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Maintenance Light - water loss?

About a month back there always seemed to be some water under the vehicle. I checked with my mechanic and he said not to worry and that this happens to lots of vehicles.
However, recently the maintenance light came on and when i start the car it flashes 3 times and then stops. Any idea if this could be connected to the water loss?

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  • poplawcan Nov 15, 2008

    i had it checked out by the mechanic and it was definitely water.

  • Gary Queen
    Gary Queen May 11, 2010

    Condensation is common in all vehicles. What is important is if it is just water or coolant.

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Whenever the AC is on, moisture (humidity) is removed from the interior of the car, and this moisture becomes liquid, and is drained out via a tube that comes from the AC box under the dash., This is a normal occurance.

The MAINT light flashes at 4,500 miles, to remind you an Oil Change is due, and the light will stay on at 5,000 miles, since the last reset of the Maint lamp. The lamp must be reset after every oil change, it does not reset itself.

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