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My 1998 Ford Escort leaks water into the cab side of the firewall, causing water to build up in various compartments inside the dashboard. When I take a left turn, it spills out onto the floorboard. I have already confirmed that it is water and not anti-freeze, and it has to be a clogged condenser drain hose, as I live in Florida and haven't touched the heat since I bought the car. My problem is this - I can't find the hose to unclog it! I have found several different explanations of where it is located, and so far none of them have been correct. Does anybody have an accurate description of where the hose is, and *crosses fingers* perhaps even some pictures? Any help would be greatly appreciated, and I thank you in advance.

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  • vampirevince Jun 24, 2009

    I've been underneath the car, and I've looked everywhere - including everywhere around and underneath the evaporator. The closest thing I can find is a soft rubber hose clamped to a hard rubber, possibly even metal hose, about halfway between the bottom of the car and the evaporator... But the hard rubber/metal hose disappears into the cab side of the firewall, so I don't think it's the drain. There absolutely is not a condensation drain just hanging in clear sight, or I'd have fixed it ages ago - it seems to be hidden.

  • vampirevince Jun 24, 2009

    Are you sure? I want to be absolutely positive before I go around undoing clamps all willy-nilly, and like I said, I can't see where that hose ends up going, but it surely doesn't seem to drain out of the bottom of the car. It seems to go into the firewall near the center console. I apologize for being so anal, but if I mess something up, I am much too poor to take it to a mechanic to fix my mistake.

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That is the condensation drain you discribed, run a coat hanger up in the hose to clear it..

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Get up under car look for it at the bottom of the firewall near the evaporator

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