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There was a trail of a mysterious fluid dripping from my car today (09 wrx). It was dripping enough that turning into my driveway it was like a half solid line. When I looked under the car, i didnt see anything dripping, but the bottom the the transmission looked wet (the end towards the front of the car). I wiped it with a paper towel and it looked almost yellow/greenish in color...

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In addition, occasionally while driving with the windows down I smelled a burning type smell...but it didnt always happen, so I just assumed it was a POS in front of me...
 

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Yellow/Greenish sounds like coolant. Did you smell anything specific? Hot antifreeze smells like maple syrup. Make sure the car is completely cool, and then check your coolant levels. Unfortunately, from your description, it could be hard to isolate the leak, but start my checking the health of all of your coolant hoses.
 

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The OP's coolant is blue.
 

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Ah. The issue sounded identical to a leaking coolant hose on my 03. My coolant was yellow, but I know there are some manufacturers that sell identical coolants with different dyes so you can tell when the system is full of the new stuff after flushing. The newer WRXs probably have a different flavor. Leaking coolant also follows with the slight burning smell the OP described.
 

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The newer OE coolant is blue and smells sharper than the older green, but I suppose you're right, it could be coolant. Nothing else in the car is nearly that colour, except maybe windshield washer fluid. The OP needs to look carefully for coolant.
 

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The first thing to do is to clean things under the hood really well. Then look for where the fluid reappears and trace it back to the source. If something is leaking as much as you indicate, it's probably spread all over so isolating it without cleaning first can be nearly impossible.
 

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The first thing to do is to clean things under the hood really well. Then look for where the fluid reappears and trace it back to the source. If something is leaking as much as you indicate, it's probably spread all over so isolating it without cleaning first can be nearly impossible.
Not to sound like Im trying to take the lazy way out...but still being under warranty, would it be best to take it in the the dealership?
 

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Not to sound like Im trying to take the lazy way out...but still being under warranty, would it be best to take it in the the dealership?
Definitely. Didn't know you had a warranty! This it not your problem. This is the dealer's problem.
 

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Yes, this is a dealer issue. Take it in pronto. That being said, if you really are bleeding coolant, I would advise having it towed, or at the bare minimum, top off your coolant system with water and stay in very low revs (no boost). Call the dealer, explain the problem, and follow their recommendations for getting it in. No need to damage other components just trying to make the trip to the shop, even if everything is under warranty.
 

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I checked after backing down my driveway and after my commute into work. There was no "new" spot that I noticed on the driveway, only what was there yesterday. After getting into work (more than enough time to heat engine fully) I looked down the parking lot looking for my "trail" and I didnt see anything. I looked under the car, no drip, but a tiny bit of fluid on the bottom of the tranny again (same spot). Could this be that I am out of coolant? If so, wouldn't the engine temp gauge go up (it was the same as normal)?

edit: I just looked under my car, and there is a very small spot, maybe 2 inches across, from dripping. I shall call to the 'ship
 

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It's possible it is empty, but you definitely would have noticed. Did you check the coolant levels? Also look at the washer fluid reservior as SD_GR suggested; it's the only other thing that could be close to that color.

For everyone else, power steering fluid is pinkish, correct? Brake fluid is clear, so it's got to be either coolant or possibly the washer fluid. Obviously, the washer fluid is the far lesser of two evils...
 

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I just called the 'ship. Besides mentioning that their booking currently for Nov. 5th, they mentioned an evaporation drain hose nearby? Maybe theres just a lot of other colored grime on the bottom of the car? I looked at the coolant tank, and it looked low. Im going to grab a jug right after I leave work (1 block away). How much can I expect the level to go down by the time I get home, assuming there is NO leak (if I refill the tank, would it "settle" if there was no leak?)?
 

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The evaporation drain is for the A/C, meaning it will be active if either the climate control or the front defroster is on. It will expel clear water though, and it exits near the firewall, not the nose.

If there is no leak the fluctuation in coolant level should be minimal.

Keep an eye on it. If you have a leak and are under warranty, the date they are currently booking at the dealer should be a moot point. They should receive your car on flatbed and hand you the keys to a rental or loaner in an ideal world.

I don't live in an ideal world though.
 

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Make sure to pick up Subaru "Super Coolant" it's blue. Mixing different types of coolant will shorten the service life of your coolant(the blue coolant supposed to be replaced every 100,000 miles compared to conventional 30,000 miles).

Also wait till your car cools (so first thing in the morning) before filling the expansion tank. If the tank is empty then fill from the top reservoir first(closest to the turbo) until full. Then fill expansion tank to full. check the expansion tank the following morning. If the coolant level is significantly lower than full then It's a possibility that there is a leak.
 

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Keep an eye on it. If you have a leak and are under warranty, the date they are currently booking at the dealer should be a moot point. They should receive your car on flatbed and hand you the keys to a rental or loaner in an ideal world.
I asked about leaving it and getting a loner and they currently dont have one. I will fill it today, put a cup under the car tonight. See what fills it(Hand check!! lol). If I see the level drop significantly I will push the 'ship harder tomorrow. I will follow up later. Thanks all!

I don't live in an ideal world though.
who does?
 

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Make sure to pick up Subaru "Super Coolant" it's blue. Mixing different types of coolant will shorten the service life of your coolant(the blue coolant supposed to be replaced every 100,000 miles compared to conventional 30,000 miles).

Also wait till your car cools (so first thing in the morning) before filling the expansion tank. If the tank is empty then fill from the top reservoir first(closest to the turbo) until full. Then fill expansion tank to full. check the expansion tank the following morning. If the coolant level is significantly lower than full then It's a possibility that there is a leak.
Im just going to get standard coolant for now, only bc if/when I take it in, then will replace it all and bc its here. But the rest I will do.
 
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