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Exclamation Mysterious fluid leak

I noticed a 13 inch diameter oil stain in my parking lot yesterday, and thought it may have been another car. Parked in different spot today, same spot, so its my Versa. Trying to determine oil or training fluid overnight. Had CVT fluid change AND new trans pan and gasket on 8/23. Possible gasket was improperly installed on new trans pan?? I have a assigned spot in parking lot, so this leak is only 2 days old. ANY OTHER IDEAS?? Versa has 130.000 miles and never leaked a drop of oil or anything until yesterday. Maybe power steering fluid??? Oil and trans fluid dipsticks read good, but its only about a cup of leakage each time. I laid down white towel to see if I Can check color.

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I would take it back to the shop YESTERDAY! Especially if it could be the trans.

Put an old box or cardboard under the car
If the puddle is more on the drivers side, it is most likely the trans.
If the puddle is more on the passenger side, it is most likely oil.
If the puddle is more in front behind the bumper, it is most likely coolant.

It will not be brake fluid, your lights would have come on already, and you would have lost brakes by now.
It will not be power steering, unless you can see electrons flooding the inside of your car! (lol)
The p/s on the car is electric and is located just below and behind the gauge cluster.

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It will not be power steering, unless you can see electrons flooding the inside of your car! (lol)
The p/s on the car is electric and is located just below and behind the gauge cluster.
According to OP's profile, his car is 2007 Versa XL. A quick search shows it has not an electric PS.
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I put a towel down and the fluid has no color and no discernible smell that I can dermine. The oil level looks good, trans fluid looks good, radiator is full. Very strange??? . . There is a reservoir next to radiator fill/cap. This reservoir is empty, although it looks like there may have been fluid in there at one time. I know I sound like a dumda$$ but I am not, and I have owned a lot of cars, but never a Nissan. Thanks in advance for any pointers

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According to OP's profile, his car is 2007 Versa XL. A quick search shows it has not an electric PS.
I didn't see any mention of hydraulic PS in the 07 Versa FSM. I thought they all were EPS.

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I put a towel down and the fluid has no color and no discernible smell that I can dermine. The oil level looks good, trans fluid looks good, radiator is full. Very strange??? . . There is a reservoir next to radiator fill/cap. This reservoir is empty, although it looks like there may have been fluid in there at one time. I know I sound like a dumda$$ but I am not, and I have owned a lot of cars, but never a Nissan. Thanks in advance for any pointers
The reservoir just behind the radiator is the coolant overflow tank. There should be coolant in it.
There is also one by the right headlight. That is the washer fluid reservoir.


Water from the A/C? It has been quite humid around here the last few days. I actually had to use mine for the fist time since I went to St. Louis a few weeks ago.

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I didn't see any mention of hydraulic PS in the 07 Versa FSM. I thought they all were EPS.
You seem to be correct. The 2007 Nissan Versa Owner Guide has references to electric PS.
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I put a towel down and the fluid has no color and no discernible smell that I can dermine. The oil level looks good, trans fluid looks good, radiator is full. Very strange??? . . There is a reservoir next to radiator fill/cap. This reservoir is empty, although it looks like there may have been fluid in there at one time. I know I sound like a dumda$$ but I am not, and I have owned a lot of cars, but never a Nissan. Thanks in advance for any pointers
It may be the water condensation on the A/C. My 07 Versa SL has water on the floor after a/c was on for a long time.
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I believe this may be the culprit, and I live in Bloomington, IL (3 hours North of St Louis), and it has been SUPER humid here as well. I had a Toyota Camry a couple years ago, and it actually had a similar, issue which one of the guys who checked it out noticed (so unfortunately, I didn't see the actual results of the AC Condensation back-up).

I will gather more data and update the post. I am hoping this is the issue, as this is best case scenario.

I have had this Versa for almost 2 years and had no problems. BUT, it has 130,000 miles and I do change the synthetic every 4k miles. I am hoping to drive this 07 Versa another year if I can, but any suggestions would be awesome! Thanks Guys
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I often see condensation on the ground from the a/c in my Versa. If it's water it should evaporate. I'd check underneath the car after it's been sitting in the same spot for few hours to see if there's any signs of moisture or stains still on the ground. If it's still there after working an 8 hour day I doubt it's water.
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