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Understand that water is a product of combustion and that exhaust will normally drip some amount of water. Having said that, I know that a lot of water dripping can be an indicator of something wrong (e.g gasket). My JK drips like a sailor just back from shore leave. The photo below shows the water produced after a short (maybe 1/2 mile trip). Is this within normal?



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Even if you were consuming coolant it is unlikely you'd see any liquid. The water is a byproduct of the catalyst and there is no "too much" but repeated short trips will make it drip more. If you keep an eye out you'll occasionally see a vehicle merge onto the highway and just dump water out the tailpipes. That's someone who does tons of short trips and rarely gets on the throttle.
 

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That's actually normal for a tight exhaust system.The water comes out of the muffler weep hole and tail pipe.
 

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Whenever I have seen a vehicle on the road dumping a bunch of water/steam out of the tailpipe I've always assumed that it is just condensed water in the exhaust system getting expelled shortly after the engine was started. I wonder if you just do a bunch of short trips that the exhaust system never gets a chance to heat up enough to get rid of all the condensed water. Also, how humid is it where you live?
 

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Have to mirror a lot of the above posters. A lot of short trips will produce a lot of condensation and not have a chance to drip it out or burn it off. Just another reason to take the long way home sometimes and let her run.
 

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I wouldn't be too concerned about it. If you let your Jeep warm up a little longer before driving it or take it on longer trips more frequently, you will probably see a bit less water on the ground.
 

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Thanks y'all; this is reassuring. I probably just need to get on some 45°+ slopes a little more often to get things all flushed out : )
 

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Thanks y'all; this is reassuring. I probably just need to get on some 45°+ slopes a little more often to get things all flushed out : )
No, just drive it for at least 20 minutes to get the exhaust hot enough to burn off any condensation.
 
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