Hi, all. My little 1999 Chevy Prizm is offering me another (hopefully less dire) mystery.
This morning, driving away from work, I noticed an unexplained spatter of water-like liquid coming up onto my windshield from, it seemed, the little reservoir/evaporator/I don’t know about cars so I don’t know what it is, but it’s that thing right under the windshield that catches leaves and little twigs sometimes. First I thought it was rain (tiny splatters), then (when it didn’t hit any other window) thought a drain in that windshield “twig catcher” might be clogged and so it was spitting water back at me. It was not coming from the washer nozzles.
The water stopped spitting a few miles up the road (50 mph) and I didn’t see any signs of a problem with the engine when I faithfully checked the oil dipstick, either before I left work or later after the windshield-watering issue. The windshield washer fluid is at the level I would expect based on my usage and its recent filling.
No dash lights came on, and throughout my day, the temp gauge stayed at halfway between blue and red, just where it always is. (The scanner for OBDII codes I’ve been riding around with says the engine runs around 180F usually, once it’s been driven enough to be warmed up. My understanding is that that’s kind of low, but there doesn’t seem to be a problem with overheating, here.)
But later in the day I finally turned on the A/C. It no longer works. Huh.
Could these be related? I’ll take the car in this week, but unless it could be something serious (such as not-the-A/C, or if the A/C is hooked up to other systems that are vital to running the car and really needs to be working), I’m hoping to have a bit of fun on my “weekend” (Mon/Tue) before hauling her in for yet another trip to my helpful mechanic.