Fluid Leaks

Sweating, Seeping and Leaking. When to Worry About Fluid Loss.

Advice

By: Sheri Edgecomb

What is the difference between sweating, seeping and leaking?

If at any point during servicing your car we find evidence of fluid loss we feel it is our responsibility to let you, the owner, know. However, it is important to be aware that not all leaks are created equal.

The term “sweating” refers to the smallest detectable level of loss. Rarely does this indicate the need for repair. If you hear this word, it probably just means that we want you to know that we see something that may progress.

“Seeping” is the next step up. When a fluid is seeping it is readily detectable, but may not indicate a measurable loss of fluid. Many manufacturers do not even cover seeping fluids, as it is typically very minor.

“Leaking” indicates that there is a significant quantity of fluid present. Because fluid may blow back under the car when driving, you may not even see it dripping after parking. However, there may be a measurable loss happening. It is very difficult to tell by visual inspection the quantity of fluid that is being lost. If you are not able to repair any fluid leak right away, be sure to monitor the level and keep enough fluid in the car to avoid damage to other components.

If you know, or suspect, that your car is losing fluid, don’t hesitate to call and make an appointment or stop by so we can check the level for you.

If you know, or suspect, that your car is losing fluid, don’t hesitate to call and make an appointment or stop by so we can check the level for you.