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Old 09 May 2006, 06:34 pm
frederick
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Default 1996 Honda Accord - Water Leak Under Dash

Can someone tell me what would cause water to leak from under the dash on
the passenger side when the air conditioner is being used?


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Old 09 May 2006, 07:40 pm
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Default Re: 1996 Honda Accord - Water Leak Under Dash

This is quite simple really. There is a box under the glove box and it has
a hose that runs out under the car (ever notice the dripping when the A/C is
running?)

This drain has become clogged. I have had luck with simply blowing air back
into the hose, dislodging the clog, but be warned, you will get a mouthful
of nasty if you blow into it. Better to use a can of compressed air or an
air hose. Pinch the drain hose tightly around the nozzle, and blow some air
back in. This should clear it up. If it's really bad, the box will need to
be removed and cleaned.

G-Man



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> Can someone tell me what would cause water to leak from under the dash on
> the passenger side when the air conditioner is being used?
>



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Old 09 May 2006, 10:47 pm
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Default Re: 1996 Honda Accord - Water Leak Under Dash

I have water pouring into the driver's side floorboard on the same
model. It is cold and seems to be condensation from the AC. How can
this happen? It only occurs during sharp right turns. When I turn to
the left I sometimes hear a sizzling noise. I suspect a plugged drain
hole. How do I get access and where do I look?


G-Man wrote:
> This is quite simple really. There is a box under the glove box and it has
> a hose that runs out under the car (ever notice the dripping when the A/C is
> running?)
>
> This drain has become clogged. I have had luck with simply blowing air back
> into the hose, dislodging the clog, but be warned, you will get a mouthful
> of nasty if you blow into it. Better to use a can of compressed air or an
> air hose. Pinch the drain hose tightly around the nozzle, and blow some air
> back in. This should clear it up. If it's really bad, the box will need to
> be removed and cleaned.
>
> G-Man
>
>
>
> "frederick" <brutusone@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:_F98g.3366$OF6.21@trnddc06...
> > Can someone tell me what would cause water to leak from under the dash on
> > the passenger side when the air conditioner is being used?
> >


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Old 10 May 2006, 06:37 am
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Default Re: 1996 Honda Accord - Water Leak Under Dash

It is a plugged drain. I can't get specific without seeing the car, but
look under the glove box. There should be a rubber hose coming out of the
black box and going through the firewall somewhere. I wouldn't pull the
hose off the box, as you will get a LOT of water in the car.


G-Man


"Arnablaze" <mattarn@msn.com> wrote in message
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>I have water pouring into the driver's side floorboard on the same
> model. It is cold and seems to be condensation from the AC. How can
> this happen? It only occurs during sharp right turns. When I turn to
> the left I sometimes hear a sizzling noise. I suspect a plugged drain
> hole. How do I get access and where do I look?
>
>
> G-Man wrote:
>> This is quite simple really. There is a box under the glove box and it
>> has
>> a hose that runs out under the car (ever notice the dripping when the A/C
>> is
>> running?)
>>
>> This drain has become clogged. I have had luck with simply blowing air
>> back
>> into the hose, dislodging the clog, but be warned, you will get a
>> mouthful
>> of nasty if you blow into it. Better to use a can of compressed air or
>> an
>> air hose. Pinch the drain hose tightly around the nozzle, and blow some
>> air
>> back in. This should clear it up. If it's really bad, the box will need
>> to
>> be removed and cleaned.
>>
>> G-Man
>>
>>
>>
>> "frederick" <brutusone@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:_F98g.3366$OF6.21@trnddc06...
>> > Can someone tell me what would cause water to leak from under the dash
>> > on
>> > the passenger side when the air conditioner is being used?
>> >

>



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Old 11 May 2006, 07:16 am
Michael Pardee
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"frederick" <brutusone@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Can someone tell me what would cause water to leak from under the dash on
> the passenger side when the air conditioner is being used?
>

I'd add to G-man's excellent posts that the accumulation of condensation
probably has led to mildew in the evaporator pan. If you aren't smelling it
now you soon may! Flushing the pan out with isopropyl alcohol should reduce
that, but not much will eliminate it. The flush is done the obvious way,
using a baster or similar to pump a cup or so of alcohol backward up the
drain hose (usually from under the car, just because access is "easier" in a
relative way) and letting it drain out.

While on the subject, have you checked to see if you have a cabin air
filter? It should be intercepting the dirt and debris that is causing this
and may be corroding the evaporator.

Mike


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Old 12 May 2006, 03:58 pm
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Default Re: 1996 Honda Accord - Water Leak Under Dash

Thank you all for identifying this mystery. I will definitely apply your
suggestions.
"G-Man" <shoot.digital@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> This is quite simple really. There is a box under the glove box and it
> has a hose that runs out under the car (ever notice the dripping when the
> A/C is running?)
>
> This drain has become clogged. I have had luck with simply blowing air
> back into the hose, dislodging the clog, but be warned, you will get a
> mouthful of nasty if you blow into it. Better to use a can of compressed
> air or an air hose. Pinch the drain hose tightly around the nozzle, and
> blow some air back in. This should clear it up. If it's really bad, the
> box will need to be removed and cleaned.
>
> G-Man
>
>
>
> "frederick" <brutusone@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:_F98g.3366$OF6.21@trnddc06...
>> Can someone tell me what would cause water to leak from under the dash on
>> the passenger side when the air conditioner is being used?
>>

>
>



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Old 12 May 2006, 04:23 pm
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frederick wrote:
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> Can someone tell me what would cause water to leak from under the dash on
> the passenger side when the air conditioner is being used?



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Take a look at www.slhondaparts.com for the exploded view of your
heater. Unplug the connector, remove three screws and the fan / motor
falls on the floor. Use a mirror and GOOD flashlight to peer inside.
Clean out scum and spray with good algaecide.

I'm surprised nobody has yet gotten Legionnaire's Disease from the AC
unit of a car . . .

'Curly'
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