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Last week my wife reported a sound like dried leaves brushing against something on left turns. When I test drove it Saturday, I realized it was water in the blower housing sloshing around. It was actually audible all the time, but got louder on left turns. As a temporary fix, I drilled 3 small holes in the bottom of the blower housing. Approx 3-4 ounces of water drained out. Since it hadn't rained in a month, this has to be from the a/c. Plus there is always a large puddle of condensation under this car when it's parked, but that hasn't been the case lately. There is probably condensation in the a/c housing under the dash as well. Both housing covers felt cool and damp. I put a towel under the holes I drilled to catch the water, but of course, it got soaked and now the carpet is soaked as well.

The normal drain channel is obviously plugged, but where is it, and how do I get to it? I was just under the car, but didn't see it.
 

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When I started this thread last week, I did so after searching the forum, but not the web. A web search this morning for 1998 Escort A/C drain tube pulled up a YouTube video from 2019,
, as well as a thread here on the forum from 2011, A/C Drain Hole. Both had the same solution.
Turns out there is no drain tube. The a/c housing under the dash extends through the firewall just a little bit, and that's it. Can't be seen or accessed from the engine compartment because it's behind the a/c accumulator. The solution is to tap on the housing under the dash where the drain is, which dislodges the blockage. I did that, and water drained for a good 10 minutes before it slowed to a drip and eventually stopped. There's now a large puddle of water on the driveway.
 
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