2004 Chrysler Town & Country, 78,000 miles


I have some kind of clear liquid leaking in the front passenger floor carpet. The AC system doestn't seem to be losing fluid. Under the passenger side of the car are two metal pipes that connect to rubber hoses and the metal pipes are rusted badley, but are not leaking fluid. Don't know if the pipes are related to the interior leak.

The dealer wants $400 and hour, minimum 1 1/2 hrs just to find the problem and then will prepare an invoice for the repairs that are needed. This sounds like it could run over a $1,000 to get repaired.

I am lost as to what to do. Trusting the mechanics around here is an issue.

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Sunday, June 3rd, 2007 AT 12:58 PM

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$400 an hour is ripoff level rate, take it to another shop. My dodge dealer didn't charge me for the 3 hours it took to find the electrical problem in my truck last week. They only charged me for the half hour to fix it and the part's cost, $175 total.

Clear liquid leaking in the passenger side floor is usually water from the air conditioner's evaporator. Cooling air causes water to condense out of the air onto the evaporator. There's a tray under it which catches the water and routes it to a rubber hose which hangs down under the vehicle to drip on the ground. Dirty air going through the evaporator can deposit gunk which can clog up the drain line, making the tray overflow into the passenger side floorboard.

This is an easy fix and shouldn't take a lot of time. Can sometimes be fixed if you can locate the hose hanging down and blow air into it to clear the lines temporarily.

There's not much else that can be leaking into the passenger floorboard. If the A/C system leaks, it's a gas that floats away. There could be a leak in the windshield in the bottom right side and corner which would cause it to leak water there but only while it's raining. The only other thing that could leak is the heater coil, but that would have a yellow tinge to it and you'd smell something sweet.

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Monday, June 4th, 2007 AT 6:24 AM

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