I got off of work early and put the car up on jack stands. I should have taken pics, but you are correct its the drain. we really took a good look at it and with the ac dryer and other parts right above it that's what we agreed on too.
The clutch is super smooth about 98% of the time. on occasion i do feel a strong vibration but it goes away as soon as i touch the pedal. I dont know about the shop i went to though.... go in for a clutch then end up with a crack and the service engine soon light is on..
thanks for the reply.