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What's is leaking from my car

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Gileswithachainsaw Thu 02-Jul-15 13:42:22

I'm new to driving and car ownership.. This morning I noticed something dripping cm from bottom of my car. when I looked at the puddle it just appeared to be water. had no smell and wasn't greasy.

There are no warning lights flashing. and all the levels of stuff I checked appeared ok. what could it be and should I be panicking

Gileswithachainsaw Thu 02-Jul-15 13:58:56


rumgy Thu 02-Jul-15 13:59:39

Air conditioning ?

Gileswithachainsaw Thu 02-Jul-15 14:00:58

How do I check that

CainInThePunting Thu 02-Jul-15 14:05:09

What car is it?
From where is the leak? Ie front middle/front drivers side etc?
Did you have heavy rain last night?

HirplesWithHaggis Thu 02-Jul-15 14:05:12

If you've been using aircon in the car, the condensing unit will drip water from underneath the car. If you don't have or haven't used aircon, then start worrying.

Gileswithachainsaw Thu 02-Jul-15 14:07:12

It looked like it was coming from the centre of the car. I have had the air con on alot. relieved that's what it could be. Thanks smile

Gileswithachainsaw Thu 02-Jul-15 14:07:35

No rain. It's a Ford fiesta

HirplesWithHaggis Thu 02-Jul-15 14:12:22

Ah, almost certainly the aircon then. I panicked the first time I saw that too! grin

Gileswithachainsaw Thu 02-Jul-15 14:14:07

Thank you everyone grin

was seriously confused and worried.

feel better I'm. Not the only one who jumped to worrying ideas

CainInThePunting Thu 02-Jul-15 14:29:46

Agree air con.
Onboard computers are fairly sfisticated these days so anything fluid related would prob bring up a warning light of some kind.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Thu 02-Jul-15 14:31:39

Aircon for sure, it always leaves a puddle when it's been running in this heat.

Gileswithachainsaw Thu 02-Jul-15 14:34:19

Well that's just fantastic.

Thank you so much everyone.

big relief

WMittens Thu 02-Jul-15 22:03:32

Onboard computers are fairly sfisticated these days so anything fluid related would prob bring up a warning light of some kind.

Not always - oil level could be almost a litre under the 'MIN' mark before the low pressure warning light comes on, depending on the car; there's nothing like a good old-fashioned dipstick.

CainInThePunting Fri 03-Jul-15 00:11:08

Sure but youv've heard an engine running low on oil. OP would be on here asking why her engine sounded like a box of spanners.
Besides, a puddle of engine oil is fairly easy to identify.

WMittens Fri 03-Jul-15 14:06:50

Depends on the engine - a low level doesn't necessarily result in "sounding like a box of spanners". Four cylinder diesels sound like a box of spanners when running normally, a silky smooth petrol V8 can stay reserved even when it's burned some oil off.

I wasn't referring to the OP's situation, just your assertion that relying on the OBD is a safe way to manage car maintenance - it's not.

VoyageOfDad Fri 03-Jul-15 14:15:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CainInThePunting Fri 03-Jul-15 14:19:12

I was referring to OPs situation in the comment you quoted me on. She already identified it wasn't engine oil.
Nit picking much?

WMittens Fri 03-Jul-15 15:41:54

I quoted the bit I was referring to as highlighted in bold. Maybe slight nit-picking, but I think such advice, if misconstrued (which is easily done with that statement) is potentially costly.

If that deserves a raised eyebrow, then fair enough - you use your method of preventative maintenance, I'll stick with mine, and any readers can make their minds up based on our posts (or ignore said posts).

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