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    What kind of fluid is this?

    Used to seeing oil and a little water accumulate under the car. This one is new. It's kind of a pinkish hue, barely any odor (it doesn't smell like radiator fluid.) I'm guessing power steering or transmission?


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    Not transmission, maybe power steering. Did you taste it? I usually test for sweetness if coolant.

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    Have you checked your fluids at all? Could be power steering/trans fluid as our cars, I believe use ATF for the trans and power steering system. When you dipped your finger in that puddle, did your fingers feel slippery?

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    Looks like Dexcool to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Looks like Dexcool to me.
    Agree!!! diluted and in need of a change Dexcool....If it was ps or trans your in trouble !! Those two shouldnt be that color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammed goat View Post
    Have you checked your fluids at all? Could be power steering/trans fluid as our cars, I believe use ATF for the trans and power steering system. When you dipped your finger in that puddle, did your fingers feel slippery?
    Yes, fingers were slippery after touching. I had the rack and pinion assembly replaced in April 2010, so I'm hoping I'm not leaking from that. Didn't think about tasting it...

    I think it may be ps or trans fluid mixed with air conditioning condensation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by az gt eater View Post
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    Yeah, it's coolant, dang it. Had to add a gallon of water to the radiator this morning. Now I have to track down that leak.

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    Could be a loose clamp. Like the saying goes, expect the worst and hope for the best. Keep us updated.

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    Check for a loose clamp and deteriorated hoses. One could have a crack from age.

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    Could also try putting something under the car, cardboard with a clean towel to isolate the drip to one area then trace it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingls1 View Post
    Could also try putting something under the car, cardboard with a clean towel to isolate the drip to one area then trace it up
    It funny you say that, cause I already keep a pair of xtra large underpads under the car to catch all the oil she's leaking from the rear main seal and oil pan gasket. Would be tough to trace back w/ all the other stuff she's spewing. That said, I did stick my head under the hood yesterday and today after shutting the engine off and I can hear faint, intermittent hiss on the passenger side of the engine, like the sound of a drop of water hitting the manifold every 15 seconds or so. Can't see where it's actually happening though. Seems like it's buried under a bunch of other stuff. Awesome.

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    Check the water pump gaskets. Mine were leaking. I also had leaks by the heater core hose clamps and the bypass pipe in the front of the engine. If you can't find the leak. you can rent a cooling system pressure tester and pressurize the system. You will then see where the leak is coming from.

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    ^ good idea-used one @ work in the shop and it was a real time saver!! just dont put too much pressure on it or you may blow something else check your cap or manual for psi for the system.

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