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Old 07-16-2010, 02:17 PM   #1
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A/C leaking

I am new to the forum so please bear with me. It took me 10 minutes to find this screen. We bought a used 2002 Sahara. The a/c leaks in the floor on the passenger side. I removed the carpet and can see the leak. It is at the firewall where the drain line exits the vehicle. Water is dripping out of the drain pipe on the outside. My wife also said that she felt some drops on her right foot (accelerator side) while she was driving. Any ideas how to stop the leak?

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Same problem on my 2002 X model. Mine would saturate the passenger side carpet to the point it would be wet in the back seat. My jeep mechanic put an extra drain hose in on that side to let it drain down further--problem solved. Not another drop since.

From my research, this was a big issue on Wranglers for several years. If you got it from a dealer, you may want to see if they will fix it for free. It was a "service bulletin" put out by Jeep...not a true recall, but similar type of thing.

Oh, and make sure you dry out the carpet good so you don't get rust underneath in the body. :>

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Thanks for the reply. Is it possible to get a picture from underneath to show me exactly where he put the extra drain? I see some possibilities but once you cut a hole, it's a hole. Also am wondering where he exited the vehicle. By the way, I got it from a used car dealer, not a Jeep dealership. The leak is right at the firewall which makes me think of several issues. Since this is my first jeep I really didn't want to do anything major until I got some advice. Now my Dodge Dakota? I can tear that sucker apart.
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Old 07-16-2010, 04:03 PM   #4
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Not sure about your A/C, but welcome to the forum!
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:39 PM   #5
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Sure Kelyxii--I will try to get some pics and post tonight/in the AM. FYI, it did not require cutting anything, so it would be a good first thing to try.
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:44 PM   #6
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The water is condensation from the a/c system. If it is leaking inside the passenger compartment, the drain you see at the bottom of the passenger-side firewall is likely just partially clogged from mud, insects, etc. It can usually be cleaned out with something long & flexible.

Or if it happens only while driving, the air flow from underneath is likely just being forced into the drain tube and forcing the water back up into the system. In that case, installing a rubber 90 degree angle onto the drain tube so it faces down will usually fix it.
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Jerry-that is what we had done.

Okay, so it is hard to get a pic without dragging stuff out, but I found this pic on the forum from someone else.

This is what my mech did--just added a a foam hose that would fit to the original drain to extend it further down. Otherwise, with where they are placed, it just sucks up the water from the condensation of the AC. The drain is on the passenger side just behind the tire, but up high. When you are laying under there, it is just to the left and a little higher than the condensor.

My hose is much longer and comes way down, but mine is lifted, and he used a hard foam material to make the hose. Just see what you have laying around.

I hope I am not wrambling.

Let me know how it turns out!



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Old 07-16-2010, 08:59 PM   #8
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Thank you everybody. I went to see a friend of mine who is a mechanic. He told me to add the 90 degree hose and see what happens. I just happened to have a 90 deg PVC coupling that fit the drain pipe. I ran the jeep for about 30 minutes with no inside dripping. The water was dripping like crazy outside. I am going to run it for a few days before I put the carpet back in. You guys are great.

Now I gotta ask; why did I buy a jeep if I am going to run the a/c. I thought I bought it to put the top down and blow my hair. LOL
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Yea!!!! I bet you will not see another drop inside. :>

I got picked on by my Jeep mechanic when he saw I had AC. He asked why I even needed it. But living in NC with the hot summers, it was the one luxury I insisted on. My first Wrangler did not have AC and that was the one thing I wished I had. When the top IS up and it is almost 100 degrees outside, it is a necessity, not a luxury.

Heck, with the heat we have been having lately, I swear I think my baby's vinyl seats are producing their own sweat...
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Old 07-18-2010, 06:55 AM   #10
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Well, I have driven this Jeep for 3 days now. The only water I have seen is condensation, not leakage. That I can live with. In fact, I don't think I can get rid of the condensation since the Jeep is not insulated. And you are correct, IT IS HOT HOT HOT down in Allybammy too.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:27 AM   #11
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must be nice to have a/c in your jeep lol
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:04 AM   #12
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It is nice, the wife likes it. If the truth be known, it is her truck. One thing I have wondered is; when it rains and the top is down and you are out and about, what do you do? Just suck it up and jump and get wet with it? I know it's going to happen one day. You can't just keep letting the top up and down all the time. It is rather time consuming.
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Hi Kelyxii! Well, my baby was broken in well this weekend. I got caught in an AWFUL storm with my top on, but all windows/doors out. (it was too hot with the beating sun). Long story short, I pulled into a gas station and pulled under the awning at the pump to wait it out. Did absolutely no good. It rained sideways and I ended up with 6 inches of water in the floor. My mats were FLOATING.

So, I spent Sunday pulling the carpet out, sucking the water out of the seats (luckily they are vinyl but have carpet on the sides), and scrubbing the floor. Oh well, it forced me to pull the carpet and deal with the minor surface rust she had when I got her. I was wanting to pull it anyway and ride a few days to consider it long term with a bedliner sprayed in....

Anyway, I went through that dilema with my previous TJ and learned to get the top up/down in less than 4 minutes. With time, it will come easier and you won't think twice and putting the top up and down. And remember, even if you get stuck out in the rain, she is made for it. I was ill when I first started getting wet, but then just had to laugh at myself while my hair was dripping and remember, ITS A JEEP! I became quite peaceful about it and treated it as if she was "breaking ME in."
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That happened to me in my Silvarado. We left our windows down about 3 inches due to the heat. Had not been in the store 10 minutes when the storm came. It was a sideways storm. I had water standing in the truck. Since we were at WALMART that made it all ok. LMBO. Took me several days to get it all dry. It's a quad cab. My neighbor owned one and told me I could roll the top back on my jeep without taking out the windows. I tried it once but it was rather bulky.
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My neighbor owned one and told me I could roll the top back on my jeep without taking out the windows. I tried it once but it was rather bulky.
Yeah, I would think it would probably take just as long as zipping the windows out, since you have to fight to fold down the extra material if you do it that way.

I usually leave my windows out unless there is a definite chance of bad storms. I will leave the top itself up (with windows out) and ride like that to keep the sun from beating down on me so much.

I have gotten some xsmall bungies and put them around the back pieces of canvas that go between the sides of where the windows zip in, back at the rear seatbelts, just to keep the flapping to a minimum. It works pretty good. I keep the windows tossed in the back seat in case I get caught in a storm. Then, I can close it up quickly if I get caught out.

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