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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-15-2012, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Leaking fluid from small tube/hose near front passenger tire

You guys will have to forgive my lack of knowledge. I just noticed while parked that my 09 Turbo Foz XT with 25K miles was slowly dripping what looks like water from a small unattached tube just inside the front passenger side tire at the bottom of the engine. The problem is I can't see where it is supposed to be attached to. There hasn't been a CEL or anything, but how can I figure out what it's leaking. Any help would be great. I can only get to dealership after work tomorrow, about 40 miles away. Is it ok to drive?
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That could be condensed water from the air-conditioner.
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Well I'm assuming that since you are in Virginia, that you've been using your air conditioner.

The only unattached small tube on the bottom of the car where you are describing is the A/C drain tube. It's just draining condensation created from running the A/C. Nothing to worry about.
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Condinsate drain for the AC is my guess if it's water
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AC condensor drain, located on the passenger side firewall.

Fakes allot of ppl out. The AC builds up moisture inside, esp with how humid it is in the northeast with this lovely heatwave. Its just draining moisture out, thats all.

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I'm in Richmond, BC, Canuckistan, not Richmond, Virginia. Yes, I have been using the AC this weekend, as it was quite warm. Good to know guys, I'll keep an eye on it, but it sounds like I'm worrying for no reason. Thanks for the very quick responses.
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Rub it in your hands. Water feels like water (maybe a bit dirty/greasy from running down side of transmission) . Oil or coolant feels oily, noticeably different. Odds are from your descrip its the AC as others have mentioned.
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Yep, it definitely feels like water.
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Rub it in your hands. Water feels like water (maybe a bit dirty/greasy from running down side of transmission) . Oil or coolant feels oily, noticeably different. Odds are from your descrip its the AC as others have mentioned.
also coolant tastes like pure sugar...

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Its the hose in the center of the picture. (Evaporator Drain)


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