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Water in the Heater system

I have found water in my 1998 Escort heater/air conditioning system. Have drain water and replaced ressitor. Can hear water in system when I go around a corner. Any ideas how it got there and how can I keep it out?

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  • Snyde19 Oct 18, 2008

    Thank you. We did find the drain plug clogged and dislodge all the debris. We thought that would fix the problem. However, we can still hear water running through the system. Can this be water that is still in the system and just needs to find its way out? Or can water be coming in from another way?

  • Snyde19 Nov 13, 2008

    We found the problem. The AC conditioner drain was plugged. So
    condensation was collecting in the system. I drilled a small hole into
    the drain just under the passenger side where you can see where the
    drain is. When I pulled the drill out I collected around 48 oz. of
    water. Yes, four beer cans of liquid. I couldn't believe it! I then
    pushed a small flexible wire through the hole and down the drain until
    the wire came out of the firewall. I worked the wire around a couple of
    times until I saw water on the ground. Now when we park the car we can
    see water draining out of the AC/heating drain.

  • Snyde19 Nov 13, 2008

    Thank you

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Sounds like maybe you got a break, good to hear. Keep an eye on that coolant level for a while just in case.

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We found the problem. The AC conditioner drain was plugged. So condensation was collecting in the system. I drilled a small hole into the drain just under the passenger side where you can see where the drain is. When I pulled the drill out I collected around 48 oz. of water. Yes, four beer cans of liquid. I couldn't believe it! I then pushed a small flexible wire through the hole and down the drain until the wire came out of the firewall. I worked the wire around a couple of times until I saw water on the ground. Now when we park the car we can see water draining out of the AC/heating drain.

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Do you have a drain plugged outside under hood on firewall. Looks like a rubber elbow or similar. Gently poke something inside, not too sharp or far to clean out. If all else fails try a little compressed air to dislodge.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Oct 22, 2008

    There is always the possibility of it coming in from under the cowl, below your wipers. One thing to try is have someone stand outside by the passenger side, and lean down toward wiper and listen, as someone turns on the heater (on high) and try to pinpoint where the air is being drawn in, that should give you a general idea where water may be entering. take a good look at the cowl cover & see if/how hard it is to remove to get a better look .The other thing to look at is your engine coolant level. have you had to add to it lately? How often? If so, perhaps a heater core leak is the cause. Maybe all you need to do is drive around and allow liquid to shift around and run out, if your real lucky. Here's to hoping your real lucky.

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