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Old 08-30-2012, 11:47 AM
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Hello Everyone,

Noob owner here and a new to the Forum. I recently bought a used 2000 Dodge Ram 1500. There's a leak near the front right wheel under my truck. Pic is attached and the leak that collects as drops is inside the red circle.

I placed a white cardboard under my truck overnight, and after about 12 hours, I got two patches, each about 1-2 inches wide. The color is light brown in the middle, and as you go out, it becomes yellow. Pic is attached.

Does anyone know what this is? I think it's too light to be engine oil (but it smells oily to me), so it might be power steering fluid or something from the shocks. I hope that it's not brake fluid.

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I wonder if it's the dye they put in A/C systems to track leaks,either that or she is marking her territory...
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Hey gunpowder,

Thanks for the reply. I don't think the leak is from the A/C, since I haven't used it for the past two weeks.
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Well, if the air conditioning works, and you've been using it, I'm guessing that it's condensate coming from the ac tubing, or the condensate drain, which would mean that all is normal. what color is your radiator coolant? green or blue, I would hope, and not rusty mud.
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What does it taste like? Coolant will be sweet. Oil will taste like, well, oil. Gear lube will have a sharp smell.
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It looks to me like A/C dye that's collecting some sort of oil or other contaminant on the way down. That would account for the different colored rings.

Even if you haven't been using the A/C it's still under pressure and can force the dye out of a compromised portion of the system. Easiest way to tell is to put a UV light on the paper and see if it glows.
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Thanks for the replies everyone.

I went to a mechanic, and the oil appears to be shock fluid. The old shock was rusted and leaking, so he replaced it with a new one.

I'll see if any leak is still there after a few days.

I guess this is what you get with an old truck. She'll have her issues...
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