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What could this water leak be under my car?

What you are more than likely seeing is condensation from your A/C unit. The drain for these are usually located on the passenger side of the car about where the firewall is at (just behind the engine)...
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Losing coolant fast after just fixing radiator

They may not have bled your cooling system properly As a possibility, if you had air trapped in your cooling system it would expand as the engine approached operating temperature. It would ...
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2004 Taurus - Help Identifying the leaking component

The left descending pipe is (or comes from) the exhaust manifold, and ends in a two-bolt flange. The flange bolts to a matching flange on the front end of the exhaust pipe, which runs aft from the ...
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How to test for a leak in the exhaust manifold gasket?

Seeing as how your car has a turbo, the only place it would be leaking and you'd hear a ticking noise is pre-turbo, so the exhaust manifold at the head (header) and the down pipe on the hot side to ...
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2007 Subaru Outback 'Leak' ... what is it?

The oil seen is from the block to cylinder head gasket seam. This is a nearly universal problem on Subaru 4 cylinder engines from the late 1990s well into the 2000's. The average mileage that this is ...
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Coolant/antifreeze leaking out of engine block (See photo/video)

I appears to be coming from the front and the center of the engine. I could be a hose near the water pump. The water pump itself may have failed. Most water pumps have a weep hole that drips when the ...
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Is it OK to not fix a power steering rack leak?

I would never ignore a worn tie rod; you could be driving down the road, hit a serious bump, and suddenly lose your ability to steer in a straight line, or worse. If you have the the tie rod replaced, ...
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Paying a mechanic to replace a blown engine for a used one - should he be responsible for changing gaskets?

It depends on whether you are paying him to rebuild the replacement engine, or to just fit it as it is...
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15 ppm of CO levels inside car

This NIH (National Institutes of Health) Study monitoring CO inside the cabin of a vehicle during commutes over an extended period has some pretty interesting data. From the study the mean CO ...
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Bad pitting on carburetor causing small fuel leak

JB Weld is gasoline resistant. I would disassemble the carburetor and inspect suspicious cracked components prior to applying any epoxy to the surfaces. Ensure components are absolutely clean ...
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Diagnosis of slow brake leak

The easiest way is to check is to jack the wheel up (put it on a jackstand), take the wheel off, clean off the affected areas with brake cleaner, then have a second person push on the brake pedal hard ...
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How do brake lines connect to their respective fittings?

Getting them to break loose is the biggest challenge. I use a good penetrate, soak them several times over 3-4 days, use high quality brake line wrenches to turn the nuts to prevent rounding the ...
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Troubleshooting fluid leakage onto the engine area?

While this is an educated guess, I'd put money on the fact this is oil coming from the oil filler cap. It appears the cap isn't sealing completely, or possibly the cap isn't screwed on tight enough. ...
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Damp leaking cabin, tips to trace leak and advice to dry it out

There are several places water can get into the cabin of a car, some of the more typical are: Through tired door and window seals. Through drain holes in the floor. Condensation from your breath and/...
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Radiator leak 92 subaru, repairs possible or replace?

Radiators are pretty simple to replace. If you've never done it before, look at some youtube videos, and set aside about 4 hours for it (90 minutes, if you're handy with a spanner). Repairs on ...
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Corolla - Coolant leaking from timing chain cover

I think you need to reseal the timing cover I found several images uploaded in a ZIP by an enterprising Corolla owner. Here's an image showing the O-ring you replaced next to the water pump/pulley ...
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Wet passenger floor in parked Mercury Milan after a rain

I can't say for sure about this vehicle but I've had the problem in the past where there is a small tube that connects to the sunroof drain (usually one in each corner) and this either deteriorates or ...
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What is the proper way to install a hose clamp?

When you install a hose clamp there are a few concerns to ensure it doesn’t leak. First of all, ensure the hose is in good shape on the inside and the outside. If it is cracking anywhere around there, ...
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Leaking gas tank from rust - needs sealed. What materials should I use and how should I do it?

If you have no money, the simplest way to get it fixed is to use a stainless metal screw (or galvanized if you cannot find stainless). Simply screw it into where the hole is at. When you insert the ...
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Damp leaking cabin, tips to trace leak and advice to dry it out

Nick C pointed some good things to look but forgave one important thing in my opinion. First let me ask you a question : Do you have many trees near your house/where you park your car or near the ...
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Coolant pouring out from under 1998 GMC Yukon as fast as i put in

There are three places I can think the water would be flowing out of from the back area of the engine. The engine in your Yukon should be the GenI Small Block Chevrolet (SBC) engine (I believe they ...
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Water leaking through visor area into interior

This solution applied to my '82 Oldsmobile back in the day. I suspect you might have a similar situation. The windshield on that car was actually glued onto the front of the frame with a black ...
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Leaking gas tank due to road damage. Is repair in-place an option?

Long story short, yes it is an option. Whether or not it's a good one is another discussion. Good News: finding a replacement gas tank and having a competent mechanic replace it shouldn't cost ...
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The inner part of the left rear tire is covered with oil

There isn't an oil source that I can think of by the rear tires of a Mk4 Golf, as pointed out in the comments a brake fluid leak seems much more likely. Brake fluid is normally clear, but it could be ...
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07 Suzuki Boulevard S40 leaking gas

Sounds like the carburetor, float, and/or float valve may be dirty. NOTE: A service manual will be extremely helpful as you go thru this process. There is no reason to take this carburetor apart ...
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Possible fuel filler leak in F-150 truck

I'd suggest you're right in your diagnosis and, yes, it should be safe to drive on a minimal basis. The only issue you might see is a check engine light due to the tank not being sealed completely. ...
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Master cylinder leak

Teflon tape will not dissolve and should seal the plug, unless there is a larger issue with the plug itself or it's not seating correctly. It could also be, you just don't have the plug tight enough. ...
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Dripping water from under the water housing

If you're on a very tight budget & don't care about the car too much, and it's not a big leak, then some of the pour-in-the-radiator "leak stop" products might work quickly Something like this. ...
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Steering tight and orange fluid on ground after failure to start

You need to identify the source of the leak Clean everything in your driveway. Use Gunk, water soluble, or the like and get the Power Steering Fluid gone. Then: Allow everything to dry out. ...
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How bad is 30% cylinder leak?

"put my hand on the exhaust pipe and there was maybe a very low flow." You have found your problem, there should be 0 flow.
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