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Old 05-15-2011, 08:18 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Today for the first time, I noticed a dark leak spot in my garage. It would seem to be coming from the middle area of my car--NOT under the hood...the middle middle. I didn't know anything could leak from there...anyone know what it could be? It's about 8 or 9 inches in diameter, but I've never seen it before. Hmm...

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Old 05-15-2011, 08:21 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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Probably a leaking pan or valve cover gasket. What is the vehicle? Best thing to do is take paper towel, dab it in the liquid and take a look/smell.
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Mass
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What color is the fluid?
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:26 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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It's a 99 Honda Civic. It's hard to tell the color because my garage floor is rather dirty and it's dissolved into the cement, so it's impossible to smell. What kind of fluid would it be if it were coming from the middle of the car? I'm going to leave a pan with paper towels under it tonight and see if anything happens.

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Old 05-15-2011, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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I guess it could be anything. While driving, a leak of almost any fluid may have blown back to the mid section of the car to where it's now dripping. It could be something like just plain water (lotta rain lately) or brake fluid - or gas. (which would be very easy to detect)
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:11 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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It did rain this morning, but my car was parked in the garage, and I found the spot a few hours later. I would think it would have dried? But let's hope
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:16 PM
 
Location: North Pole Alaska
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Water from the muffler.
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:22 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Water from the muffler.
This might be a dumb question but...would this be a problem or no big deal?
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:40 PM
 
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This might be a dumb question but...would this be a problem or no big deal?
Mufflers collect condensation and they must have drain holes for it to drain out or the muffler will rust out very quickly. The OP needs to put a section of cardboard under the car to help identify the liquid or he could just jack the car up and go under it with a flash light and try to see the cause for the leak..
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:52 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Mufflers collect condensation and they must have drain holes for it to drain out or the muffler will rust out very quickly. The OP needs to put a section of cardboard under the car to help identify the liquid or he could just jack the car up and go under it with a flash light and try to see the cause for the leak..

Heh, what you don't know is that I'm a girl and there's no way I'm jacking up my car on my own. But, I did put something under it, so I'll be checking it in the morning. This probably doesn't matter, but for the record, I had my muffler replaced less than 4 months ago.
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