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Old 03-15-2012, 06:55 PM
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The way to easily tell where your leaking is coming from & really tell you what color it is

Just take a larger cardboard box, like the size of a coffee table, open it up flat & slide it between your tires. If you can, lay it where it will cover the ground from the radiator all the way back to the back of the transmission, maybe use 2 boxes if you have to.

Things that leak could be the radiator, power steering pump & hoses, engine pan, valve covers, oil pressure sensor, rear seal, transmission & tubing lines
Yea that is a pretty old fashion yet common way to find a leak. But the baby powder trick works well, many mechanics and I mean professional mechanics do this for numerous reasons, sometimes leaks are so small that the run off can evaporate before it hits the ground.

I say if you really want to find the leak, use both methods.
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after all, when you are driving, you may even find radiator coolant all the way back on the transmission pan & when you park, it will drip down, no matter where it is located
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You are correct
after all, when you are driving, you may even find radiator coolant all the way back on the transmission pan & when you park, it will drip down, no matter where it is located
liquid travels
Yup pretty much, the fluid travels and it can be difficult to track down where it came from but if you put baby powder around the areas you think are leaking then the leak will leave a trail on the powder. But tracking down a leak isn't always that difficult, I mean think about it. You have coolant usually green, yellow, or orange in colour. Then engine oil amber to soot coloured, then transmission fluid red-clear (assuming it's a automatic). Then axle fluid well it's going to be on the axle so... And break fluid has a distinctive order and warming sensation on the skin. So on so forth, so then all you have to do is check all the places that a specific fluid that is leaking is going to be used, of course fluid identification alone can be hard because when the fluid heats up then leaks water and dust mixes and makes it so difficult to figure out whats what. Coolant is usually always identifiable, odor, colour. So on....

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