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Old 07-30-2001, 12:09 PM
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92 190e 2.6 question

Hi,
Over the weekend I noticed a small puddle of dark brown-rust colored thick fluid underneath the car. It smelled like dirty socks and it dried off the next day. Again, yesterday I noticed this leak but it was just a few drops. I checked all the fluid levels(oil, trany, coolant..) and they seem to be fine. Any idea on what this might be. Any advise or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 07-30-2001, 12:19 PM
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One of the most important clues is exactly WHERE under the car is the fluid? Is it under the transmission, engine, which corner of the engine, etc?


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Old 07-30-2001, 12:23 PM
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It appears to be underneath the torque converter.
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Old 07-30-2001, 12:31 PM
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It appears to be underneath the torque converter.
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If it evaporates, it is water. If it leaves a slimy residue, it is coolant, so if not - I would suspect either rainwater or A/C condensate. If the former, there are several drains located at various spots in the car where water can collect, and any can become clogged with debris - later slowly draining out. Shop-vac debris where you can from these areas. If the latter, mold and dirt can collect in the condensate tray, and a 'dirty-socks' smell probably means you should clean out the tray.

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Old 07-30-2001, 01:17 PM
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Steve,
Thanks for your reply. It left a dry dark brown/rusty residue after the liquid dried off. I will check the condensation tray and other outlets this week.
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Old 08-01-2001, 08:17 AM
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smk,

Since the residue is not oily, it almost has to be a/c condensate. This is normal. There is a condensation drain below the evaporator that allows any condensed water to drain out. There will be a larger puddle under the car on damp days.

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Thanks Larry. I noticed the last three days there was no drainage at all.
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