  • Coolant is typically easy to spot due to its color, but you can always do a fluid level check if you suspect a leak. If the coolant level is low, bring your car to our service center and we’ll take care of it for you.
  • The leak could also be the cause of a damaged windshield wiper fluid reservoir. This happens when water gets into the wiper fluid and freezes and expands, causing the plastic to crack. Windshield wiper fluid has a light blue or light green color and leaks can be detected by the front tires.

If you suspect the cause of the leak is anything but normal condensation, have one of our certified technicians complete an inspection!

Car Fluid Colors Guide

Again, if the fluid on the sheet of paper isn’t clear, you’re dealing with something other than water. To help you determine what type of fluid is leaking from your car, refer to the following guide:

  • Red: Power steering or transmission fluid
  • Orange: Radiator coolant or transmission fluid
  • Yellow: Radiator coolant
  • Green: Antifreeze from water pump, hoses, or the radiator
  • Blue: Windshield wiper fluid
  • Dark Brown: Brake fluid or older motor oil
  • Light Brown: Newer engine oil or gear lubricant
  • Pink: Power steering fluid or transmission fluid

Schedule a Service Visit at Maserati of Austin!

Would you rather have a professional take a look at the water leaking from your car and help you resolve the issue? Schedule a service appointment at our dealership, located near Houston and Dallas. Our team can also answer any other questions you may have about service for your Maserati, such as “When should I change my car’s oil?” Contact our service center today! While you’re at it, find out how to get the smoke smell out of a car.