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A/C Drain Hose Location

Where and how to access the condensation drain hose on a 2018 Sportage.

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No one knows? Someone in works thinks you need to access this from within the vehicle.

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idle the engine with the air running, once it starts draining onto the ground, look where the drips are landing, then inspect the area immediately above that. unless of course, your drain is blocked, in which case you are just going to have to get the vehicle up on stands and take a good look around to find it.
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if it's like on my Soul, then you can usually see a tube hanging just below the body frame on the left side, but as mentioned the easiest is just to see where it drips.
I periodically check for a wet spot under the vehicle when I'm using the a/c to make sure it's not plugged.

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Both of my Kias have the AC drain hose somewhere in front of the firewall, on the passenger's side. My Cadenza (for whatever reason) had the rubber hose plugged and kinked, which was absolutely no surprise due to how I live in Fargo, ND and our winters literally are capable to doing ANYTHING to a car, whether you think the area is protected from snow or not. I wiggled the hose, and it went back into the downward pointing home position and literally POURED out condensation water, the ground looked like a water balloon just exploded. All was well after that.
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Thanks everyone. Guess I'll have to try and crawl under there to find it. I've had a couple people tell me to access it from inside, but I don't have anymore details then that.


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Well, since the evaporator (cold thing) is inside the cabin and the water (condensate from blowing warm, moist air over the cold thing) needs to go outside the cabin, I guess it is technically feasible that you could possibly touch the drain line from inside the cabin, but what you need to do is find it outside the cabin and make sure its dripping when the AC is running. If you have water in the passenger-side floor when it hasn't been raining but you have been running the AC, it may well be plugged up or kinked during assembly like TD's. In hot weather, you typically will find a patch of wet pavement under the car where it was parked after driving it. This probably is enough evidence that it is dripping. My driveway slopes up, and anytime I drive up it after using AC, and then get out and walk back down to the mailbox, I'll see a line of water where it dripped faster going uphill, which is all I need to see to know that the water is draining out. You have to figure out your own clues based on your situation.

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