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#1 thor

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 12:33 PM

if my car is left idle for any length of time there is a bad smell to greet me when i open the door, this goes away in a few minutes after  the heater blower is turned on . i have had the car valeted but its made no differance. Any ideas please. i'm the sort of person that can change a tyre but that about my normal limit.



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 12:38 PM

if my car is left idle for any length of time there is a bad smell to greet me when i open the door, this goes away in a few minutes after  the heater blower is turned on . i have had the car valeted but its made no differance. Any ideas please. i'm the sort of person that can change a tyre but that about my normal limit.

Hi,
You need to get your pollen filter changed,
Its a filter fitted in a box generally behind or below the glove box and it filters air coming in to the car,
The filter housings can leak allowing rain in to the car if not fitted correctly,
So I recommend going to ford for a pollen filter change.
Will sort it for you straight away.

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 04:19 PM

thanks a lot for that. will do exactly that. infact i think i remember telling the garage not to bother changing that filter on the last service..



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 04:34 PM

Its a bit fiddly to do yourself but doable. It probably is the reason for the unfortunate smell!

 

Pick one up from EuroCarParts for less than a tenner, it took me half an hour or so to fit, fiddly, but worth it!

Let us know how it goes!



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 06:27 PM

i know what the smell is,i think. Do you own any cats? or any male cats near you? I have this problem as my female cat attract a couple a males. Ive seen them nearly every day,going upto front bumper,turning around,then pffffft(spraying) all over the front of car. when you get in,turn on engine,the heater blows it thru the car for a little while(& its disgusting lol).

I renewed pollen filter also,but its SO pungent,i still smell it.(little buggers lol).I'd bet my bottom dollar its this



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 07:39 PM

to the op i have a smell too smells like smelly feet notmine lol had the car for a month and has a smell

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 07:56 PM

same wi you-cats!!! wait til next yr,it'll get worse in warmer weather.

obviously when you start car with heater on even a bit,it gets sucked in. pungent aint it? lol

1 day the same cat that does my car came in my house & sprayed everywhere. Had to buy 2 new carpets & new settee it was that bad. If its a really young cat its even worse(like they have more to prove lol)



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 08:08 PM

 

same wi you-cats!!! wait til next yr,it'll get worse in warmer weather.
obviously when you start car with heater on even a bit,it gets sucked in. pungent aint it? lol
1 day the same cat that does my car came in my house & sprayed everywhere. Had to buy 2 new carpets & new settee it was that bad. If its a really young cat its even worse(like they have more to prove lol)

i bought this car from a farmin the middle off nowhere lol now i have 5 cats lol but never had a problem with smells maybee come from the farm what do you think 

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 08:18 PM

could be. unless something has been spilled in car,in the past. usually,cat spray can be detected when cars 1st started in morning,,then it'll disipate after a few mins. if its wafting in thru heater vents id say its a cat. cat-spray is unmistakable,so pungent!



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 10:28 PM

I find you can get a horrible 'fusty' smell through the vents after aircon has been on, too.  I have a Mk3, not a Mk4, but my mondeo has this problem, as did the Mk1 Focus I had before it.  You can get stuff from Halfrauds to sort that.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 03:33 PM

best thing to do is to change the filters, air filter and pollen filter as a starting point, then you may wish to clean the carpets (rug doctor or similar) and see if you can remove the smell that way.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 04:16 PM

i had the car valeted but the smell was still there, and it goes when the heater is turned on.. thanks for all the replies and the car is going into the local garage tomorrow and i have told them about the possiblitiy of it being the pollen filter.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 04:21 PM

have you smelled the front (outside)of your car(i mean where the air intake is at front bumper)? same smell there? although if your pollen filter is covered in algae type black fur,it could be that.mines is black also but cant be arsed changing it.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 06:46 PM

 

could be. unless something has been spilled in car,in the past. usually,cat spray can be detected when cars 1st started in morning,,then it'll disipate after a few mins. if its wafting in thru heater vents id say its a cat. cat-spray is unmistakable,so pungent!

its just there all the time cant put my finger on it 

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 07:23 PM

it'll have been something spilled inside your car,like milk(that can leave a really bad evil smell lol).

You can buy anti-enzyme stuff that'll clean em. think its called Nature's Miracle or something.The trick is to get whatever has been spilled,even in every tiny crack,nook n cranny. 



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