"Brake fluid" sprayed all up in the right side of the engine?

Asked by Feb 02, 2019 at 08:20 AM about the 2015 Lexus RX 350

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I live in SC, bought a brand-new Lexus 350 in 2015, and just had it serviced
for 30,000 miles about 3 weeks ago. While driving yesterday, my car started
smoking under the front passenger’s tire area.  It appears that brake fluid (or
some other fluid) was dripping and spraying all over the right tire area and
underneath the engine.  A LOT of fluid was lost quickly.  Is this brake fluid?  
About 3 weeks ago, the Lexus dealer serviced it and rotated the tires, added
brake fluid, and said my brakes will probably need changing in the future
since he saw some wear.   Is it possible that the dealer accidentally
unplugged, cut or loosened some hose containing brake fluid when he was
working on the car?  Yesterday when it happened, I lost a lot of fluid from
my car- it was not a gradual thing.  I'm afraid to drive it now.  I'm retired and
don't drive much and I'm not bad driver.  The fluid was watery but had a
little oily feel to it.  What do you think it was?

1 Answer

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Based on the location, most likely; brake fluid. Turn on the engine and have someone pump the brakes while you look at the area. You'll probably see a healthy spray coming from behind the wheel. do not drive without brakes, but tow it to a mechanic..... The previous mechanic did add brake fluid at the last service, so I wouldn't suspect he did this; and it is a LEXUS dealer.

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