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Old 07-30-2011, 02:06 PM   #1
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Unhappy Overpowereing Airfreshener...

i recently came into my possession a 2002 wrx wagon. It has been maintained very well. the only thing is.. the previous owner... LOVED air fresheners... and now... i can't get the smell out of my car. My wife can't even sit in the car because the smell is too overpowering... (i don't particularly mind that part ;0) i just don't wanna have to hear about it every damn day).

I haven't tried anything yet.. mainly because.. i don't know where to start.. i took out every air freshener i could find and put nothing in its place. hoping that time would just air it out.. but now its been about 3 months and still just as strong. The only thing i would say that would make this situation different than others is the car had custom leather installed with the original delivery of the car.

thanks for any future advice...
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Old 07-30-2011, 06:15 PM   #2
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Id say use any of the remedies for getting out bad smells would work for this. Baking soda udner the seats and such.
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Old 07-31-2011, 01:52 PM   #3
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Had the same issue in my 02 wagon, i aired it out basically every night and solved my problem by giving it a full interior detail. Unbolted the rear seats and found about 5 of the same air freshener under the seat. My advice is to check everywhere and then just give your interior a full detail.
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Old 08-01-2011, 04:33 PM   #4
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If detailing\cleaning the interior doesn't work, then check into renting a ozone generator. A proper commercial unit(not some cheap piece of crap) designed for small spaces will get rid of every smell and bit of funk in your car in one evening. It will even kill mold and mildew.
Only bad thing about them is that overuse of them can damage plastics, as ozone is a plasticizer. Just be careful and don't overdue it, and it will work really well.

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Old 08-02-2011, 08:00 PM   #5
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A really cheap solution to all of this is an odor eliminator. Usually comes in a vanilla scent. Will kill any other smells that are in your car. Normally you can find them at your local home improvement store
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:25 PM   #6
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thanks for your input guys. i put some arm n hammer baking soda in there for now, i am gonna rip out the back seats and check by the spare tire for any and all airfresheners that could be in there.

i don't mind the smell so much my wife just can not stand it... women...
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:24 PM   #7
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I wrote up a long post for you before and my internet connection short changed me. So I will drop a few ideas that I meant to post before.
Autogeek has several odor eliminators/air fresheners and a kit that you can fog the whole car with and clean the vents.
A friend of mine said he used to put apples under the front seats and go back and vacuum them out once the smell was gone. I think he said he would cut the apple up which would probably help it absorb odors quicker. I haven't tried it in a car yet but around the house and seems to help.
Also those damp rid things would probably help quite a bit too.
I would recommend thoroughly cleaning the interior: vents, HVAC system, carpets, headliner, upholstery. If you have a steam cleaner this will really help go a good job as it will pull dirt/odors out of things and disinfect everything. I say this not just to get rid of the air freshener smell that is in the car, but also to remove any odor causing particles that the air freshener could be covering up. If your car has a cabin filter change it or install one, and use a odor eliminator in that area as well before replacing the filter.
Hope this is helpful.
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:40 PM   #8
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what kind of air freshners were they? scent?
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:25 PM   #9
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:46 PM   #10
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I bought..
http://www.autogeek.net/tornador-car-cleaning-gun.html
To detail my car to get it ready to sell. You hook it up to a compressor and fill it up with All Purpose Cleaner ( i use mcguirors) then go to town. I thought my headliner was clean as i don't smoke and i have only had it for a year.. omg it was like brown and eww.
My car just has a SLIGHT smell of the all purpose cleaner but smells delicious :]
I would suggest this as you can use it on ANYTHING and use it on your motor!
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:43 AM   #11
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did you check on top of the cabin filter? thats where i put my air freshener. might be a good idea to change that one out with the oder eliminator one from walmart
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:14 AM   #12
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i would try Ozium
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:51 AM   #13
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Ozium is great...

Or I can lend you some of my kayaking gear and I promise that your car will never smell like air freshener again.
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Old 08-04-2011, 04:18 PM   #14
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Ozium is great...

Or I can lend you some of my kayaking gear and I promise that your car will never smell like air freshener again.
That's sounds like a gross idea.
Identifying the source of the smell is going to be the best bet.
And dude, trying spraying some vinegar on the kayaking gear.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:24 AM   #15
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Correct me if my math is wrong here.

Overpowering Good smell + overpowering bad smell = a fresh start with no smell?
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Old 08-21-2011, 04:54 PM   #16
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I wonder what kind of freshener was used. Every one that I have bought seems to lose it's scent after a few weeks tops.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:29 PM   #17
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:35 PM   #18
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Lol I just bought a 2.5rs 2001 yesterday and it smells nasty...like flowery and stuff. Didn't help it was sitting with Windows up in 90 degree weather but when I get the chance to see it for more than 15 minutes I'm going to open all the doors and let it sit for an hour. Hope it helps lol.
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Old 08-22-2011, 06:55 PM   #19
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I had a friend with the same problem. Turned out he had tons of air fresheners under the carpet(passenger side). We took those out and the smell was gone.
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:13 PM   #20
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Just fart and eat fast food in the car, i'm sure that fresh smell won't last
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:59 PM   #21
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Just fart and eat fast food in the car, i'm sure that fresh smell won't last
QFT.

or ozium or febreeze or half an orange peel (peel as a cup) and fill with salt (no joke, its a trick for houses, read it somewhere online) or baggie/coffee filters filled with crushed charcoal (like for bbq, but dont get any that have 'auto light fluid' get the cheapest, literally charcoal bricks and crush them up into powder, place on and under seats for a few days in the hot sun, you'll be gtg)
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Old 08-31-2011, 02:50 PM   #22
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Solution is simple: chili fries.
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