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That new car smell !!!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TSUNAMI*22, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. Nov 6, 2007 at 11:15 AM
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    TSUNAMI*22

    TSUNAMI*22 [OP] Obama can suck-it

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    Anyone out there experiment with any aftermarket scents? Which one smells like that new car smell the closest?

    I hope there's one out there that really comes close because what I've been doing is applying different sprays and such to the cabin air filter and reinstalling it. Then when the fan draws air through it the scent comes with it. Works like a charm without being overpowering.

    Use your favorite cologne, for example.

    What I'd like to do is cut thin strips of leather and fit them between the folds of the filter.

    Sound like a good idea?
     
  2. Nov 6, 2007 at 11:27 AM
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    cvillechopper

    cvillechopper Jackass to the masses

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    I would avoid putting the strips of leather in your filter. You'll find yourself with much less air flow at the vents. But at least it'll smell nice;)
     
  3. Nov 6, 2007 at 11:31 AM
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    TSUNAMI*22

    TSUNAMI*22 [OP] Obama can suck-it

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    I've only had the truck for 2 weeks and I was surprised to see how much crap accumulated in the filter in that short time!

    Earwigs, knats, flies, feathers, sand,....Jimmy Hoffa Sr., it was amazing!:D
     
  4. Nov 6, 2007 at 9:09 PM
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    TuRDTACO

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    where are the filters located at in the truck? i'll tape a dryer sheet to mine haha, i used to tape them to my ass when i had nasty gas, it always filtered it and made it smell like poopy flowers haha
     
  5. Nov 6, 2007 at 9:46 PM
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    TSUNAMI*22

    TSUNAMI*22 [OP] Obama can suck-it

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    Not to be a smart-ass, but there's this thing called an operators handbook, it has tons of stuff in there about where stuff is and how to get to it. There's even pictures and stuff. LOL ;)

    It'll even tell you why your "maintenance required" light comes on at 4,500 miles and then stays on at 5,000. :D

    I know, I know,.....pesky reading and all.

    The filter is located under the glovebox in the 2.7's. The directions are in the vicinity of page 235-245 somewhere (I don't have it handy to be sure).
     
  6. Nov 6, 2007 at 10:17 PM
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    TuRDTACO

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    i knew about the light lol, i just dont know where my owners manual is so i wanted to cheat
     
  7. Nov 6, 2007 at 10:37 PM
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    TSUNAMI*22

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    1. You have to open your glove box.
    2. On the right side you'll see what looks like a black shock absorber.
    3. Unhook the shock absorber thingy by pulling it off the nipple attached to the glove box.
    4. Grasp the glove box on both sides and (compress the sides inward) and pull the glove box out. It's really easy to do this.
    5. Behind the glove box there's a black box with (2) horizontal plastic latches/tabs. Unlatch by pulling down on those tabs.
    6. with the door pulled down from the top, you should see a white filter. Pull out directly towards you (carefully).

    Replace by doing everything in reverse.

    Note: once you've detached that shock thingy it'll be a bitch to get it extended to go back over the nipple you removed it from. The easiest way is to have a thin blade screwdriver or a hook-shaped wire to pull it back down so you can reattach it to the glovebox.

    The whole process takes about 3 minutes.
     
  8. Nov 7, 2007 at 3:49 AM
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    Viper-2

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    I've had my truck for 4 months now and my filter is still real clean.
     
  9. Nov 7, 2007 at 6:01 AM
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    Thanks for that info! !! I wasn't aware that I even had a cabin air filter!! I only have 250 miles on my Taco so I don't have to worry about it yet but I'll check it from time to time:)

    Thanks
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  10. Nov 7, 2007 at 7:47 AM
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    You know, in that same mysterious owners manual Tsunami referred to, it also has a suggested maintenance schedule. On that schedule, it includes a recommendation of how often you should check the cabin filter.
     
  11. Nov 7, 2007 at 7:56 AM
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    Thanks for that heads up, I'll be sure to take time to look at that when my maintenance is due:D
     
  12. Nov 7, 2007 at 8:01 AM
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    I've got about 7000miles on my Tacoma. Anyone get any weird smells from their HVAC when they turn it on. I've checked the filter for any foreign objects but came up empty.
     
  13. Nov 7, 2007 at 9:29 AM
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    I've had that in every vehicle I've owned. I call it the burrito supreme effect. It varies from week to week, but is fairly consistent in observed reactions of passengers. I really must contact the manufacturers about this defect.:D
     
  14. Nov 7, 2007 at 11:03 AM
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    Yes. I've been researching that. It happens because the evaporator fins are so tightly placed, they do not easily dry out. You end up with fungus or something growing in there.

    There are options, and I haven't done any of them. Run the fan on high heat for a few miles before you get home. (My commute is only 2 miles.) There is an access panel under the hood that allows access to the evaporator. You need to spray some stuff on there to clean it. I might try lysol. Then there is a product that you run a 3 foot hose up the drain hose and squirt an aerosol can of a foaming cleaner. I believe the product was called "Evaporator Odor Eliminator." I don't have a link for the one I have seen.
     
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    Those last two should also work on the burrito supreme effect.
     
  16. Nov 8, 2007 at 4:22 AM
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    Yeah I get this too when I use the A/C. I heard about that fungus thing before...is it dangerous or anything? Like mold spores or something? :eek:
     
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    Sorry I don't know why with 2days technology they cannot duplicate that smell. I think its the majority of all the new plastic,leather,carpet,cloth,etc all rolled into 1
     
  18. Jan 12, 2008 at 7:50 PM
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    about everyone likes that new car smell...its gotta be bad for ya...yea the essence of bad carcinogens
     
  19. Jan 13, 2008 at 6:07 AM
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    I'm definitely in the minority. Hate new car smell, and I can't wait for all that crap to finally outgas in my 08.
     
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