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Cabin filter smell...

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by EastVanTaco, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Jul 11, 2018 at 11:26 AM
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    EastVanTaco

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    Anyone ever tried putting some smelly oil ... Like the aroma therapy stuff.... A few drops on the cabin filter?
     
  2. Jul 11, 2018 at 11:31 AM
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    I haven’t but they do sell air fresheners you lay on them so I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
     
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  3. Jul 11, 2018 at 11:40 AM
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    I add a few drops of Vanilla extract on mine when I'm in the mood.
     
  4. Jul 11, 2018 at 11:43 AM
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    Lol im not even sure if that was a joke lol since i do love me some vanilla lol
     
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  5. Jul 11, 2018 at 11:45 AM
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    No I was being serious but it only lasts about a week or two. It gets tiring smelling sweet aromas all of the time. I use a charcoal filter with baking soda so it scrubs the outside odors pretty well when I'm not adding stuff.
     
  6. Jul 11, 2018 at 11:57 AM
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    I add ecstasy to mine...
     
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  7. Jul 11, 2018 at 12:40 PM
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    I put dead mice on mine

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  8. Jul 11, 2018 at 12:42 PM
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    which charcoal filter?
     
  9. Jul 11, 2018 at 12:43 PM
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  10. Jul 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM
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  11. Jul 11, 2018 at 1:10 PM
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    and to be clear that smell is unlikely just your filter... these systems don't drain well. helps if you suck in fresh air while the A/C is on when you can but still a LOT of condensation tends to build up. for example, the last couple of SUVs I owned it took YEARS before the HVAC started to smell musky but only took a few months on the Taco.

    I tried a few different methods to clean the system but nothing really "worked" it just covered up the smell with something that smelled clean and chemical-like...

    This was my recent attempt and a month later it's still smelling good. Really important to be able to foam up the condenser coils with a good cleaner to actually KILL the bacteria and mold growing on there. Cheap as it is I'll do this a few times in the warmer months from now on... Some will say, just run hot air through the system for a few minutes before shutting the truck down. Screw that on a 95 degree humid day...

    https://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Subaru-SOA868V9315-Climate-Cleaning/dp/B00TSGYKIU
     
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  12. Jul 11, 2018 at 7:19 PM
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    Damn. It i just ordered a k&n
     
  13. Jul 11, 2018 at 7:20 PM
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    I dont have any foul odours but was thinkn of adding a smell i like.
     
  14. Jul 11, 2018 at 7:22 PM
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  15. Jul 16, 2018 at 12:59 PM
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    thanks again for this recommendation. probably the only thing I'll use from now on. had a reusable K&N but even with regular cleaning and "refreshing" it still didn't seem to "clean" the incoming air and I'd get some mucky smells through there. I smell.... nothing with this filter so far. Thanks again!
     
  16. Jul 16, 2018 at 2:49 PM
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    I have the K&N cabin filter and works just fine when I clean it and I clean the ac evaporator with Klima Cleaner by Nextzett.

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  17. Jul 16, 2018 at 2:55 PM
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  18. Jul 16, 2018 at 2:57 PM
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    Yeah, it wasn't bad at all and I thoroughly cleaned it regularly but for me personally the charcoal is the ticket! I also use the full Subaru kit and it works wonders as well!
     
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    I have put a laundry dryer sheet in there on top. Only lasts a week or two, but does work great.
     
  20. Jul 16, 2018 at 6:06 PM
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    I may have to give the charcoal filter a try in the fall during my next cleaning. Always open to new ideas :thumbsup:
     
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