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Old 05-05-2005, 11:45 PM   #1
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Cabin Mildew Smell?

Anybody have this problem?

I know its from water collecting around Evaporator, but what does dealer do to fix it?

1) Replace Evaporator - lots of parts off/on car from interior and exterior

2) Evaporator Cleaning Foam - Can they reach the evaporator?


I heard its hard to get to, and the design allows water to pool. I am getting the smell and am looking for solutions where I won't have to have dash removed, and engine parts moved.

Thanks for any knowledge about this problem....

PS - I have a Cabin Air Filter and know this is not the cause.


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I can't help other than to say that I, too, have this problem. I only recently put in the cabin air filter, but I've had the smell for as long as I've had the car to the best of my recollection. I would be surprised to learn that it could be cleaned without some major parts removal.

Do you have the smell all the time? I only get it after running the A/C and shutting it off. If I turn it back on again, the smell goes away. I just roll down the window for a little bit after turning off the A/C to air out the cabin of the smell. For what it's worth I think pretty much every car I've ever had equipped with A/C had this problem. Is this your first car to have the "funky gym socks" A/C smell?
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Had the problem in the chevy my wife drove-- used to stop it by running the heater full blast at high temp on a highway run (all windows down). But later had to use the "Max" setting all the time so we wouldn't bring air thru the vents.
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Old 05-06-2005, 10:46 AM   #4
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I only get it after running the A/C and shutting it off.
That's the problem! This is typcially water settling on or near the evaporator and then mildewing, so when you run the AC it condenses water on the outside of the evaporator, then you turn it off and that mildew is now wet and smelly and gets blown into your cabin.

Only two real fixes are replace the evaporator (VERY INVASIVE TO A FOCUS) or there is a professional spray that you can apply to the evaporator in place.

The question I am really asking is "Does anybody know if we have access to the evaporator and can spray this stuff without dashboard/cowling removal?"

I am still under warranty and would take the spray, but don't want the car disassembled.

And for me this is the first car to have this problem...though I have smelled it in other people's cars. It makes you think "What's wrong with this person!!!"
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The best way to prevent this in the future is to turn off your A/C and leaving the Vent on for about a minute before shutting off your engine.
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Only two real fixes are replace the evaporator (VERY INVASIVE TO A FOCUS) or there is a professional spray that you can apply to the evaporator in place.
Hmm... so to get rid of the smell, you would have to REMOVE the evaporator from the car and clean it, or REPLACE it with a new one? You used the word "replace" so I'm trying to clarify this. I don't see why you would need to replace it since it's functioning properly.
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I would prefer to have it "de-mildewed" in place without having to remove the dash, cowl, steering rack, engine mount, etc...

BUT - If they are going to have to do all that JUST to clean it - FORGET IT - REPLACE IT. THat is a minimal cost compared to getting to it.

That was my point
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But to replace it you would have to break into the system, which is something I would avoid, because it opens the door for all kinds of other problems - like refrigerant leaks.
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yes ford has a deoderizer that can be sprayed into the evaporator case.it deodorizes and kills the mildew.and its not that big of a deal to replace the evaporator core just big bucks
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But to replace it you would have to break into the system, which is something I would avoid, because it opens the door for all kinds of other problems - like refrigerant leaks.
Correct observation, and another reason to deodorize (kill mildew), as the mildew is formed on the outside of the evaporator, and does not compromise the integrity of the cooling system.
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