Water dripping from muffler

Tiny
JDSALINGER
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I have a 2003 Ford Ranger Supra 4.0L 4WD with 84K miles. There is a water type substance (not oil, leaves no residue nor does it burn) dripping very steadily from two holes on the underside of the muffler. I have checked all fluid levels, and all are normal (including coolant, but I had an oil change today so I dont know if it was low). About two months ago I had the rear main seal fixed, however I am told there is still some kind of leak (seaping) near the rear main seal still each time I have had the oil changed. There is no water on the dip stick for the oil (then again I dont know how I would really tell). I am very lost, any ideas on what it might be, is it safe to drive around? If it is safe is there any thing I should monitor so I do not do any more damage? Thank you-
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Sunday, November 25th, 2007 AT 3:07 AM

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Tiny
MHPAUTOS
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Hi there,

No need to worry, this is quite normal, water, H2o is a by product of the combustion cycle. When the engine is cold the water vapor condenses back into a liquid, the small hole is provided so that it can escape rather than sit and rust the exhaust, when the engine is at operating temp the water vaper is basically super heated steam and not visible.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Sunday, November 25th, 2007 AT 3:25 AM
Tiny
JDSALINGER
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Thank you, for that and that would make sense. However there seemed to be an excessive amount of fluid leaking out. I would say that there was almost a gallon of fluid that leaked out. And it would only leak out when the truck was running, but that might make sense since the exhaust would be pushing that water back. It just seemed like a lot of water.
Thanks again- JD
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Sunday, November 25th, 2007 AT 12:03 PM

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