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Can anyone tell me where the condensation drain hole is and how you cleared it? My Haynes doesn't show it. The box gets so full you can hear it sloshing around in there. Once I took a hard left turn and water spilled all over the carpet!

It's really humid from all the rain we have been getting. My week sailing trip got rained out, but needless to say it was a very safe 4th of July weekend
 

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I just went through that on my son's Pathfinder. Unfortunately on his, you would have to remove the heater core to get to the hole in the bottom, it was right under the core inside the box. I think the Escort is worse, as the dash has to come off. What we did on his that worked is to crawl underneath and found the end of the drain tube, then with a blow gun blasted 50 lbs of air up through. That cleared it, and on his we were able to access the debris and get it out through the resistor hole. In your case, with it full of water, you might have to repeat several times and let it drain some more as it could re-clog after the initial blast of air. In his there were dead bugs, fir tree needles and small leaves.
 

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The drain hose for this Escort and most Escorts from 1997 to 2000 is located behind the AC drier, the big black canister on the firewall on the passenger side. To access it, remove the nut that holds the drier bracket in place, move the bracket back and move the drier to the left. The drain hose exit will be located to the right towards the bottom of the drier on the firewall. Use something soft like a straw or a long twist tie to avoid damaging the sensitive AC evaporator inside the car. Move this soft object in and out of the drain hose to dislodge any debris in it. Water should gush out once the drain is cleared. When finished be sure to replace the drier bracket and reattach the nut that holds it in place.
 

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Thanks for the tip. I found it right where you said. I unbolted the dryer bracket but the A/C line to the evaporator wouldn't let me move it much. I did manage to feed a 12ga wire thru the drain hole. I was surprised nothing came out. Maybe most of it sloshed onto my carpet and slowly came out the drain.
Anyway, I'll see if "rodding" the line helped at all next time it gets hot and humid.
 

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In my 1998 Escort ZX2 it is behind the Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir which is probably in the same location as your A/C Drier canister. There are two nuts that you have to take off to remove the Reservoir.. Then I just stuck a piece of rubber hose (the washer fluid type) into the hole a couple times to clear it. (My A/C Drier Canister is in the front of the car on the passenger side right behind the radiator).
 
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