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Old 02-01-2013, 11:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Very Odd Fluid Color?

I am a long time lurker but had to make an account, on my way out this morning I noticed the mdx had a leak underneath it, (its usually oil from the main rear gasket) but then I also noticed the odd sandy yellow color. Anyone have any idea what its leaking? (power steering fluid?) Otherwise the mdx has been in my family since 2001 with only major issue being the transmission rebuild, its not used often anymore but its a great car to move stuff/foodshop/in the snow for us.

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To me, it looks like oil that has mixed with water. If you have a pre-existing oil leak, maybe you also have a head gasket issue that's causing the coolant to mix with the oil and then leaking from the same area as before. Check the color of the oil by pulling the dip stick or even the oil fill cap. Have you looked to see where this new leak was coming from?
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not much to go on. What's it taste like? If you wipe it up does it return?
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Looks like the dog had an accident under your mdx...

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Old 02-01-2013, 12:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Looks like oil with coolant? Not a good sign.
See if there is any of this inside your radiator.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'll take a look tomorrow morning but after hearing your ideas i did some googling and it does look like coolant/transmission fluid mixing due to radiator failure
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Ouch! Better to find it now than out on the road!
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Inspect your AT fluid. It should be obvious if you have water contamination. Recommend not to drive until fixed if water is in AT.

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