In some of the earlier blog posts, we’ve tackled the dangers of leakage, whether it be oil, gas or coolant mixture. A lot of drivers tend to dismiss the presence of unexplained spots in their usual parking spaces—whether it be in the office parking area or the driveway. While you can attribute the leakage in the parking area to someone else’s vehicle, if you find unexplainable spots in your own garage or driveway where you usually park, then there’s an incredibly high chance that your vehicle has sprung a leak somewhere—and this is something that you should NEVER ignore.
If your vehicle is no longer as new as you’d like it to be, then the chances of having leakage in your vehicle increases significantly. The following are some easy steps on how you can quickly and efficiently check your vehicle for leakage.
Step 1: Find a large piece of cloth or paper to put under the vehicle. Large amounts of newspaper, plain paper, cardboard or a large bath towel will do. Remember, the plainer the paper/cloth and the lighter the color, the better.
Step 2: Spread the paper/cloth evenly under the vehicle. This means cover the entire width of your car, from left to right, front to rear.
Step 3: Start your vehicle.
Step 4: Let the car engine run idle for approximately five minutes, but not any longer than that.
Step 5: Turn off the vehicle.
Step 6: Pull the paper/cloth out of your vehicle. Inspect the paper or large cloth for any signs of spots. A drip here and there may be okay, but if you find several drops or a puddle of fluid in a concentrated area, then you definitely have a nasty leak somewhere.
Step 7: Turn to your owner’s manual or a reference book that has your car’s make and model to find out which part of your car is leaking. After finding out the general location of the leakage, note down your findings and bring your car to a trusted garage mechanic for a full check-up as soon as possible.
You can also use your owner’s manual to find out which of your vehicle parts is in dire need of repair or replacing. If you need to find a replacement fuel tank, be sure to check for the right tank that meets your vehicle’s standards and specifications. You’ll find a number of replacement parts online, but I highly suggest that you choose the brand that meets or exceeds OEM standards.