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A/C smell

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Jerry B., Jul 21, 2021.

  1. Jul 21, 2021 at 1:30 PM
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    Jerry B.

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    My 2020 just turned a year old (10 k miles). I noticed this morning when I put the AC on a foul odor came from the air vents... smells like dirty socks... what are the best ways of getting rid of this? I watched a YouTube video and sprayed Lysol into the intake vents there in front of the windshield. Will that take care of it?
     
  2. Jul 21, 2021 at 1:34 PM
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    Hopefully it’s not a Freon leak, those have a very distinct smell.
     
  3. Jul 21, 2021 at 1:35 PM
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    Have you changed your cabin air filter?
     
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    Turn off recirculate for a few minutes while running the AC.
     
  5. Jul 21, 2021 at 1:38 PM
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    Clearwater Bill

    Clearwater Bill Sometimes when I close my eyes, I can't see.

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    Pull your air filter and see if dead vermin are there.

    If so, we'll give you a link on how to prevent that.
     
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    Thank you. That's some good advice. I'm going to check my cabin air filter now...
     
  8. Jul 21, 2021 at 2:32 PM
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    I took out the cabin air filter and look what I found. There were actually maggots in there along with a small dead mouse.
    How could a mouse get in there?

    20210721_172349.jpg
     
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    Maybe you should just pop the hood open and look for any chewed wires and nests. Just to be sure. They are sneaky and have gotten more than one fellow member here. More than likely it came in by the vent for fresh air whish is in the plastic cowl behind the hood, bottom of the windshield. He looks small so they can fit anywhere...
     
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  10. Jul 21, 2021 at 2:54 PM
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    I was shocked to see the air filter like that. It actually had maggots crawling on it from the dead mouse. :eek: I ordered a new Fram filter from Amazon and it will be here tomorrow...
    Thanks Clearwater! So... How do I prevent this from happening again ???
     
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    So that works as well? I went through all of this with the odor and spraying lysol through vents and running heat full blast (worked great btw). I've now gotten in the habit of running the heat for a few minutes before turning truck off to not only dry out coils but kill any bacteria. Not exactly comfortable when its 115+ out here in the desert. Does the outside ambient air pass over the coils if you have controls set to off? Sorry if that's a dumb question.
     
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    An that is one beat-down filter!
     
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    Wow! That happens a lot actually. Definitely check your engine bay for any chewed up wires. I would spray lysol disinfectant everywhere cause those rodents are quite nasty. Glad you found the issue! I was going to mention what someone else said to use evaporator cleaner
     
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    Holy shit, when did you last check that?
     
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    You need to leave the fan on so air is blowing across, just turn the AC button off. I’ve been doing this with all my cars for 20 years of driving and never had an issue with “musty” smells, assuming that’s the reason for the OPs issue. Usually once the mold or mildew is on the coils cleaning is required to remove it.
     
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    Here’s a thread on putting in some screens around the air intake areas to help with this very problem. :thumbsup:https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/cabin-air-intake-screen-mod.566441/
     
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    Taco_Coma That's a lovely accent you have. New Jersey?

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    Do you park outside or in a garage? With a mouse getting in there I would def look to see if there's any chewed wires
     
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    That's what I figured, will carry on with what I'm doing
     
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    Holy shit
     

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