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1998 Chevy Cavalier that is leaking a clearish fluid on the driver's side from under the engine. Is it brake fluid or power sterring fluid? It is in the general area of the left tire.

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If you're not squeamish you can always "taste" it lol, but i wouldn't recomend it.

Soaking up the fluid with a WHITE napkin will show you its true color and help you identify the fluid much easier.

Exactly where it's leaking from can be misleading. Often times dripping fluids will flow down hoses, engine casing, and other parts and simply drip where they reach the lowest point along the way. So don't rely just on that. Grab a flashlight and take a overhead and under the car look to see if you can spot where the fluid is originating from.

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Could be brake fluid being that its coming from this area brake line is leaking

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