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Damp smell in cabin after rain?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by R490, May 16, 2018.

  1. May 16, 2018 at 8:30 AM
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    R490

    R490 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Got a mildew smell going on in the cab of my truck after it rains. I can't tell where it's coming from and the carpet isn't damp.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. May 16, 2018 at 8:32 AM
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    Prayn4surf

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    I had this happen on my first gen ext cab n found my windo seal was old and no longer sealed. Since youve got a double cab id check your door seals. If not there you can spray water on the windows etc n check leaks
     
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  3. May 16, 2018 at 10:31 AM
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    Check your carpet on the passenger side close to the firewall next time it rains. This happens in my 2012
     
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  4. May 16, 2018 at 10:31 AM
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    Clarification: This is not related to rear seat stain mod.
     
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  5. May 16, 2018 at 10:32 AM
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    Understood.
     
  6. May 16, 2018 at 10:34 AM
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    cabin filter after a hard rain might be damp causing the odor
     
  7. May 16, 2018 at 10:53 AM
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    Possibly, the carpet isn't wet at all so I'm beginning to think it's related to something else.
     
  8. May 16, 2018 at 10:56 AM
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    Also just check for decaying organic debris under the back of the hood/on the fresh air intake grill. It can get packed into the upper back corners behind the hood hinges. Once soaked, hmmmmmmmm, aroma.
     
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  9. May 16, 2018 at 11:27 AM
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    Change cabin filter, place decent air deodorant in cabin and have a nice day
     
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  11. May 16, 2018 at 11:32 AM
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    Take out the cabin air filter and with the fan on full blast, spray lysol into the intake vent under the hood. Lysol kills mold/mildew and doing this will not only work it through your whole vent system but also atomize it throughout the whole cabin. Do it with the vents set to floor and dash. Also, turn the AC on and hit it then, too. This will pull the lysol over the AC compressor where mold can build up.

    I know this doesn't solve your problem of finding the cause but killing any mold before it proliferates will really help in the long run
     
  12. May 16, 2018 at 11:33 AM
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    The air doesn't smell bad though, the smell goes away when the air con is running.
     
  13. May 16, 2018 at 11:58 AM
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    I have the same issue. If it rains super hard I can notice a small damp spot in carpet on the rear pass side near the rear corner but other than that no wet carpet or noticeable leaks. I've heard it could be a bad seal on the cab itself on the backside resulting in needing to remove the bed to re-seal it.
     
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  14. May 16, 2018 at 12:04 PM
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    Could be 3rd brake light seal if that has been messed with............
     
  15. May 16, 2018 at 12:10 PM
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    I tried the lysol thing, didnt really help. But I did end up smelling that lysol stink for weeks.
     

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