What are they telling you the problem is? It sounds like the drain is plugged. Have you checked that?
January, 20, 2010 AT 11:23 AM
First guy said plugged drain and fixed it. Second guy said leak around a line that enters the passenger side near feet and fixed that with caulking. When it still leaked said it would cost $550.00 as they have to take apart lots of stuff. Confusing! Many Thanks for your help. Peter
January, 20, 2010 AT 4:34 PM
Peter: Just for the heck of it, see if the drain is plugged. Under the hood on the passanger side of the firewall, you will see a black rubber tube that points down to nothing. Move it around to see if there is any dirt at the end. THat is where they usually clog from dirt and garbage from the engine and road.
Let me know what you find.
January, 22, 2010 AT 11:15 AM
Thanks so much Joe. I didn't find a rubber tube. What is it connected to? I downloaded a service manual for my Dakota and didn't find a diagram of the condensate drain.
I looked all over and followed every line near the passenger side firewall from the engine top side and jacked the truck up and looked underneath too. I removed a thin metal shield (pie shaped about 8" x8" above the manifold pipe) and found a horizontal hole in the firewall covered by the shield that I could stick a finger and 4" screwdriver into. It did not appear to be blocked. Perhaps the tube is gone?
Any suggestions on where or to what this tube is attached? I remember a mechanic said it was a real bitch to get at the drain. He had the truck on a lift and was poking around from below near the manifold pipe. I left the shield off.
Again thanks for your help. Sorry i'm no mechanic. Peter
January, 22, 2010 AT 1:53 PM
It sounds like you found it; however, there should be a black rubber tube connected to it that the water drips from. Leave it open and see if that makes any difference and let me know.