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Old 04-13-2006, 05:25 PM   #1
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Question mold/dirty smell from the AC

ever since I bought my WRX last May, every time the AC would kick in, it would be followed by a moldy smell. It doesn't bother me all that much, but with the warmer weather returning, it seems like it has gotten a bit worse.

is there any kind of air filter to replace or way to clean out the AC air system?

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btw, its a WRX limited w/ cold weather climate package.. yes, in texas..
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Old 04-13-2006, 05:57 PM   #2
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It's been discussed numerous times before. I found a more recent discussion for you:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ghlight=mildew
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Old 04-13-2006, 06:10 PM   #3
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you can replace your cabin air filter and should do so. it is behind the glove box and the instructions that come with it, should you choose to buy it from the dealer, are fine. while you have it out, turn your fan on high, spray lysol in the intake vents under the windshield, and that should take care of the smell (along with the new filter).
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Old 04-13-2006, 06:54 PM   #4
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ok. so, I don't know if I have the air filter option, I see no markings on the passanger side door for any signs of a decal stating that I have it. how do I remove the glovebox? I checked around the door, but I cant seem to find a way to remove it. does it pop right off? is there a latch that I'm missing to see?

again thank for putting up with my n00bish questions.
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Old 04-13-2006, 11:04 PM   #5
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There are ten screws holding the glovebox up. One of them is a plastic screw/clip on the right side - don't forget to remove that one. Check the pics in this thread:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...lovebox+screws

It's for an STI, but your's should be the same, or similar.
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Old 04-13-2006, 11:10 PM   #6
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thanks!

I may just disable my DRL while I'm at it thank ya hank

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Old 04-14-2006, 01:53 PM   #7
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I have heard of a foam mold killer that you can put in your air vents... but I can't remember the name of it...grrr. But try the parts counter at your auto supply or (i think) the ford dealer.
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Old 04-14-2006, 01:58 PM   #8
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thanks!

I may just disable my DRL while I'm at it thank ya hank
It's a lot easier to disable them from the engine bay.


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Old 04-14-2006, 03:24 PM   #9
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It's a lot easier to disable them from the engine bay.


-Matt
Per Mulder's response for DRLs in the engine bay:

"It is only a dropping resistor in the engine bay. Removing it will disable the DRLs on stock headlights, however the main module inside the car remains active. In the event the lights are modified later, particularly if HIDs are installed, the DRL function may return. It's best to disconnect the main DRL module by the glovebox so they are gone for good."
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Per Mulder's response for DRLs in the engine bay:

"It is only a dropping resistor in the engine bay. Removing it will disable the DRLs on stock headlights, however the main module inside the car remains active. In the event the lights are modified later, particularly if HIDs are installed, the DRL function may return. It's best to disconnect the main DRL module by the glovebox so they are gone for good."
But for the other 95% of us, just disconnect it from the engine bay in 1 minute.

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Old 04-14-2006, 04:11 PM   #11
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the smell is gone, I removed the filter and it was the color of BLACK DEATH. gave the AC a good spray of Lysol. and I'm going to make a DIY filter ready for my next oil change. for now, I'll run without one.

I also popped off the DRL module, easy as pie. as I had the glovebox off already, its no bigge

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Old 04-14-2006, 04:20 PM   #12
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But for the other 95% of us, just disconnect it from the engine bay in 1 minute.

-Matt
If time is of the main concern here, it has taken many others less than a minute also to just reach up behind the glovebox to unplug the main DRL module.
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Old 04-15-2006, 02:25 AM   #13
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other owners used to buy the same size filter from Home Depot... I'm not sure if they still carry it, but it was under 10 bux
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Old 04-15-2006, 10:21 AM   #14
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You can make your own filters with materials purchased at Home Depot, but they won't be the right size. Some cutting is needed.
More info in this thread-
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=476514
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