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I was driving my 2000 3.8L when there was a cloud of smoke/steam came into the cabin. I shut it off and heard a high pressure hiss coming from the passenger side of the engine. Now the A/C does not work (clutch not engaging) and antifreeze is leaking from around a sensor that is plugged into a A/C line under the compressor. How are these two systems connected?
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Antifreeze? Or did you mean refrigerant?

A sudden pressure release might have frozen your cooling coil under your dash. So you may have been seeing cold vapors or whavever.
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Antifreeze? Or did you mean refrigerant?

A sudden pressure release might have frozen your cooling coil under your dash. So you may have been seeing cold vapors or whavever.
No, antifreeze dripping from the sensor housing.
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Likely the heater core is leaking. The antifreeze is draining out the AC drain.

The bad news is that the dash has to be removed to replace the heater core. I won't lie. It's a bid job (I have done it). PM if you need manuals on how to do it.

If you decide to bypass the heater core, LOOP the heater lines. Do not cut and plug them. The modular motor needs the constant water flow to prevent air from being trapped inside the motor.
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Hi,
I was driving my 2000 3.8L when there was a cloud of smoke/steam came into the cabin. I shut it off and heard a high pressure hiss coming from the passenger side of the engine. Now the A/C does not work (clutch not engaging) and antifreeze is leaking from around a sensor that is plugged into a A/C line under the compressor. How are these two systems connected?
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No, antifreeze dripping from the sensor housing.
AC takes refrigerant (it sometimes has green UV dye)

Your radiator takes antifreeze.

Which one is it? Because antifreeze did not magically get into your AC lines somehow....
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AC takes refrigerant (it sometimes has green UV dye)

Your radiator takes antifreeze.

Which one is it? Because antifreeze did not magically get into your AC lines somehow....
It appears to be antifreeze (green liquid dripping on the ground). Is the UV dye a liquid that can form a large puddle (more than a foot across) on the first leak? I drove the car a couple more times and no leaks, then today a small leak (2-3 inches across). I would understand if antifreeze was coming out of the firewall (bad heater core), but couldn't understand how it could get into the A/C lines unless there was some part the two systems had in common that I was unaware of.
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The UV dye is going to be mixed in with the oil. Did the puddle evaporate? It is unlikely that enough oil would leak to form a 1 foot puddle.

Maybe it is a small refrigerant leak that you saw, but the rest of the liquid from the puddle was just from sweat/condensation on the line?
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The UV dye is going to be mixed in with the oil. Did the puddle evaporate? It is unlikely that enough oil would leak to form a 1 foot puddle.

Maybe it is a small refrigerant leak that you saw, but the rest of the liquid from the puddle was just from sweat/condensation on the line?
Not sure if it evaporated (it's 40 miles away). I got a sample of the liquid and it's definately oil (being color blind and not able to smell makes things more interesting), so it looks like just an A/C leak.
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