2003 camry fluid leak center rear

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Old 07 Feb 2010, 08:34 am   #1 (permalink)
don foster
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I am visiting a friend on the east coast and we are digging out of the
big snow that hit the mid-Atlantic states. (My car is not in a
garage.) As we cleaned part of the driveway, I got in my car without
cleaning it off to move it forward a bit. When I got out, I noticed a
yellow (with possibly a slight green tint) discoloration of the snow
that had packed under the center-rear of the car.

It wasn't much, but it is disconcerting. I scooped up some of the
discolored snow and it had no odor that I could smell. It came from
the area roughly centered between my back wheels. (I pulled forward,
so no part forward of the back end of my car was over this area.) It
didn't feel like oil, but my fingers were frozen at this point and I
couldn't really tell.

I use red Toyota antifreeze, so I don't think it could be that. Plus
that would be at the front (as would most of the usual suspects).
What could leak from the center rear area of an '03 Camry? (It's 4-
cylinder, FWIW.)

I don't want to drive it, even to a dealer/repair shop, if doing so
might cause more damage.

Does anyone have any ideas as to the source of the fluid?

TIA!


BTW, I hadn't cleaned off the car when I moved it the 12 feet or so,
so there was 24+ inches of snow on it at the time.

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Old 07 Feb 2010, 01:23 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Feb 7, 8:34*am, don foster <thecowabunga...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I am visiting a friend on the east coast and we are digging out of the
> big snow that hit the mid-Atlantic states. * (My car is not in a
> garage.) As we cleaned part of the driveway, I got in my car without
> cleaning it off to move it forward a bit. *When I got out, I noticed a
> yellow (with possibly a slight green tint) discoloration of the snow
> that had packed under the center-rear of the car.
>
> It wasn't much, but it is disconcerting. *I scooped up some of the
> discolored snow and it had no odor that I could smell. *It came from
> the area roughly centered between my back wheels. *(I pulled forward,
> so no part forward of the back end of my car was over this area.) *It
> didn't feel like oil, but my fingers were frozen at this point and I
> couldn't really tell.
>
> I use red Toyota antifreeze, so I don't think it could be that. *Plus
> that would be at the front (as would most of the usual suspects).
> What could leak from the center rear area of an '03 Camry? *(It's 4-
> cylinder, FWIW.)
>
> I don't want to drive it, even to a dealer/repair shop, if doing so
> might cause more damage.
>
> Does anyone have any ideas as to the source of the fluid?
>
> TIA!
>
> BTW, I hadn't cleaned off the car when I moved it the 12 feet or so,
> so there was 24+ inches of snow on it at the time.


Are you sure its your car, yellow green sounds like antifreeze. Is the
area under the rear seat, there is nothing yellow I can think of
anywhere if you have red antifreeze, a 7yr old car oils are well
darkened. Just check all the fluids, brake, power steering, trans but
its likely not yours
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Old 07 Feb 2010, 02:48 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On 2/7/2010 4:34 AM, don foster wrote:
> I am visiting a friend on the east coast and we are digging out of the
> big snow that hit the mid-Atlantic states. (My car is not in a
> garage.) As we cleaned part of the driveway, I got in my car without
> cleaning it off to move it forward a bit. When I got out, I noticed a
> yellow (with possibly a slight green tint) discoloration of the snow
> that had packed under the center-rear of the car.
>
> It wasn't much, but it is disconcerting. I scooped up some of the
> discolored snow and it had no odor that I could smell. It came from
> the area roughly centered between my back wheels. (I pulled forward,
> so no part forward of the back end of my car was over this area.) It
> didn't feel like oil, but my fingers were frozen at this point and I
> couldn't really tell.
>
> I use red Toyota antifreeze, so I don't think it could be that. Plus
> that would be at the front (as would most of the usual suspects).
> What could leak from the center rear area of an '03 Camry? (It's 4-
> cylinder, FWIW.)
>
> I don't want to drive it, even to a dealer/repair shop, if doing so
> might cause more damage.
>
> Does anyone have any ideas as to the source of the fluid?


My guess is that it would be from a penis of a human child or a dog. You
should have just left that stuff alone! OTOH, You could check the trunk
for spills although I'm not sure if there would be any leaking even if
you did find anything.

>
> TIA!
>
>
> BTW, I hadn't cleaned off the car when I moved it the 12 feet or so,
> so there was 24+ inches of snow on it at the time.
>


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Old 07 Feb 2010, 03:01 pm   #4 (permalink)
don foster
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Default Re: 2003 camry fluid leak center rear

Okay, thanks!

I checked my fluids and all seem to be at the appropriate levels.

I didn't consider human/pet contributions. Ah, well....
But I will check for something in the trunk that might be leaking. I
hadn't thought of that. Not sure how it would get out, but certainly
worth a look.

Thanks again!
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Old 08 Feb 2010, 04:10 am   #5 (permalink)
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On 2/7/2010 11:01 AM, don foster wrote:
> Okay, thanks!
>
> I checked my fluids and all seem to be at the appropriate levels.
>
> I didn't consider human/pet contributions. Ah, well....
> But I will check for something in the trunk that might be leaking. I
> hadn't thought of that. Not sure how it would get out, but certainly
> worth a look.


You might have a dog check it out. If he tries to pee on it, it's
probably doggie pee. If he tries to eat it, it's antifreeze. If he
sniffs it and moves on, some kid relieved himself using your car as
cover. ;-)

>
> Thanks again!


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Old 08 Feb 2010, 04:38 am   #6 (permalink)
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don foster wrote:
> I am visiting a friend on the east coast and we are digging out of the
> big snow that hit the mid-Atlantic states. (My car is not in a
> garage.) As we cleaned part of the driveway, I got in my car without
> cleaning it off to move it forward a bit. When I got out, I noticed a
> yellow (with possibly a slight green tint) discoloration of the snow
> that had packed under the center-rear of the car.
>
> It wasn't much, but it is disconcerting. I scooped up some of the
> discolored snow and it had no odor that I could smell. It came from
> the area roughly centered between my back wheels. (I pulled forward,
> so no part forward of the back end of my car was over this area.) It
> didn't feel like oil, but my fingers were frozen at this point and I
> couldn't really tell.
>
> I use red Toyota antifreeze, so I don't think it could be that. Plus
> that would be at the front (as would most of the usual suspects).
> What could leak from the center rear area of an '03 Camry? (It's 4-
> cylinder, FWIW.)
>
> I don't want to drive it, even to a dealer/repair shop, if doing so
> might cause more damage.
>
> Does anyone have any ideas as to the source of the fluid?
>
> TIA!
>
>
> BTW, I hadn't cleaned off the car when I moved it the 12 feet or so,
> so there was 24+ inches of snow on it at the time.
>



Odds are it's antifreeze from another car (but check yours just to
make sure it *really* has the red stuff in it) or possibly, windshield
washer fluid.
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