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Best way to get rid of AC Stink?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Creel, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. Apr 15, 2010 at 6:01 PM
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    Creel

    Creel [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Well its that time of the year again and things are starting to heat up. I've had to use my AC a few times now and each time I start it .. I get the wonderful smell of socks and cheese :(

    It does go away eventually or I get used to it. What is the best way to remedy the smell?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. Apr 15, 2010 at 6:02 PM
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    NWtacoma

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    have you replaced your cabin air filter?
     
  3. Apr 15, 2010 at 6:05 PM
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    Yes I just did that recently just in time for pollen season.
     
  4. Apr 15, 2010 at 6:09 PM
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    Replace your cabin air filter. Then if that doesn't work. Theres some stuff you can buy at a detail supply place that you spray in the inlet and let it circulate. Its suppose to kill any mold spores that might have formed on the evaporator. You can also spray a can of lysol in there while the AC system is on and the blower motor is on high.
     
  5. Apr 15, 2010 at 6:13 PM
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    I've also heard that before shutting off truck once in a while you should run full heat for a bit to dry the condensation out before it has a chance to cause mold, never had need to use it though so can't verify it works.
     
  6. Apr 15, 2010 at 8:20 PM
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    May be a dumb question but the air intake under the hood? :confused:
     
  7. Apr 15, 2010 at 8:27 PM
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    desertdude59

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    Get that spray for the moisture outlet or just run your a/c year long like I do in Cali
     
  8. Apr 15, 2010 at 9:42 PM
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    NelsonTacoma

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    You can spray the duct cleaner from the inside or outside, just make sure if you're doing it from the outside you have the a/c set to fresh air not recirculate. Also remove your cabin filter before you do the cleaner or it will not work and the filter will catch everything before it gets to the evaporator.

    Also at the dealership I work at (Kia) we have an a/c deodorizer kit that comes with this foam cleaner that you spray in through the evaporator drain tube and it fills the evaporator box with foam that cleans the evaporator and then turns to liquid and drains out of the system to help with the nasty gym sock smell. I'm not sure :confused: but I bet you could find something similar to this at your local parts store. It works great!!:D
     
  9. Apr 15, 2010 at 10:26 PM
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    hey guys how do you change your cabin filter out? Is there a how to thread for this?
     
  10. Apr 15, 2010 at 10:29 PM
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    Dellosa89

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    Im sure there is, just pull your glove box out, then there is a plastic door straight ahead, just open it and pull it out.
     
  11. Apr 15, 2010 at 10:43 PM
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    Never messed with the glove box before. If i go and check it out would I figure out how to take it off?
     
  12. Apr 15, 2010 at 11:01 PM
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    I use a fabric softener sheet to mask the air conditioner smell. It removes dust and adds a nice Bounce scent to the air. Try adding one to the cabin intake or just behind your floor vent. Be sure to change it out every few weeks.
     
  13. Apr 16, 2010 at 2:42 AM
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    Just get some decent smelling Lysol and spray it in the cowl.
     
  14. Apr 23, 2010 at 7:53 AM
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    My last car... Pontiac G6 would run the fan 30min after the car was turned off. It would run for 5 min and then turn off for 30 and then turn back for 5. It was something the dealer had to turn on. It fixed the problem. Can our trucks do something like that?
     
  15. Apr 23, 2010 at 8:06 AM
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    I found a way that works pretty good here in the desert climate. If you've been driving around with the A/C on, turn it off and run the fresh air only for the last few minutes before you park. That dries most of the moisture out. Then when you restart, just turn it back on. It cuts the smell at least in half.
     
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    Are these trucks suppose to drip condensation out of the system like other vehicles? Because my truck is new and the air smells, and I haven,t seen any water draining.

    Mike
     
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    If you still have your owner's manual, it tells you how to take out the glovebox.
     
  18. Apr 23, 2010 at 11:32 AM
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    My truck is brand spankin new and I get that smell every so often (we here ix the AZ haven been running the AC for a while now) and I just roll my windows down a bit to let the stink out.

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  19. Apr 23, 2010 at 11:56 AM
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    The AC condenser coils are before the heater core so turning the heat on doesn't help. What does help is shutting off the AC for the last 5 minutes or so, and running the blower fan, this dries out the coils. Stopping the mold and mildue that causes it to stink, in theory......
     
  20. Apr 23, 2010 at 2:23 PM
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    Thanks, sounds like the way to go.

     
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