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3rd Generation Tacomas will eventually smell like old socks

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by denver osborne, Nov 21, 2020.

  1. Nov 22, 2020 at 8:27 AM
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    Taco_Coma

    Taco_Coma Go West Lloyd

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    you can try to Ozone it
     
  2. Nov 22, 2020 at 8:33 AM
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    I had this happen to me last summer in the mountains. Big temp difference between the inside of the truck and the outside and it stunk for the first couple of minutes after I started driving. I thought a Mouse had died in the HVAC or something, but then it went away. I never looked into it too far. I'll be curious to see what you find!
     
  3. Nov 22, 2020 at 8:34 AM
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    Seems like TW gave you a good list of places to look. It does sound/smell like water is getting inside somewhere. I'll add one thing which probably won't help your scenario, not sure if it has been said yet...

    Run your heat on max, fan on high, A/C on, all vents, all defrosters, for 15 minutes or more. This will dry out your system and get rid of most smells in the system. This can be done on any vehicle.

    Goodluck!
     
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  4. Nov 22, 2020 at 9:44 AM
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    Mrtacoman88

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    Husky floor mats will prevent any water getting on the carpet. I have them and they are great. Can even get in with muddy shoes, no problem.
     
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  5. Nov 22, 2020 at 10:18 AM
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    A few listed in the signature
    I had the same problem about a year into owning the truck. I fixed it in an overkill fashion.

    Here is what I did:

    - Toyota tub style floor mats to keep the carpet dry
    - Changed my cabin air filter, which I do every 3-6 months due to my allergies
    - Ensured my brake light at the back was sealed ($1 worth of RTV silicone)
    - Used AC Evaporator cleaner (Frost King from Lowes worked great)
    - Never run recirculation on the HVAC system

    The used product coming out of the evaporator was not pretty. I'd recommend everyone do it truthfully. I also did the evaporator drain hose mod as well, so it angles the drain downwards and it also exits in the wheel well instead of dripping onto the frame.
     
  6. Nov 22, 2020 at 10:20 AM
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    This stuff doesn't cover up, it eliminates. Take it from a cigar smoker. You're welcome

    61wcus6dlyL._AC_SX425_.jpg
     
  7. Nov 22, 2020 at 1:32 PM
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    This - I didn’t use recirc all summer in the humid southeast this summer and my truck did not smell like old socks as it has before
     
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  8. Nov 22, 2020 at 2:42 PM
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    j-utah Back off Warchild, seriously.

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    Can the AC drain hose can come loose in the cabin? :notsure:
     
  9. Nov 22, 2020 at 2:54 PM
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  10. Nov 22, 2020 at 2:54 PM
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    The canopy is the best part.
    I don't have an old sock smell but I sure have the smell of two drooly dogs.
     
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  11. Nov 22, 2020 at 4:18 PM
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    wipe your ass better?

    lol ok so all the recommendations are good and I have nothing to add, but the ac drain, you wouldn't believe how easily those things clog...specially if you have dirt dobbers around
     
  12. Nov 22, 2020 at 8:17 PM
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    I'm betting on the third brake light leak. Seems to be fairly common on the early models. Easy to check for, just look for water running down somewhere under the rear window.
     

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