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Old 28th March 2012, 03:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My aircon smells of wet dog

Hi all,

I've only had my car for a couple of months and have only just used the aircon for the first time in this beautiful weather.

There is no smell whilst it's on but as soon as I turn it off there is horrible wet dog smell. The car is in with the HPC that sold it to me on Monday for its 30 month service so am I better off getting them to sort it or just buy one of those DIY anti-bacterial cleaners?

Thanks all,

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Old 28th March 2012, 04:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I used an anti bacterial cleaner on my aircon once, it was ok but it didn't seem to last very long.

You should use your aircon more regularly, its not just for warm weather it also helps to dry the interior when its cold/wet. Maybe the cleaner and more regular use will help.

I would tell the HPC about it, they may have something better than the aerosol type cleaners.
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Check your front grill for a dead, wet dog.
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Old 28th March 2012, 08:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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What breed of dog? It might help.
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Check your front grill for a dead, wet dog.
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Check the drain holes either side of the boot lid hole. These are notorious for getting blocked, which can cause water ingress. Mine spent a good few months with the air con on all the time because whenever I switched it off, the back window got a bit foggy. I cleared the drain holes with a cable tie, and the misting cleared up.
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Old 28th March 2012, 08:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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make sure that when you use the aircon it leaves water on the ground. if not you have trouble.

aircon extract water from the air and drains to a pipe under the car.

if no water drains from the hose water accumulate and rotten.
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Yes, its definitely bacteria mould in aircon system. Mine has just started with a slight wiff as you say when turning aircon off.
My wifes audi A4 (1yr old) smelt so bad of baby sick you wouldnt use aircon.

Best product by far is Forte aircon treatment. I sorted wifes car out when audi dealer couldnt.

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Not cheapest product by far but like many things you get what you pay for, as this works if applied right
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Thanks guys!

Will test the system to make sure there is water on the ground. The boot drain holes are definitely clear.

After that will try some Forte.
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I have a similar smell coming from mine as well. can anyone put me a picture up of where the drain holes are at the boot area. Or a better description. TA.
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The drain holes are difficult to see, and look a bit like they're just the gap between the plastic rear section and the metal car body. When the boot is open they are at the rear outside corners of the gulleys down each side of the boot aperture. If you poke a cable tie in there you'll eventually feel it disappear down something. That's the hole.

It seems it's just large enough for individual water molecules to line up and pass through one by one. A leaf or bit of road muck? No chance! Rainwater is filtered to remove impurities as it comes out of the clouds in Japan, I think.
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So if your A/C is working/draining correctly where should the wet patch be when the car is left running with the A/C on?
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don't know excatly on a gtr, but my guess would be passenger of the rear engine.
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