How do you know if you have an oil leak?


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Having a puddle or a wet spot under a vehicle is a sign that the car has a leakage. Finding out whether the fluid is oil involves smelling and noting the color of the fluid.

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If a puddle or traces of blackish fluid are found underneath a vehicle, touching and smelling the fluid helps in identifying what it is. Engine oil is usually brown or amber, has a slippery feel when rubbed between the fingers and has a distinctive gassy smell. It also soaks into concrete slowly and leaves a dark residue behind.

If in doubt, remove the dipstick from the engine and compare the fluid on the ground with what is on the dipstick. If they match, it���s possible that the engine oil is leaking. An oil leak can also smell before it is serious enough to leak onto the driveway.

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