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Old 10-02-2010, 09:49 PM   #1
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Default Removing trans oil smell from carpet??????

I changed my trans fluid and when I was taking it to the auto parts store to get rid of it, some spilled on the carpet behind the passenger side seat. Now I have scrubbed the carpet with Dawn dish soap and then rubbed it in, then vacumed it up with a shop vac. I have done this twice already and there is still some smell of trans fluid in the car. And as many of you know trans fluid smells horrible. So I am wondering what else I can use to get read of the smell in the carpet???? All suggestions are appreciated


Word to the wise........anytime u transport and oil in your car MAKE sure it is sealed propperly





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Old 10-02-2010, 10:12 PM   #2
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Oh man... I feel your pain. I had a 5 GALLON pail of used gear oil spill over in the bed of my pickup once when the lid came off. That was 4 years ago. I still smell it.

You'll probably have to take the carpet completely out to do it right. The Dawn is a good start, but it the fluid probably went right through to the floor.
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Old 10-02-2010, 11:08 PM   #3
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You could try renting one of those Rug Doctor things and cleaning the whole interior. I did mine this weekend and it smells and looks a whole lot better. But yeah with that much taking the whole carpet out might be a better solution.
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Old 10-02-2010, 11:36 PM   #4
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My carpet was soaked in coffee when i got my car of an action. Smell was just horrible. I took out the carpet and used some 409 carpet cleaner with a brush and a garden hose. Worked wonderful for me.
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Old 10-03-2010, 12:18 AM   #5
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I would also look in the padding below the carpet if you can get underneath the carpet to look at it. You may have the carpet pretty close to clean, but the padding may be soaked as well.
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Old 10-03-2010, 01:51 PM   #6
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Would sprinkling baking soda around the car make a dent in the smell?
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Old 10-03-2010, 02:49 PM   #7
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You're never going to get the smell out. Buy a new carpet. You can pick one up from a partout for less than $100.

I've spilled gear oil on stuff and despite multiple cleanings and washings it still stinks years later. If I get a lot of gear oil on clothes now, I just toss them.
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:15 PM   #8
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You're never going to get the smell out. Buy a new carpet. You can pick one up from a partout for less than $100.

I've spilled gear oil on stuff and despite multiple cleanings and washings it still stinks years later. If I get a lot of gear oil on clothes now, I just toss them.
I agree with this. Especially if it's soaked into the jute/padded backing. You'll spend more than $100 in supplies and labor/headache to remove it.
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:54 PM   #9
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new carpet is the only real solution. you will NEVER get that smell completely out. just wait till you think its all better then you park it in the parking lot on a hot summer day. *barffff*

carpets are cheap.
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Old 10-08-2010, 12:39 PM   #10
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Default try a pet odor remover

i have this stuff i got at the pet store, brampton company orange power stain and odor remover, i got it for my dog who pissed on the couch, it works great, and it soaks in to the under rugs and cushions and literally destroys the odor, i use it for anything now, havent tried on oil but its worth a shot if you still have the problem
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Old 10-10-2010, 11:58 AM   #11
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Thanks guys. But I didnt spill a ton of fluid, a bead of it just dripped down the side of the bottle. I will try some of the suggestions stated above and I will report back with any results.

But.......I thought our carpets were lined with something on the back that didnt allow water/fluids to penitrate down to the metal though?

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Old 10-12-2010, 09:36 PM   #12
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coffee ground. let it sit on the carpet over night. sounds really odd i know, but i've done this and it worked.
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:51 AM   #13
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new carpet is the only real solution. you will NEVER get that smell completely out. just wait till you think its all better then you park it in the parking lot on a hot summer day. *barffff*

carpets are cheap.
Sooo true! My first subaru I got smelled of gear oil pretty bad but when it got hot out it smelled 100X worse. At the time I was unfamiliar with gear oil so I didn't know what the smell was coming from. I steam cleaned the carpets twice sprayed odor removing sprays and febreeze on them and got air fresheners and nothing even helped. That car was sold a couple years ago but for 3 years it smelled like ****.

It wasn't until recently that I figured out what the smell was. I use my mom's garage to work on my cars and she asked me to take all the empty bottles to my house because she doesn't have recycling so I threw them all in a box and put it in my car and one of the containers was Redline 75w90 gear oil and I guess some of it must have dripped out even though it was empty and got on the carpet. It's been months and it still smells and I took the floor mat that it was sitting on out and left it in the rain for weeks and let it dry inside and haven't put it back in my car but I think the smell slowly faded without the mat in there. I haven't checked to see if the mat still smells. When this happened I noticed the smell was all too familiar in my car and my heart sank because I felt like I was reliving that all over again. I remembered when I got the car the previous owner had included a rear diff because he said the diff was bad and it turned out to be 3 bad wheel bearings. He must have had the diff in the back of the wagon and got gear oil in the carpeting.

Be very careful with fluids in your car especially gear oil. It's horrible. You should definitely torch your carpet and buy a new one.
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:31 PM   #14
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Remove carpet, or get as much surface area as possible
Good Shampoo
Good Vac
Good Brush
Good Hose
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:00 PM   #15
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You're never going to get the smell out. Buy a new carpet. You can pick one up from a partout for less than $100.

I've spilled gear oil on stuff and despite multiple cleanings and washings it still stinks years later. If I get a lot of gear oil on clothes now, I just toss them.
this....no doubt

If anybody remembers the OLD REALLY stinky gear oil.....

I washed a pair of coveralls with a rag in the pocket, that I had used to wipe up a puddle of OLD gear oil......the gear oil didnt get much more than wet....and it went into the dryer

that whole load of clothes went in the trash and the dryer went to the dump
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I'd like anyone to show me where Subaru Carpets are "cheap"... unless you hvae a 99-01 there is nothing in the aftermarket for them. The OE is hella-expensive & on the forums people treat them like the gold they are, especially STi Blue ones.

I got lucky I picked up '04 STi blue for $100 shipped... that doesn't happen ever.

As for hard core smells in the pad/jute backing... look for Car Brite Mal-Odor. I will try to find you a link. Its a professional/detail shop product.

If you email or call Car Brite they will refer you.

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Old 04-26-2011, 06:13 PM   #17
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www.carbrite.com

http://www.carbrite.com/Products/Int...TERACTANT.aspx

I emailed them & they even let me order through a local dealer at cost for my shop, since I don't order enough to warrant a weekly stop. They are great.

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Old 04-26-2011, 06:25 PM   #18
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this....no doubt

If anybody remembers the OLD REALLY stinky gear oil.....

I washed a pair of coveralls with a rag in the pocket, that I had used to wipe up a puddle of OLD gear oil......the gear oil didnt get much more than wet....and it went into the dryer

that whole load of clothes went in the trash and the dryer went to the dump
Do you remember the limited slip additives that smelled like skunk piss? It was enough to make your nose hairs curl.
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:40 PM   #19
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You should pull the carpet and wash it with oxy clean. That should work. If it doesn't then just buy new carpet. I find deals on sti carpet for like 50 bucks so I know it wont be hard to find
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Old 04-29-2011, 07:45 PM   #20
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oxyclean doesn't do jack for oil/grease. What I have used in the past on floor mats is powered Tide. Just get the carpet wet, rub some Tide in it. Let it sit for a an hour or two. Shop-Vac , rinse, Shop-Vac, rinse, dry it in the sun. Tide also works awesome for oil spills in the driveway
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:09 PM   #21
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In the future, tie the used oil containers up in a garbage bag and put them in the trunk.
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