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Why is there clean oil dripping from under my glove compartment onto t

Discussion in 'GFAQ: G-Body Frequently Asked Questions' started by Scstables, May 1, 2012.

  1. Scstables

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    I don't know what is going on, but someone mentioned a leaky evaporator (whatever that is). What is an evaporator and where is it located? Is this a serious issue? I thought at first it was power steering fluid because it looked and smelled the same. How can I fix this?
     
  2. Bob Lincoln

    Bob Lincoln "CHECK FAULT CODES"
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    The evaporator is the radiator-like device inside the car that provides the cooling for the air conditioning. There is an oil in it.

    It's also possible that if you ran your A/C or defroster recently, you're just seeing dirty condensation dripping from the catch pan. Underhood on the passenger firewall there is a rubber drain tube that turns down 90 degrees, about the size of a thumb. Squeeze and see if water comes out. These often get plugged, and water backs up inside the car.
     
  3. Scstables

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    I saw that thing, I will squeeze it tomorrow and see what happens.

    BTW, I have not run my a/c since it ran out of freon 6 years ago. It will not come on any ways because once they are low they shut down. As to the defroster, last time I ran that was many weeks ago. The weird thing is what is on the carpet is oily.
     
  4. Scstables

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    An update - this has been repaired so no more FLOODS in my car! :)
     
  5. russ93spirit

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    Thanks for the update, but what did you have repaired? What were the findings?
     
  6. Scstables

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    The drainage tube was clogged.

    The shop was nice enough to do that for free, as they could not find anything wrong with my headlights (once in a blue moon headlights refuse to pop up). They told me they can't fix the lights until they stop popping up completely.
     

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