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      07-01-2012, 01:58 PM   #1
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What could this leak be?

I'm thinking transmission fluid.. I got a HUGE nail in my tire, and when i was refilling it, I drove the car back in my garage and found a huge puddle. Put it on race ramps and its just pouring out fluid. Picture:
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      07-01-2012, 02:03 PM   #2
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Definitly tranny fluid...its red

Get that check ASAP b4 you fry your trans
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      07-01-2012, 02:10 PM   #3
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God.. What could've caused it? This makes me wonder.. Sometimes when I'm in M mode with Power on, EDC on, and MDM on, when I pull off from a light at normal speeds the RPMS surge and the car bucks forward a bit. Like theyll go to 3k RPM, 2k, 3k, 2k, then I have to let up on the gas to get it normal again.

Should I get it towed, or fill it and drive it? I bought this damn thing 2 and a half weeks ago
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      07-01-2012, 02:16 PM   #4
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sorry about your luck, hope you fix everything.
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Of course its sunday and the service department is closed. I dont even want to move it off the race ramps with whatever is going on with the transmission
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It could be something simple like a trans cooler hose..but definitly avoid driving it like this..
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It smells and tastes just like water.. looks like water too.
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It smells and tastes just like water.. looks like water too.
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If you just touch it with your finger and put your finger to your tongue you can tell what it tastes like, it isnt bad for you to just get the flavor. Helps figure out what it is.
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If you just touch it with your finger and put your finger to your tongue you can tell what it tastes like, it isnt bad for you to just get the flavor. Helps figure out what it is.
Dude..you can tell by looking at the color..dont ingest any car fluids..
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I'm thinking its either antifreeze or trans fluid.. Sucks.
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      07-01-2012, 02:36 PM   #12
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I'm thinking its either antifreeze or trans fluid.. Sucks.
Now that I think about it may be...anti-freeze ethylene glycol (i have heard ) is sweet tasting like sugar..thats why they say alway clean up antifreeze on the ground cause pets can eat it and die.
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Now that I think about it may be...anti-freeze ethylene glycol (i have heard ) is sweet tasting like sugar..thats why they say alway clean up antifreeze on the ground cause pets can eat it and die.
BMW Coolant is Blue; OP are you sure it wasn't water from the AC mixing w/ something else. You would know if it was trans fluid right away
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Well Trans fluid is USUALLY red, and this wasnt red. If the coolant is blue, it wasnt blue. I'm judging this based on looking at it on my gray garage floor, so unless its a strong color I might not even notice it has color.

I've never had the car leak anything untill a nail is conveniently in the tire, and it was a consistent drip from the transmission.. Maybe I kicked up some nasty stuff from a construction zone and it damaged something? It smells like very pure water. Like that kind of stuff you use to fill a humidifer or something. The strange thing is. It didnt start leaking till I backed the car up today to look for what was in the tire

Just got Tire Kingdom to order a $400 dollar rear tire..

EDIT: leaking has stopped. would my car tell me anything if it was a certain fluid? Right now all it says is RIGHT TIRE LOW.

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It smells and tastes just like water.. looks like water too.
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Any other ideas? Think I should drive or tow it..?
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Get it towed to be safe. Good luck
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With most of these threads it ends up being water from the AC. Were you using the AC when/before it was leaking? If you can't tell what color it is maybe you should pick some up with a white piece of paper.

It might be best to just tow it to the dealer of your not sure.
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Well, the AC is always on. Does it seriously do this? The AC just spits water out of the bottom of the car?
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Well, the AC is always on. Does it seriously do this? The AC just spits water out of the bottom of the car?
Yes. Run the car with the ac on for some time and see if the water came from the same place and if it looked the same. Just my 2 cents
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Alright ill let it idle for 5 or 10 mins and report back
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