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Old 08-15-2006, 04:47 AM   #1
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I've got a 2001 SSEi (lt bronze, beige leather) dumping water into the passenger floorboard. It is not coolant. The A/C is blowing plenty cold - even here in Atlanta - & as such I suspect something is plugged or nearly so. I pulled one panel from beneath the glove compartment only to see a vast array of wires that I have no real business tearing into just yet. Nothing obvious as to where the water is coming from, but the carpet & mat are soaked. When parked after a run, condensate is seen from just behind the R/H front wheel dripping on the ground. Any assistance would be greatly welcomed.
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Can you pin down if the leak is apparent only during rain storms or if it seems to be there only when the AC is running?
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As BIll said, that information would be quite helpful. Your desciption of the problem sounds a lot like a plugged drain for the A/C.
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Does the condensate seem to be running out at a rapid rate commensurate with the high humidity of Atlanta? Is there anything as a partial blockage or one that might have cleared itself in the evaporator drain?

Do you have a sunroof? As Bill asked, when does it happen?
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Best way is to pull carpet back, and u can see where it is coming from.
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It'* dumping whenever the a/c is on - which down here is always. I've pulled the carpet back & took the bottom panel off the underside of the glove compartment, but saw more up there than I was willing to tear into without some advice. I realize that I need to get under the vehicle & will do that this coming weekend when I can jack it up & put jack stands under it. I'm fairly certain it'* condensate, as the fluid accumulating is not radiator coolant, nor is there a distinct leak that I could find.
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As said above, we're pretty sure you'll find a plugged or partially plugged condensate drain when you inspect it closely.
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I've used a bicycle pump to back flush the evaporator drain and have cleared out debris effectively. Use black electrical tape to couple & secure the air fitting of the pump to the bitter end of the evap. drain (under right side of car) then pump a few times. Remove pump, run a/c for a few minutes to check to see if evap drain is flowing, then repeat process. It may take several cycles to clear out any blockages.
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