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Old 02 Jan 2012, 08:27 pm
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Default Noticed a leak from under the car today

Hi, guys. A Happy New Year to all.
I had off from work today, and decided to get my oil changed. While the PT was up on the lift, I noticed a wet spot on the drivers side of the front sway bar, right where it takes a turn before going thru the bushing and frame bracket. The only reason I noticed it is because I've always looked underneath when I've gotten oil changes since we got the car, and it's always been bone dry.

This appears to be kind of clear in color. I didn't have a flashlight on me, and the station's drop lamp didn't have a working light bulb in it. Does this sound like it could be antifreeze, perhaps from a head gasket that has just started to leak? I'm positive this leak wasn't there when I got my oil changed the last time.The vehicle has never run above the half-way point on the temp gauge the whole time that I've owned it. I am going to have the passenger side front wheel bearing replaced next week, and will have them (another shop) put it up on the lift and take a closer look to see if they can tell where it's coming from. Any thoughts?

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Old 02 Jan 2012, 09:48 pm
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The fact that it appears clear in color...hopefully could be just water from rain, car wash, melting snow/ice that dripped and ran down there.
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Old 02 Jan 2012, 09:57 pm
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Unfortunately, we have been having really dry weather the past few days, with no snow or anything else on the ground. I got a little bit of it on the tip of my finger, and it felt kind of oily or slick. I'm really,really hoping it doesn't have anything to do with a bad head gasket.
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Old 03 Jan 2012, 07:01 am
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Antifreeze should be pinkish/orange if the right stuff was used, green if not. Head gasket shouldn't make it drip, trans fluid is bright pick. If the drip/puddle is anywhere around the passenger front wheel, what you have is condensation from the air-conditioning system. Even in winter, if you use the defrost cycle, the compressor comes on to give you dryer air to clear the windshield. This causes condensation to forum and there's a built in rubber hose that runs down the back of the engine around the passenger wheel to get rid of the excess condensation. BUT, if it feels oily, that's something different and I'm not sure what it could be.
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Old 03 Jan 2012, 12:36 pm
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head gaskets usally do not leak to the outside yes they can btu its not normal that way
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