I know this isn't a proper introduction and no doubt there's a few folks laughing at my predicament right now, but I'm at my wits end!
After lurking for a couple of months on the boards while I shopped for a 2005 Excursion 6.0L PS 4x4 I finally found a reasonable (not great) deal on one with 106K miles in Georgia. I bought it sight unseen and had it trucked to Jacksonville only to find that the condition was not quite as described - shocker!
I laid it up for about 2 weeks while I replaced some wear parts on it and made sure it was in good running condition. I got it ready just in time for Tropical Storm Debby to flood my house and give me a good reason to use the 4 wheel drive!
I loved the truck until recently when I started noticing a strong cat urine odor in the vehicle right after its been sitting in the rain. There is no smell when it's dry and the smell goes away quickly when I turn on the A/C. I don't see any visible stains and can't locate a source inside the car.
Full disclosure: After the storm I drove (repeatedly) through water that came up to the top of the front bumper - a small amount of seepage got through the door seals and dampened the edges of the carpet (not really bad, but enough that I took care to dry them thoroughly) and bought some Damp Rid to capture the moisture.
I ran water over the vents behind the hood for a minute or so thinking a cat might have peed in them (yes, I have a cat) - the odor came back again at the next rain. I don't know what to try next - steam clean the carpets? Bleach in the vents? Run water down there longer (where does it go)? I'll try any suggestion - I'd hate to dump the vehicle but I'm a freak about stuff like this and won't keep it if I can't get rid of the odor!
Thanks - and sorry for the "stinky" way to introduce myself to the forum!