It happens to us all: it’s a few hours after you’ve washed your vehicle and now your car is covered in water spots that make its beautiful finish look unattractive.
So how did this happen?
Water spots are the result of the minerals that are inside the water that is on the surface of your car.
These minerals can be abrasive and even acidic and can leave crater-like marks deep inside the top layer of your paint job, so anyone might ask how to get rid of water spots on car?
I love to keep my paint job in a tip-top shape, so after I wash, I tend to dry my car with a microfiber cloth that I keep in my trunk for just such a situation, but sometimes, I don’t have the time or I get the spots due to a recent rain shower.
Rain showers are pretty bad for this because rain can have more acids and minerals inside it than the water that you use to clean your car from the hose. So how do you get rid of water spots?Read More
You drive to the market to pick up something quickly, but when you back out of the parking spot, you notice a wet spot on the ground.
After a closer inspection, you realize that it is water leaking from the vehicle, not something more troublesome, but you still wonder "Why is my car leaking water?"
I have been in this scenario, and I was worried that the leak was a real issue. I created this guide so that you don't need to worry about your vehicle leaking water.
There is actually a rather simple explanation, so let's take a look.
When you notice a leak under your car, the first thing that you should do is confirm that it is indeed water that is leaking.
Check out these tips to help you determine what to do if the fluid is something other than water.
Typically, there are six different car types of fluids that can leak from your car. If the fluid is water, then it is most likely one of two different reasons.
The first reason that your car may be leaking water is because the exhaust is leaking.
As the fuel in your vehicle combusts, it leaves behind a small bit of moisture that will drop off of the tail pipe. This is the source; the water will clearly be located under the tailpipe. This condensation is not a reason for concern.
The other reason that you might see water leaking from your car is that your car's air conditioning unit is causing a water leak. When the air outside is hot and humid, the air that is circulated through your car has moisture in it.
This moisture is removed as the car is cooled down, and the water is drained through a hose that leads to the underside of the car. The hose is located on the front right side of the car, so if you see water leaking from there, the air conditioner is most likely the cause.
On excessively humid days, the moisture that is collected as it is circulated through the cab of the car will drain out of the hose much faster than it would on a day that is not hot and humid.
This will happen until the majority of the moisture has been removed from the car. Check out this video to see where the leak will occur.
With some of the larger vehicles that have a front and a back air conditioning system, you may notice that this type of leak can occur in the back of the vehicle as well.
These leaks are harmless, and the vehicles are actually designed to drain the moisture in the air as you cool off on a humid day. Once the moisture is gone, the leaking will slow down.
When you drive your car with the fresh air feature engaged on the air conditioning unit in humid, hot, or foggy weather, it is possible that the air coming through the vents is simply causing the vehicle to leak more water.
Of course, the water in the air is being evaporated as it goes through the air conditioning system, but it is also being re-moisturized as the air from outside of the vehicle combines with the air in the car.
In fact, when the moisture in the air is extremely high, you can actually see that moisture form on the windows.
In most situations, this moisture is located at the base of the front window near the location of the vents, but it can also be seen on the side windows as well.
The only way to stop the fog from hindering your view as you drive is to turn the vents on to re-circulation mode.
When you put the air circulation system into this mode, the moisture in the air will decrease with each pass it makes through the system.
Instead of continuously bringing fresh air in from the outside that has more moisture in it, this method will re-circulate the air that is already in the car.
The moisture will be removed more effectively, and the air inside the car will feel cooler because it is functioning in a more efficient mode.
Once the car reaches the optimum temperature based on the settings of the air conditioner, you will notice that the water leak has slowed significantly; in fact, it will stop when all of the moisture is removed from the air inside the cabin of the vehicle.
If you find that the passenger carpet is getting wet on occasion, then the air conditioner drain may be clogged or broken in some way. The best way to ensure that this issue is fixed is to clean out the rubber drain hose.
As you can see from this guide, a water leak is not something that you need to be concerned about in your vehicle. When you notice a leak, the most important thing to do is to confirm what is leaking. Water may not be a concern, but oil and other fluid may be.
Once you know that the leak is water, place your car's air conditioner on re-circulation mode to minimize the humidity. After the humidity is gone from the car's cabin, the leak will subside.
Hopefully, this guide has helped put your fears about your car's water leak to rest.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave a comment, and I will get back to you as soon as I can with a response.
Did you recently get new self-adjusting brakes that you do not feel are adjusting properly?
Many of the newer vehicles on the road today use drum brakes in the rear of the vehicle while using disc brakes in the front.
Even though your drum brakes are self-adjusting, they only handle about 25 percent of the braking power that your car needs, so when the adjustment is off, the front brakes tend to overcompensate for the rear ones, which can create a dangerous situation.
This can also decrease the life of the drum brake, if your brakes feel off, make sure to adjust them. I have found that many people do not know how to adjust drum brakes, so I created this tutorial to demonstrate how simple it can be.Read More
Car alarms provide a sense of safety for your car. There are few things more effective at deterring an unscrupulous person than a good car alarm that alerts the area that something untoward is happening to your vehicle.
More advanced models of car alarm can turn off your ignition so that a thief can’t get away, blare a dedicated speaker rather than just your car’s horn, or even alert you through a remote or your Smartphone when something is happening.
That being said, nothing is quite as embarrassing as when your alarm won’t turn off. When this happens, it’s important to know how to disable car alarm features; namely the entire system.
A car alarm that is having issues can become a large annoyance very quickly. It’ll disturb your own peace of mind, your neighbor’s, and will alert thieves that your car is vulnerable.
Since your best bet is to disable this alarm, I’ve decided to create his “how-to” article so that it’s easier to get the job done.Read More
Do you want to remove the layers of Plasti Dip from your ride?
Sometimes people really want to get rid of their Plasti Dip applications on their rims, either because they are tired of the look, it isn’t for them, or because they just want to see the natural chrome or metal of their vehicle’s rims.
Because of this, there are a lot of folks out there who wonder about just how to remove Plasti Dip from rims specifically.Read More
Does your car make a lot of noise when you start it? Recently, my sister’s car started sounding louder than normal, but she was not sure what the issue was.
I explained to her that it was an exhaust leak, and she asked me how to find an exhaust leak. I was surprised that she did not know, so I set out to help her.
Once the leak was repaired, I realized that there are probably a lot of others who would be in a similar situation, so I created this guide to help you find any leaks or issues that your exhaust may have.Read More