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cant get rid of the smell

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by boybands are lame, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:34 PM
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    boybands are lame

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    i have an 01 sr5 prerunner and i cant seem to get rid of the funny smell that it had when i bought it, i took out the seats, washed those completely as well as used a carpet cleaner on the rest. It seems that the smell is coming from inside the air conditioner because when i removed the tube for the heater from behind the glove box the inside of the tube smelled more strongly than the rest of the truck. i know that there is no cabin filter, i was hoping someone might be able to help me out
     
  2. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:36 PM
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    ak47

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    can you explain the smell? do you think it could be antifreeze?
     
  3. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:39 PM
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    boybands are lame

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    no it seems to be almost a mold smell, theres a chance that its somewhere in the carpet or seats but i just wanted to make sure i wasn't overlooking something obvious
     
  4. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:46 PM
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    ak47

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    lots of pine tree air fresheners. lol jk
    theres a cleaning product out there called 'what smell' from the reviews it sounds like it works. i'd check amazon!
     
  5. Apr 13, 2010 at 12:53 AM
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    My best advice is to look into an Ozone Generator (not an ionizer). Hotels and some car dealerships use them to kill mold, get rid of smoke smell and sanitize a room or car (perhaps you've a buddy that might let you borrow one). Leaves the room or car smelling like an electrical storm just passed through. Precaution says not to stay in the room/car while operating the device, but I trust them wholeheartedly.

    Problem is they're pricey. But they do REALLY work.:thumbsup::thumbsup:

    My ex and I owned a "hot-yoga" yoga studio with 105 degree rooms and carpeting. Lots of sweat and a great place to grow some mold. But with one in the studio and one in the lobby, the place always smelled great.

    Here's some from a google search:

    This model is close to the one we purchased-
    http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/office/air-purifiers/filter/ozone-generator-10000-cubic-1

    some others
    Look at the MZ-200
    http://www.ozonesupplies.com/Residential_Ozone_Generators.html
    http://www.buyprozone.com/pz6Ainfo.htm
    Here's a rental:
    http://www.ozoneapplications.com/rental_programs.htm

    good luck and let us know what happens.
     
  6. Apr 13, 2010 at 1:49 AM
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    Take a can of lysol. Turn a/c on. Spray it in the vents on the outside, just below the windshield. It will kill any bacteria that is causing the odor.

    Or the dealer will do an a/c refresher for about $40. That will get rid of the smell. I have done the dealer one, before I learned the lysol trick.

    Oh & welcome to TW!
     
  7. Apr 13, 2010 at 1:53 AM
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    You need to set the a/c to max cool and set it to pull in OUTSIDE AIR
     
  8. Apr 13, 2010 at 1:56 AM
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    genxer36

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    Or check with the auto parts store for this:

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Apr 13, 2010 at 3:36 AM
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  10. Apr 13, 2010 at 8:21 AM
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  11. Apr 13, 2010 at 8:27 AM
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    X2, you beat me to it!!
     
  12. Apr 13, 2010 at 1:10 PM
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    Your coil is dirty & you need to blow/vacuum it out bro', do that & not only will it stop stinking , it'll get cooler/warmer easier & fan motor plus the compressor under the hood will last longer if the coil is kept clean......:D:D


    P.S. it's BBO
     
  13. Apr 13, 2010 at 1:19 PM
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    There's some really good tips on here. My wife's corolla smells like mold. I'm gonna change out the cabin filter this weekend when I get back into town, and I'll probably try the lysol sprayed into the vents to see if that does something as well.
     
  14. Apr 13, 2010 at 1:27 PM
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    when u reinstall the filter add in a dryer sheet or other air freshener :)
     
  15. Apr 27, 2010 at 8:36 AM
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    Thanks for the tip genxer.
     
  16. Apr 27, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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    Put some coffee grounds in a couple old (clean) socks and keep them under the seats for a week or so.

    Get an empty water bottle and use a 1 part Pine-Sol 3 part water mixture in it. Leave it in the cupholder for a week.

    1 week later and you should have a fresh smelling car. +1 on the lysol in the vents
     
  17. Apr 27, 2010 at 11:19 PM
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    YW:)
     
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    Awesome, this should help get rid of the smoke smell.


    Subscribed!
     
  19. Dec 16, 2011 at 7:39 PM
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    I have an older chevy truck which has a strange odor like what you're describing, very musty smell. I eventually found the odor was coming from the window tint.
     
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