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Faint pink fluid leak from off center front right end of car

Leaks even when car is cold and off

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  • emc669 May 26, 2009

    I have located the leak...right below the radiator. I put down a pan to catch the leaking fluid and the fluid color is pink tinged with the bright yellow-green, the color of the coolant. Would a radiator sealent do more damage than good????

  • emc669 May 27, 2009

    Thank you so much for the suggestions. Went to a mechanic and two other shops who touched and smelled the leaking fluid sample I had collected and came to the same conclusion... apparently the faint pink fluid is actually coolant from the dealership that has mixed with the yellow-green coolant that I have been adding to the reservoir. I had an oil change (long over due) and flush just done and while the car was lifted the technicians noticed that the slow leak below the radiator was coming from a loose part. They simply tightened the part and so far no leak at all under the radiator, though I have continued to monitor with a pan. So far, so good...



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Sounds like transmission fluid getting into your radiator. A leak in the transmission cooler.

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  • lenscap3 May 26, 2009

    unfortunately this work needs to be done by a mechanic. It sounds like you need a new radiator. You might try some transmission leak stop that you can get from the auto parts store but if this works it will only by temporary. I recommend you take it to a mechanic. Your leak sounds to be coming from the transmission lines that go through the radiator to keep the transmission cool. It also sounds like your radiator is leaking. Changing out a radiator is not that hard just be careful when taking off the lines. You can get an after market radiator farely reasonable. Factory is ususally expensive. Hope this helps. I'm no mechanic but have had to change my radiator before and I have had you same problem as you are.


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May have a bad gasket on transmission and you need to get a new radiator

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