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Old 02-25-2011, 10:17 PM   #1
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So I left work today and as I backed out I noticed two bright yellowish green fluid spots in the snow.

They were located along the exhaust piping

so I figured it was anti freeze.... No biggie, checked it when I got home, and it was a little low, so I topped it off. Then I headed out to dinner...

So in the middle of dinner my dad called telling Me to check my fluid before I leave cause there was a trail of discolored fluid in the driveway

So I checked my reservoir... It had settled a little.. Backed my car up but didn't see any fluid on the ground

Drove her home, but didn't notice anything out of the ordinary.

Any suggestions of what to look for?

Thanks for any help
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:17 PM   #2
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Brake fluid?


What do you mean by "along the exhaust piping"?
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:29 PM   #3
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i would think brake fluid if it's a yellowish color, but what you could do it let it sit a while on a flat floor, (garage) and jack the car up to see exactly where it's coming from. If then you still have no idea, refer back to us but i bet you can handle it at that point.
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:40 AM   #4
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A cat peed next to the exhaust as it was warm there?
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:05 AM   #5
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Brake fluid?

What do you mean by "along the exhaust piping"?

the spots were located roughly perpendicular underneath where the piping runs for my exhaust.... If I'm making any sense

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A cat peed next to the exhaust as it was warm there?
Lol it looked like it for a second
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:08 AM   #6
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i would think brake fluid if it's a yellowish color, but what you could do it let it sit a while on a flat floor, (garage) and jack the car up to see exactly where it's coming from. If then you still have no idea, refer back to us but i bet you can handle it at that point.
good luck!
Lol I parked where there is snow cover on my driveway when I got home so I will be able to see where the fluid is coming from....
Ill prolly take it to the stealership as it is still under warranty. And see if they'd be able to find it (but that's my last resort)
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:06 PM   #7
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doesn't seem to be anything leaking in the snow and all fluids check out

t hanks for the help guys! much appreciated
ill keep an eye on things over the next week or so
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:56 PM   #8
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The location of the drip can be deceiving. There are lots of places under the car that something can leak from, collect somewhere else, then drip from there. The cross-member for the transmission is a common low-point that fluid can leak on top of, then it can run over and drip in a place that isn't near the actual leak.

Best thing to do is crawl under with a light (and possibly a mirror) to try to find exactly where the leak is coming from. Header leaks can look like this, power steering fluid, plumbing from the radiator or heater core, etc.

Good luck, and hope everything works out for you
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:00 PM   #9
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THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME!! I called the dealership and even though its under warranty they want to charge a $90/hr rate to see whats up -_- I also topped my antifreeze off as it was low and I have cardboard sitting under my car now but no leaks as of yet. Some one help us! Im confused as mine was in the back too!
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:42 PM   #10
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this is really strange. Same thing happened to me this weekend.

Sun spots? Planets aligning? Subaru conspiracy? haha

I have an appointment on Thursday
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:05 PM   #11
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Collect a sample of it!
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:23 PM   #12
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I have the same problem on my L. Looked as if it were coming from the PS lines, but the two fluids are very different colors, completely soaked my passenger's side suspension components, but there are no symptoms in the cars performance so I have no idea what the hell it is.
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:48 PM   #13
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THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME!! I called the dealership and even though its under warranty they want to charge a $90/hr rate to see whats up -_- I also topped my antifreeze off as it was low and I have cardboard sitting under my car now but no leaks as of yet. Some one help us! Im confused as mine was in the back too!
stealership doesnt know what a warrenty is?! WTF... take it in, if they try yo charge you, get hold of SoA
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This also has happend to me and I can't figure it out, 06 2.5i. I whipped the car around in the snow so the back tires were spinning and then once I got out I noticed a few green drops in the snow. Can't figure out where it came from. It doesn't continue to leak but shows up whenever I lose traction and the tires are spinning. Any ideas? The only green fluids I'm guessing it could be are coolant or perhaps freon? But why doesn't it continue to drip out? I'm stumped
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:40 PM   #15
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I have the same problem on my L. Looked as if it were coming from the PS lines, but the two fluids are very different colors, completely soaked my passenger's side suspension components, but there are no symptoms in the cars performance so I have no idea what the hell it is.
This sounds like a blown out strut. The seals go bad and the pressurized oil inside can leak.


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This also has happend to me and I can't figure it out, 06 2.5i. I whipped the car around in the snow so the back tires were spinning and then once I got out I noticed a few green drops in the snow. Can't figure out where it came from. It doesn't continue to leak but shows up whenever I lose traction and the tires are spinning. Any ideas? The only green fluids I'm guessing it could be are coolant or perhaps freon? But why doesn't it continue to drip out? I'm stumped

This sounds like a torn CV boot. CV grease is green and too thick to drip on its own. Spinning a tire at high velocity can throw the grease out of the boot if it's got a hole or tear in it.
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freon...if it leaks, it leaks quickly, would about all be gone in the span of a day...and when it escapes, it's mostly a gas, but would leave a residue at the leak site.

so, its not freon...and its called R134a, and AC pump oil is clear
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freon...if it leaks, it leaks quickly, would about all be gone in the span of a day...and when it escapes, it's mostly a gas, but would leave a residue at the leak site.

so, its not freon...and its called R134a, and AC pump oil is clear
Who are you responding to?

A/C systems can have slow leaks. PAG oil is clear though some manufacturers put in a green UV dye to aid in finding leaks. Shops will also do this if the car has A/C work done.
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This sounds like a torn CV boot. CV grease is green and too thick to drip on its own. Spinning a tire at high velocity can throw the grease out of the boot if it's got a hole or tear in it.
^this Guy

That has to be it cus I was burning rubber trying to get out of the snow
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Who are you responding to?

A/C systems can have slow leaks. PAG oil is clear though some manufacturers put in a green UV dye to aid in finding leaks. Shops will also do this if the car has A/C work done.
+++++ I had the same thing happen, It was the ac pump leaking. ****ty deal but thats the prob.
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THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME!! I called the dealership and even though its under warranty they want to charge a $90/hr rate to see whats up -_- I also topped my antifreeze off as it was low and I have cardboard sitting under my car now but no leaks as of yet. Some one help us! Im confused as mine was in the back too!
I used to hear this all the time from customers when I worked at SOA. What the dealer is actually (poorly) trying to say is that if they should inspect your vehicle and fnid an issue that is not covered under warranty, I.E. abuse, neglect, lack of maintnenace, mods, etc. you will be responsible for the diagnostic charges per hour of their time.

They will NOT charge you $90 just to look at it. If it is a warranty issue, the diagnostic charge will also be covered, as well as the parts/labor.
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