OK, I have a little leak. What’s the worst that can happen if I ignore it?

It depends on the leak, how fast it’s leaking, and how long it’s been leaking. But remember, any small, slow leak can become a major, fast leak without warning – take care of leaks as soon as you’re able.

Oil leaks

A few drops may not be an immediate problem. Check your oil level frequently and top it off when necessary. If you’re topping it off every time you fill up with gas, you’re headed for major engine trouble. Don’t wait. Take action before a low-oil issue cooks your engine and leaves you stranded on the roadside.

Coolant leaks

There’s no fooling around when it comes to coolant leaks. These tend to go from minor to major very quickly and often without warning. A sudden loss of coolant can severely overheat the engine, spelling the end of the engine’s life. As soon as you detect a coolant leak, take action.

Power Steering fluid leaks

A small, slow leak is not an immediate problem. Check the level frequently and top off as necessary. However, a small power steering leak will almost always get worse over time. A major loss of fluid can leave you without the ability to safely steer your vehicle, so don’t wait too long before finding a fix.

Transmission fluid leaks

Again, a small, slow leak is not an urgent problem. Check the level frequently and top off as necessary. Remember, a major loss of fluid can damage the transmission or leave you without the ability to get the car in gear. Don’t wait too long before finding a solution.


Many people lead extremely busy lives that leave little time for vehicle maintenance. But leaks, odd smells, and out of place noises that go ignored can cause major issues down the road. That’s why we’re committed to educating drivers about easy, affordable leak solutions that most drivers can use themselves.

Our K&W Fix My Leak can help you figure out what kind of leak you have and which K&W Stop Leak Solution you should use to fix it yourself.

One Response to “OK, I have a little leak. What’s the worst that can happen if I ignore it?”

  1. Mr. Kevin Hicks

    I brought a green bottle of K&W head gasket & block repair for a small leak (water in one of the heads after taking out a spark plug. I call the 1800 # in tech support and spoke to someone who was very nice and he explain to me how to use your product and I know your product will seal that small water leak in one of the heads on my 2010 Dodge Avenage SXT 2.4. Thanks

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