Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Puddle of fluid

asked by on

Parked the truck in my drive-way Friday and didn't drive it all weekend. I went to get in the truck to leave for work this morning and notice a puddle or pinkish fluid under the truck. The temperatures were a little crazy this weekend ranging from the mid 60's to low 30's. I ran vehicle health report and nothing came up. Please advise.

My car has 72000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: If the fluid is pinkish or red, it could be...

If the fluid is pinkish or red, it could be automatic transmission fluid. A certified technician from YourMechanic could perform a leak inspection and let you know what the required repair is. The temperature fluctuation you refer to is probably coincidental. That is, a tightly sealed transmission won’t leak, regardless of temperatures, so the leak was probably already there when you parked the vehicle. It has just gotten slowly larger over time. It could be due to a leaky pan gasket but the technician will let you know for sure.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Won't start

You will need to look at the theft light to see if it goes out when you turn the key to the on position. If it does not go out then you may have a problem with the key or...

Q: Acura TL 08 leaking coolant thermostat repair gasket broken price for labor if I have all parts including thermostat coolant And g

You are welcome to buy your own parts and book a certified mechanic from YourMechanic to install those parts or perform associated repairs. When reviewing your quote online, open the “price breakdown” tab, and click on “parts options.” From there,...

Q: Advice on buying a car

Hello, thank you for writing in. You will want to do what is known as a "pre-purchase" inspection. This will include checking the basics such as the fluids (coolant, oil, transmission, washer fluid, and brake fluid), checking the condition of...

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...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...