Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: my car is smoking and leaking green fluid

asked by on

my 03 murano is leaking green fluids right by the passenger front tire and i can see a leak but it has also begun smoking. it happened at the gas station while i was filling my tire and out of no where. a man walking by saw and said it could be my water pump then when we looked it was barley turning at all but then began turning all over again. i am just a college kid on my way to school and am wondering if you might have a better idea.

My car has 119000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there:

The issue you’re describing (especially the green fluid and the location of the drip) does indicate a problem exists with your cooling system. If it’s leaking by the front passenger tire, I would assume that it’s coming from the coolant overflow reservoir as opposed to the water pump.

Since you’re on your way to college, there are two things to be aware of while you’re driving. First, keep an eye on that temperature gauge. If it’s running in the red (or hotter than recommended as indicated in your owner manual), then you’ve got an overheating situation which could lead to serious engine problems.

Second, anytime you stop for fuel, pop the hood of your vehicle and check your coolant overflow tank. If it’s dry, go into the store and buy some radiator fluid (it should be a 50/50 mixture). Add fluid into the overflow tank until you reach the FULL line (which is marked on the outside).

If the water pump is what you’re describing as not turning, and then it does turn, this might indicate a problem with the serpentine belt or pulley - which powers the water pump. In any case, as long as you make it to school OK, when you get there, contact one of our local ASE certified mechanics so they can help you diagnose the leak and fix your problem.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: overheating

With the information that you've provided, I would say the cause for the overheating may be the cooling fan. It is possible that could be a problem with the radiator, but as long as the coolant level is correct and...

Q: The roof rack runners on my car are lose and making a rattle/whine when I drive fast.

These roof racks are held to the top of the car with a series of bolts and brackets. Over time, these can occasionally work themselves loose and may cause a bit of rattling as you describe. For safety precautions, you...

Q: Car temp rises when idling

Hi there: Usually this is caused by either a malfunctioning thermostat or cooling fans that are not working. If your heater is not working as well, it could be caused by an obstruction inside your heater core as well. The...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...