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    Water Leek?

    I noticed a damp patch on my drive a few days ago when I was on my way out. So I made a note of it and made sure I checked the parking bay I parked in was clear before parking.

    Do the shopping, reverse out of the bay and there is another damp patch there, so I deffo have a leak of some sort. Got out of the car and rubbed me hand in it to see if it was oil or water and it was water. So I checked the water level and it was still at max, where it had been the last time I checked it.

    But I am still getting these damp patches appearing on my drive and where ever I park. I was talking about it today at work and someone told me that it would be the CC unit in car, something to do with the condenser.

    Is this right? my water lever has not gone down at all in the last few days, but the water must be coming from somewhere.

    Should I book it in to get looked at or is it just the CC unit? Can't say that I had ever noticed it before.
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    Does your car have aircon ??

    If so then damp patches are to be expected. Aircon removes moisture from the air amongst other things and dumps it out the bottom of the car, normally when parked up....


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    Originally posted by Richie
    Does your car have aircon ??

    If so then damp patches are to be expected. Aircon removes moisture from the air amongst other things and dumps it out the bottom of the car, normally when parked up....
    I have climate control, which is the same as air con I think.

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    could be aircon. if you notice them on the drive after the cars been parked then it would suggest something thats dripping continueously rather than simply something that drips after you stop. are you sure its not oil or wiper fluid?
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    Yes, CC is a fancy air-con. Air-con is just lie a cold version of your heater i.e. it blows cold refridgerated air whereas climate control takes it one step further in that it monitors the temperature of the cabin and manipulates flaps and vents to keep the temperature constant whatever the ambient temp is at.



    As the air-conditioner also dries the air to a certain extent thru a condensor then it will dump this water out normally when the car is parked....


    I wouldnt worry about it TBH.... Try keeping the CC off for a few days and see if it stays dry after day 2/3


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    On the parts of the AC/CC system that get cold atmospheric water can condense on the outside and then drip off. Why you'd have it set to cold this time of year though I don't know, so I like the filtering explanation more.

    Rich :¬)

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    More than likely the compressor, our Focus usually drips.

    Why are you driving around with the compressor turned on though?
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    It's not set to cold, it's set to 22c, I just push the Auto button.

    I'll keep an eye on the water level over the next few days see if it goes down. I checked the wiper bottle and that was still full and it is definitely not oil.

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    Bit of a waste having it turned at this time of year though?
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    Do you push the little 'Clear windscreen' button? Because that would turn the AC on to blow dry air on your windscreen.

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    Originally posted by Shad
    Bit of a waste having it turned at this time of year though?
    Nope... If you leave it off for extended periods then the pipes and joints will dry out as the AC oil is not circulated thru it resulting in damage.

    Always run your aircon for at least 20 mins every few days.


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    Originally posted by Richie
    Nope... If you leave it off for extended periods then the pipes and joints will dry out as the AC oil is not circulated thru it resulting in damage.

    Always run your aircon for at least 20 mins every few days.
    I was told this when I boguht the car. That's why I just leave it set to auto.

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    Having it on all the time wont harm anything except your MPG a tiny bit as it uses a bit more ptrol to run the compressor etc....

    If you run it all the time then damp patches under the car is PERFECTLY NORMAL. I didnt make this up BTW, its in the user manual of my own car which has climate control.... If you notice, the windscreen clears REALLY quickly with air-con on due to the condensor drying the air to a certain level. This water has to go somewhere so its dumped out the bottom of the car when parked up....


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