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does anyone no a fix for it? or has anybosy had the same prob?
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um...what does it smell like

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Change your cabin microfilter...

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how much is that?
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Like $30 from Bavauto

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or do it the cheap way. spray some air freshner into the ac slots haha. that might work. or just put some powerfull smelling air freshner around ya car.

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does anyone no a fix for it? or has anybosy had the same prob?
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Take one can of Lysol aerosol room deodorizer and with AC on and fan on high, mode set to outside air, start spraying into the air intake just below the windshield. This should work for a short time and it is inexpensive.
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wow good call...i woulda never thought of that
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the stinky smell in the coming off the vents is usually caused by:

1. dirt deposits on the cabin microfilter : change it. takes 15-45 mins to replace depending on your mcgiver skills.

2. clogged drain. locate where the drain is under your car. try blowing compressed air into it.

3. condensation in your a/c evaporator (the alluminum fins inside the box under the dash where cold refrigerant passes). when the room temp gets hotter, the condensate becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and the bad smell. just like what happens to your damp socks sitting inside a plastic bag for days. the solution is to run your fan high, turn your heater up and recirculate the air for 15 mins with all doors and windows closed. this will dry up your evaporator. then practise the habit of turning off the A/C and leaving the fan on about 15 minutes before reaching your destination to prevent bacteria buildup. see www.airsept.com for more info. they also have this antibacterial spray that you need get into where the cabin microfilter sits. this spray places a coating on the evaporator that prevents it from holding water.

bear, spraying lysol at the air intake does not do much since the spray will only be trapped by the intervening cabin filter in models where it is present. except, of course, if you meant that you need to remove the cabin filter first before spraying.
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thank you im gonna try that its sounds pretty logical so it should work good looking out thanks
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