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#1 Nipz

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 08:37 AM

Good morning everyone!

It was hot in Plymouth yesterday so had the AC on and after turning it off after about 20/30 mins i noticed there was a weird musty smell coming from the fans.

I use the AC quite a lot so dont think its because its not used enough.

Any ideas?

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#2 theboynoz

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 10:46 AM

Dead badgers, they get everywhere!

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 10:53 AM

Dead badgers, they get everywhere!


Yes, im sure they do!

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 12:12 PM

Yes, im sure they do!

I always get that too...kinda damp? I figured i just need an air con service...another thing i can't afford lol

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 12:35 PM

Maybe you should turn off the A/C and leave the fans blowing hot/warm air for a few minutes after using the A/C. This might help dry out any residual moisture left in the... pipes?

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:08 PM

I always get that too...kinda damp? I figured i just need an air con service...another thing i can't afford lol


Yea its horrible!

Maybe you should turn off the A/C and leave the fans blowing hot/warm air for a few minutes after using the A/C. This might help dry out any residual moisture left in the... pipes?


Yea it does go away after a while but no other cars ive been in have the smell after having the AC on... weird!

Any other ideas?

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:25 PM

Complain to ford :lol:

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:27 PM

Complain to ford :lol:


lol i dont want to have to but if its not right then i will!

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:28 PM

Yea its horrible!



Yea it does go away after a while but no other cars ive been in have the smell after having the AC on... weird!

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I've had a quick google and it looks like it's mould OR something to do with cabin air filters. The cabin air filter bit is from someone posting about an Acura though.

...using air con its best to switch off air con the last 10 to 20 minutes of your journey , leave the fans on full , this drys out the system and helps prevent bacteria forming in the left over moisture



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Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:33 PM

I've had a quick google and it looks like it's mould OR something to do with cabin air filters. The cabin air filter bit is from someone posting about an Acura though.


Thanks for looking! Ive only just got home and was gonna have a wick google myself.

Do you think its worth speaking to the dreaded ford or not?

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:34 PM

Thanks for looking! Ive only just got home and was gonna have a wick google myself.

Do you think its worth speaking to the dreaded ford or not?


It might be worth a call. See if they can work out where it's coming from and whether they'll replace it for you.

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:42 PM

It might be worth a call. See if they can work out where it's coming from and whether they'll replace it for you.


Just spoke to ford and they said its because its a self cleaning system and its drawing in the smells from the car. If i put an air freshoner in the car he said he will help it to smell nicer!? I have a 'New Car Smell' Tree already in there so really not sure whats what now :angry:

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:45 PM

:lol: :lol: typical ford answer that is

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 02:56 PM

you could try a can of a/c cleaner through it to see if it improves.
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 06:48 PM

The 'aroma' is caused by bacteria in the A/C system. Run a can of Comma Air Conditioning Cleaner through it and you'll be good to go for about 6 months or so. I do this every 6 months or so on my Focus and it eliminates the musty smell.

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