Advice From An Auto Repair Shop in Nashua NH: Car Fluid Problems

Posted on May 29, 2013

Knowing when to take your car in for auto repair in Nashua NH can be tricky. If metal is moving, then fluid is most likely lubricating it. There are lots of intricate moving parts in a car and many kinds of fluids. Fortunately, fluids differ in color, texture, and smell. Once you know what to look for, finding the source of your leak is much easier. Detecting the early onset problems can save you a lot of money on expensive auto repair in the future.

General Fluid Leak Tips

A puddle that is 3 inches or wider under your car is considered a serious leak and requires immediate attention. Feel free to consult one of our technicians for auto repair in Nashua NH.

A puddle between 1 and 2 inches wide is referred to as “seepage” or a “drip.” Unless it’s brake fluid, the condition isn’t as serious. You might see these puddles form on the ground behind back tires around Nashua, it is common enough not to incite panic.

The morning after your vehicle is serviced, check underneath the car for fresh fluid. If any exists, immediately call the repair facility.

Common Fluids Found Beneath Your Car

Water from the AC or defroster system is one of the most common fluids you may find. Water is formed when moisture in the air comes into contact with the system and condenses. It usually drips under the center right or center left of the vehicle. This is a normal byproduct, and seeing this under your car is no cause for alarm.

Engine Oil
Commonly light to dark brown or black in color, engine oil feels slippery and may have a dirty, burnt-rubber smell. Oil changes in NH are a necessary service to stay ahead of. To check the engine oil level in your car, see your owner’s manual to locate the engine oil dipstick. If the oil level is low, but still registers on the dipstick, top off the oil at your earliest opportunity—or bring it in to get an oil change in NH.  Be sure to mention the leak at your next scheduled service.

*If the oil level does not register on the dipstick add enough engine oil to reach the full level on the dipstick. Note: Do not overfill the oil. Too much oil can cause more harm than too little oil. Contact your service center as soon as possible. If you have any uncertainty we recommend you get an oil change in NH done professionally.

Engine coolant is slippery to the touch and has the consistency of water. It may be light green, yellow, pink, blue, or even purple. It usually drips near the front of the engine or beneath the radiator.

After the engine has cooled down, check the fluid levels in the radiator and coolant reservoir tank. If either is low, top them off with distilled water. Do not use tap water—it contains minerals that can lead to cooling system corrosion. The number one cause of serious engine damage is loss of coolant. If your car consistently loses fluid, consider auto repair in immediately.

If you have any questions feel free to call Gurney’s at (603)886-5800, we do auto repair in Nashua NH and Milford NH.

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