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Old 05-10-2012, 12:37 PM
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Default Air Conditioner Leaking Water into Cab

I *used* to have this issue. And I'm almost certain I found the solution somewhere in the forums but after many searches, I can't find the thread that I originally read. Therefore, I wanted to pass on the word to everyone else. If you have a 2nd generation Ram and you have problems keeping the passenger side floor dry because of the a/c not draining DO THIS:

1. Open the hood and look on the passenger side fire wall behind the (I think it's a) condenser. There will be a small pipe sticking out only about 1" from the fire wall. This is the drain.

2. Go to almost any auto parts store and buy a chunk of 1/2" hose. 6" of the hose will do ya.

3. Push hose over drain on fire wall. Bend hose down towards the frame and away from the exhaust manifold. I had a fairly good length of hose so I was able to tuck it between the frame and a bolt.

Apparently Dodge didn't really think this design out too well. The engine compartment is really spacious. I like that when I'm doing my tuneups and etc... But when you're driving down the road at almost any speed, there's a lot of air moving around inside the engine compartment. This pressurizes most of the area and in the case of the air conditioner drain, keeps it from draining properly. In fact, I'd say that the water is blown straight back into the system whenever it tries to drain. If your piece of hose you bought is long enough, the air moving by the downward facing end will actually reverse the effect and the air conditioning drain will now feel a vacuum.

This was the EASIEST fix I have ever made. Total cost: $1.20
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Old 05-14-2012, 05:47 PM
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Thanks for this tidbit of info.. Feel like a dummy for all the head scratching and what the hell-ing I have done over this haha!
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