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madonthemike 01-28-2013 08:01 PM

Mystery Fluid?
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So the other day i started noticing a two small patches of fluid leaks. Viewing the vehicle from the front (this will be my reference view) the leaks are about 6 to 8" from the front bumper - , the leaks can be seen without having to crouch.

I then placed two pieces of paper to get an idea of the colour and then determine the type of fluid that was leaking, The pages were placed just infront of the middle line of the front wheels.

The paper on the right (slightly towards driver side) had red fluid - which i can only assume is power steering fluid. I hope its something small like a hose or something. Will get it checked out. While im still on ps fluid - what brand should i get to top up? Is it only available at dealer?

The paper on the left (slightly towards the passenger side) was brown - i initially thought it was oil, but it seemed too watery - and had no real smell. I thought brake fluid, but the brake fluid levels havent dropped. Same thing with the coolant level - hasnt dropped. The only remaining fluid i could think of was transmission fluid? I initially dismissed this - because the location of the leak relative to the actual gearbox.

Only thing im sure of is that the fluid leak is from the engine compartment and falls down onto the splash guard and trickles through one of the holes. No visible leaks can be seen from the engine compartment.

I doubt its dirt mixed with a clear fluid

Any ideas?

I want to remove the splash guard to take a better look, what tools do i need for that?

Whoops : sorry for the big pics.

jabela 01-29-2013 10:50 AM

The first brown one looks like engine oil. Common leaks are the oil filter cap, or the oil filter housing to engine block mount.
The second reddish one looks like power steering fluid. Common leaks are through the breather hole in the cap when over filled, or a bad cap seal. I replaced my whole power steering reservoir (with build in filter) recently and I have no more leaks.

Taking of your splash guard is easy. Just a phillips screw driver will do (or maybe a hex socket.. I forget)

BmW1819 01-29-2013 09:13 PM

Engine oil and ps fuild

royst 01-31-2013 02:06 PM

I had my Power steering go over xmas. The only place I could find PS Fluid was at the dealer. Cost around $25 for the bottle if I recall correctly. Tried NAPA and CT with no luck.

Hope this helps.

jabela 01-31-2013 02:21 PM

Any good PS fluid (Dextron III ATF) will do. I used Mobil 1 synthetic power steering fluid.

madonthemike 02-01-2013 10:12 PM

Thanks guys, gonna get car checked out.

@Jabela - is that available at crappy tire?

jabela 02-02-2013 04:02 PM

I think you need just over one bottle, but it depends on what you do. The quickest thing is to suck out what you can from the reservoir, then fill it with new stuff. You could even do that a couple times.
The best is to replace the reservoir/filter. It's not expensive, and pretty easy to do yourself. Shouldn't be much at a shop if you go that route.

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