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Hey guys, I've been trying to figure this out. Came across this little "eHow" list on how to clean out some stenches from cars, figured I would post it here:
- Clean your car as thoroughly as possible.
- Get out any trash and items inside your car. Clear it completely out, making sure to check under the seats.
- Wipe the car inside with cleaning product. Vacuum the rug and upholstery inside the car.
- Shampoo the inside of the car. Open the windows to air out the vehicle.
- If the odor is due to mildewing water leaks, then you may not be able to get out that funky smell until you can stop the rain water from coming in.
- Spray carpet with Lysol for mildew.
- Armed with a spray bottle of a quality odor neutralizer, begin by opening the hood of your car in a well ventilated (preferably outdoor) location.
- Start the engine and set the parking brake for safety. Next, place the AC and FAN on full. Important: make sure the "fresh air/recirculate" setting is in the FRESH AIR (outside air) position.
- Go to the front fender side of the car (usually the passenger side) and look in the engine compartment and find the ac/heater AIR INTAKE, sometimes called the cowl vent. Different vehicles use different air intake vent configurations but all are just below the bottom edge of the windsheild, normally on the passengers side, and all have some sort of screen, grid or louvers covering the intake.
- Liberally spray the deodorizer directly into the intake screen.
- After a few sprays, get back in the car and smell to determine if the deodorizer is circulating through the AC system. Repeat if necessary. This application should treat the air conditioning EVAPORATOR, BLOWER and DUCTING..the places where smoke and odor particles will collect.
- Now, switch the AC/Heater control to FULL HEAT, leaving the engine run, the air control in "fresh air" position and the FAN on full.
- Go back outside the car and repeat the spray treatments into the air intake as you did in step 4.
- By switching to the HEAT position, the deodorizer is now treating the HEATER CORE, BLOWER and DUCTING..another place that odors will hide.
- Repeat spraying if necessary.
Now, can anyone tell/show me where the "cowl vent" is on our cars?
My old boss had a mold killing company (for homes) but he had these little Ozone machines that could be used in cars. One of my co worker's cars had been smoked in for 6 years and it smelled like crap, but after 1 hour of the Ozone machine treatment, it smelled like NOTHING. Amazing...but not easy to get a hold of, obviously lol.
2009 DGM WRX 5-door w/ STI short shifter. Stock...for now.
Well, wow! Yea, I think that was the right place! Man whew the car like fumed up with Lysol like crazy. I guess that's one way to clean your air ducts!
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Then I did the Lysol and "Air Sanitizer" through the cowl vent and it really cleaned it out. The previous owner smoked in the car, and I just could never get the traces of it out of there, but now it's gone
Just curious, what exactly happend in your car that caused it to stink so much?? Did Cheezybacon ride in it or something?
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Don't forget to also replace your cabin air filter. You can also spray the new filter with deoderizer to keep the fresh smell coming.
Dude you forgot the wash your balls step...
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