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Old October 7th, 2013, 08:14 PM
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Need help identifying a leak.....

For the last two days, I've noticed a lot of "oily" yellow fluid dripping from underneath just about four inches from the inside of the right front tire. No foul smell and fluid has an oily feel to touch. Significant amount of fluid so just wondering if it's OK to drive an hour to Rover mechanic or may I do damage driving this far with the leak I've described?
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Old October 7th, 2013, 08:24 PM
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For the last two days, I've noticed a lot of "oily" yellow fluid dripping from underneath just about four inches from the inside of the right front tire. No foul smell and fluid has an oily feel to touch. Significant amount of fluid so just wondering if it's OK to drive an hour to Rover mechanic or may I do damage driving this far with the leak I've described?
Really need to know what engine you have and if you are right or left hand drive to help
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Old October 7th, 2013, 08:26 PM
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Really need to know what engine you have and if you are right or left hand drive to help
Its probably a NAS D90...
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Old October 7th, 2013, 08:27 PM
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Not sure the difference between a RHD ROW truck and NAS but that's where mine leaks its power steering fluid
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Old October 7th, 2013, 08:29 PM
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If it is a NAS truck its probably just has an infection in the stub axle
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Old October 7th, 2013, 08:34 PM
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It's a '97 NAS D90. My main concern is whether it can be driven for an hour to the shop without damage?
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Old October 7th, 2013, 08:40 PM
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It's a '97 NAS D90. My main concern is whether it can be driven for an hour to the shop without damage?
It depends on what is leaking. Its probably engine oil which is easy enough to check, or a leak from the axle. Have you had your oil changed lately? It could just be a loose oil filter.
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Old October 7th, 2013, 08:46 PM
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I haven't change oil lately. I bought the truck about a year ago - oil was changed just before I bought it and approximately 2-3K miles ago. Dip stick reads full. Just the other day, I was commenting how dry this truck is underneath. I cursed myself by speaking too soon.
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Old October 7th, 2013, 08:47 PM
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I haven't change oil lately. I bought the truck about a year ago - oil was changed just before I bought it and approximately 2-3K miles ago. Dip stick reads full. Just the other day, I was commenting how dry this truck is underneath. I cursed myself by speaking too soon.
Its probably your front axle leaking somewhere then. Depending on how much it is leak you'll probably be fine.
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Old October 7th, 2013, 11:33 PM
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Brad throw up a couple of photos of the problem...
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Old October 8th, 2013, 07:33 AM
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I cleaned up the leak last night. There was a lot of fluid puddled a few inches inside the front right wheel of the vehicle, flowing down the grade of the garage floor (so the fluid was relatively low viscosity, like oil). I have not driven the truck since last night. I shot some iphone pics this morning and there is only a very small spot on the floor so it leaks much more after driving. The only "wet" spot below the vehicle is pictured below. Also, the spot on the ground is forward of the front passenger wheel today. It must have been leaking much heavier yesterday so that it was hitting the ground and then splashing back toward the tire. Any help?
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Old October 8th, 2013, 07:45 AM
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Power steering fluid? Can't think of anything else that far forward.
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Old October 8th, 2013, 08:01 AM
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Looks like antifreeze to me. I cant think of anything else that splatters like that when it drips.
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Old October 8th, 2013, 08:20 AM
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yeah those photos don't say much...can you tell where it might be coming from? don't clean it then take photos...also of where its pooling on the ground.
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Looks like coolant to me as well.

Does it smell sweet?
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Old October 8th, 2013, 09:23 AM
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No smell at all. Definitely an oily consistency. No overheating and engine temp is OK.
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Old October 8th, 2013, 09:35 AM
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what does it taste like on a cracker? lol...
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Old October 8th, 2013, 09:38 AM
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could be a small leak in one of your coolant hoses. Cant imagine what else would be that color. If you have pets keep them out of the garage, cats love antifreeze, but it kills them
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Old October 8th, 2013, 09:43 AM
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That's coolant. Look upstream - around the radiator and then follow the hoses coming from it. There is a larger hose coming out of the bottom of the radiator on the passenger side, which has a smaller tube coming off of it going to the reservoir (also on the passenger side). You should be able to trace the leak uphill to the source. If it's too messy, wash off the area, let it dry, then go for a test drive checking periodically and you will find the leak.

Until you know what's leaking it's hard to tell if a hour long drive would be a problem or not.
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Old October 8th, 2013, 10:35 AM
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Dexcool, what color is the radiator fluid?
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