Your vehicle has an assortment of fluids that are designed to facilitate optimum functioning. Therefore, if the car springs a leak, it is prudent to know what type of fluid is leaking and why this is happening. However, some motorists make the mistake of continuing to drive their vehicle under the assumption that the car will be able to make it to the next diesel service. Although some fluid leaks may be minor, a good number of them should be addressed immediately to prevent irreparable damage to the vehicle or subsequent exorbitant repair costs. Here is how you can diagnose a couple of the different types of fluid leaks that would indicate you need a diesel service.
A coolant leak
Coolant is fluid characterised by being green in appearance, but it could also be a bright pink or a bright orange colour. It is one of the more viscous liquid in your vehicle and tends to be sticky. Coolant leaks may be one of the more common fluid leaks that vehicle owners have to deal with, but this does not make it an innocuous problem.
The coolant is responsible for ensuring that the temperature in your engine is regulated, which prevent overheating. Without sufficient coolant, there is a high chance of your vehicle breaking down while you are on the road.
Additionally, a coolant leak is hazardous on your property. This fluid is toxic, yet has a sweet smelling aroma that could attract pets and inquisitive children alike. Therefore, it would be best to ensure that any coolant leak is remedied as soon as you notice it.
An oil leak
Oil leaks are easy to spot once your vehicle has been parked for a while When you move the car, there will be telltale spots beneath the engine or even a puddle depending on the severity of the leak. Oil leaks should never be underrated as left unencumbered they will cause the eventual deterioration of your engine due to enhanced friction between the movable components.
Different sources could spring oil leaks including damaged gaskets, corroded coolant lines, improperly sealed oil plugs, faulty oil filters and more. Not only do you have to determine the source of the leak but it would be important to inspect the colour too.
An amber appearance signals healthy oil fluid. But dark brown leaks would mean that you have to change your oil too during the diesel service, as this indicates the fluid is severely contaminated.