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Leaking..passenger side near front..air conditioner

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Leaking water--dripping slightly on passenger side near front. air conditioner has not been on
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  ironmike replied 6 years ago.
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ironmike :

greetings,

ironmike :

if you are using the heat or defrost it will cause the compressor to enage and condensation inside can happen.

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

could it be a water pump problem

ironmike :

Most cars now aare designed to use the a/c to add moisture to the air inside

ironmike :

what color is the leak, if clear it is water

ironmike :

did you check the drain to see if it is clear

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

But I had the car turned off for 3 hours. Came out and noted that a pool of water was on the ground. This has not happened before. I have not used the air conditioner

ironmike :

it will be under the evaporator and it drains through the firewall

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

not a huge pool, but notice that water continued

ironmike :

did you check the coolant level?

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

Is this something IO should worry about--like a water pump problem?

ironmike :

if the drain is partially clogged it could take time to drain

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

no, didn't check coolant. doesn't feel like coolant. has no color

ironmike :

mildew can develop if the water does not drain properly

ironmike :

good observation, coolant is slippery

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

you don't think its the water pump?

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

It drips very slowly--tiny drops of water--left a minor stream when I backed out

ironmike :

not with clear fluid leaking

ironmike :

if the water pump were leaking it would not enter the inside of the car

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

So you think I don't have to worry right now?

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

that car is ok to drive until I get it checked out?

ironmike :

the HVAC housing can hold alot of water, I have heard of cars with a sloshing noise form all the water

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

so its ok to drive

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

?

ironmike :

I think it is not dangerous, if you make sure the coolant and oil are full you should be fine

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

But water is NOT leaking inside the car

ironmike :

I think so.

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

It is a minor drip drip by the right passenger wheel

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

front

ironmike :

Dis you get the timing belt done yet

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

yes

ironmike :

water by the front right is where the a/c would drain

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

15,000 miles ago--its at 103000 now

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

ok--but have not used the ac recently

ironmike :

when the a/c works good and it is warm most cars will leak a good amount

ironmike :

good job

ironmike :

very important on these

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

but its cool here in virginia mountains

ironmike :

heat,defrost and a/c will all cause the water

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

I hear you. What would be a sign that the waterpump is not working?

ironmike :

I have an older car and it really makes water from the a/c

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

or going out

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

even if AC is not on?

ironmike :

noise, and leaking

ironmike :

most people get the pump changed with the timing belt

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

Is water pump a very big job?

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

Would water leak at same point as AC water drip spot?

ironmike :

if the ccompressor comes on it will make water. If you know what the compressor/clutch looks like when you have the heat or defrost on open the hood and watch to see.

ironmike :

the water pump is easy or not much more when the timing belt is done

ironmike :

you have to remove the timing belt to do it.

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

But if timing belt is done, is water pump a big job when done separately?

ironmike :

I like to recommend it when doing the belt to save the customer labor

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

What is normal cost?

ironmike :

slightly more time than the belt.

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

OK, I was just upset because I have never had water leak like this at a time when Im not using the AC

ironmike :

3 hrs labor

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

Should I have it checked out at the Subaru dealer?

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

Is my question to you unusual?

ironmike :

You don't have to go to the dealer but if they did the belt I would

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

Just never happened before

ironmike :

for big issues or if the dealer did work I would go there.

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

ok thank you--will sign off

ironmike :

they do have the tools and company bulletins but they usually charge more

ironmike :

good luck

ironmike :

you are welcome

JACUSTOMER-l0hksoqf- :

thank you and bye

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