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Old 08-24-2003, 07:16 PM   #1
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Thumbs down staaanky air conditioner

stinky air conditioner weve all heard of this and read the forums and the search is temp down again <man this site needs more servers>

anyways in my 99 rs where do i spray lysol

ive sprayed it in the part behind the glovebox where is the other one
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Old 08-25-2003, 01:01 AM   #2
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Why not learn to turn the air conditioner off before stopping the vehicle so the moisture has time to evaporate, preventing the problem in the first place?
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Old 08-25-2003, 12:24 PM   #3
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ive tried...and it wont stop the stank
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Old 08-26-2003, 07:22 AM   #4
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The dealer or a local parts store will have a special cleaner just for cleaning the A/C evaporator core. It must be sprayed right on the core. I think it's called Frigi-clean or something like that.
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Old 08-26-2003, 03:54 PM   #5
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We have a Escalade over here that is bad. You run in a store for a minute come right back and you get the worst smell its like rotting smelly gym socks that were in a foot locker in the Arizona desert heat for years. Sometimes its enough to make me gag.
I will have to look into this Frigi-clean

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Old 08-27-2003, 10:55 AM   #6
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You need to sacrifice maximum a/c performance for a little while and run fresh air through it for a few days.

My a/c never stinks even though the car is 12 years old. hat's because I rarely use the recirculating feature...
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Old 08-30-2003, 03:39 PM   #7
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I've been in the car business for 30 years and delt with this complaint on many different cars from all different manufacturers.
It is caused by bacteria/mildew growing in any standing water left in the evaporator after running the A/C (normal condition-can be reduced by taking steps to dry out the heater/AC system-but this can take a while depending on local temperature or humidity).
After trying all the different chemicals available, the best solution I've used (which works every time) is this:
Get a bottle of liquid lemon Lysol and a plant sprayer bottle. Mix up a solution of Lysol and water as strong as possible without killing yourself with the smell. Set your heater controls for fresh air intake with A/C on at full fan speed. Spray the Lysol solution into the fresh air intake grate located in front of the windshield behind the rear of the hood (you can hear the air going in there), until you can smell the Lysol inside the car. This will kill the smell for about 6 months. It has never failed (this technique was discovered by one of my customers with a Toyota Supra-she was a doctor's wife and was gagging with the smell in her car-she tried different things until this proved the best).
Good luck-
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Old 08-30-2003, 04:08 PM   #8
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Thank you Subaru of Santa Cruz!
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