HELP! Clear fluid leaking from the front of the car! - Club Lexus Forums

Log In 

HELP! Clear fluid leaking from the front of the car!

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-07-06, 07:22 AM   #1
kino1161OL
Rookie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: VA
Posts: 83
Default HELP! Clear fluid leaking from the front of the car!

I have a clear fluid (almost like a clear oil) leaking from the front of the car. What could it be? It is towards the front of the car towards the front bumper. I also have a small whining noise coming from the front, driver's side of the engine. The car doesn't seem to drive any different. Please HELP! If you know what it is, how can I fix it? I have a 1996 GS. Thanks!

Last edited by kino1161OL; 11-07-06 at 10:39 AM.
kino1161OL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-06, 10:42 AM   #2
Pianoman72
Lexus Test Driver
 
Pianoman72's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,497
Default

Check your power steering fliud. THere should be fluid all the way up to the rim. If it is low, get your power steering system flushed and refilled and see if the leak continues.
Pianoman72 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-06, 11:15 AM   #3
kino1161OL
Rookie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: VA
Posts: 83
Default

Checking the power steering fluid is in reference to what? The whining noise or the leaking clear fluid? Thanks. Pianoman!
kino1161OL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-06, 12:21 PM   #4
ricomr
Rookie
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Ga
Posts: 76
Default

The clear fluid could be both - power steering fluid, and as such, being low and causing that whining noise you're hearing.
ricomr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-06, 08:20 AM   #5
Epik
Lexus Champion
iTrader: (7)
 
Epik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 1,635
Default

P/S fluid is generally red. I would check the fittings and casing on the AC compressor. Sounds like the compressor PAG oil to me.
Epik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-06, 08:31 AM   #6
kino1161OL
Rookie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: VA
Posts: 83
Default

Epik,
Would the compressor still leak oil even if I am not using the A/C? Is that compressor oil clear? If it still can be the compressor, where is it located? Thanks!
kino1161OL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-06, 09:29 AM   #7
Epik
Lexus Champion
iTrader: (7)
 
Epik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 1,635
Default

front drivers side of the motor, on the bottom. it is on the side of the motor and mounted beneath the ps pump. look at your battery, then look down.

ac may/may not work if it is leaking. the screeching may be the pulley on the ac or it's clutch if it is the compressor oil.

if it IS the compressor.. i have several used ones.
Epik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-06, 09:37 AM   #8
kino1161OL
Rookie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: VA
Posts: 83
Default

So, whether I am using the A/C or not (and I am not) the compressor can still leak and make noise (the screeching)??
kino1161OL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-06, 11:18 AM   #9
Epik
Lexus Champion
iTrader: (7)
 
Epik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 1,635
Default

yes, b/c the system is always pressured with the freon and oil. it is only when you turn on the a/c that it engages a clutch on the pulley and pushes the freon around and thru the system. the pulley itself on th pump is always turning though.. it is on the main accessory belt that runs everything else.. water pump, alternator, p/s.
Epik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-06, 11:26 AM   #10
kino1161OL
Rookie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: VA
Posts: 83
Default

Epik, you are really helping me a lot! Thanks! So, being that I have this leak of clear fluid under my car AND the screeching noise coming from the belts, it may more than likely be my compressor and the only clear fluid up there is the compressor oil, correct? Can I just reach down there and feel down there to see if the compressor is, in fact, leaking?

If it turns out to be my compressor, I may take you up on that offer you stated earlier!
kino1161OL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-06, 12:08 PM   #11
Kaiser
Lexus Champion
 
Kaiser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Arizona
Posts: 1,830
Default

Are you sure there is no pink tint to that fluid? The power steering is much more likely.
Kaiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-06, 03:24 PM   #12
kino1161OL
Rookie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: VA
Posts: 83
Default

Kaiser,
It is not power steering. The fluid is clear like water (but oily).

Epik,
If the compressor totally goes or all the oil leaks out, will I still be able to drive my car? I turned my A/C on tonight to see if it still works and gets cold and it does! I also checked to see where the leak was coming from and I really couldn't see where the leak was coming from but I could see the oily residue on the splash guard under the radiator from inside the engine bay, if that means anything. Is the compressor replacement a hard job? Will changing my compressor stop the screeching noise, too?
kino1161OL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-06, 08:19 PM   #13
Epik
Lexus Champion
iTrader: (7)
 
Epik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 1,635
Default

check also to make sure that your radiator does not have a leak. the coolant could appear to be clear in small enough of a quantity, and would feel slightly greasy. maybe a stress crack or something.

the a/c could still work. it is unlikely, but maybe you have a crack in compressor housing. just feel under the compressor and see if it is covered or dripping.

glad i can help.
Epik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-06, 08:50 AM   #14
kino1161OL
Rookie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: VA
Posts: 83
Default

Thanks, everyone!
kino1161OL is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fluid Leaking. UCLAJimmy GS - 4th Gen (2013-present) 17 01-16-15 08:05 PM
Help me identify this fluid leak maximizese Hybrid Technology 4 01-14-14 11:29 AM
Power Steering Fluid Leak? rfcbuf RX - 2nd Gen (2004-2009) 13 11-29-12 09:39 PM
Which seal is bad on my 98 es300 (62k miles)? 770keith ES - 1st to 4th Gen (1990-2006) 15 10-17-11 01:24 PM
red fluid leaking scottinky SC- 1st Gen (1992-2000) 22 02-04-11 01:11 PM


Tags
car, clear, drive, engine, fluid, front, leak, leaking, lexus, oily, passenger, pink, power, side, slightly, steering, whining

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:24 AM.


Copyright © 2000-2016 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved