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Old 04-21-2009, 10:45 AM
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Bad smell through vents?!

I have an 04' F-250 and when I turn on the fan or the a/c it blows out a rank mildew old smell. I thought it might be the cab filter but my model does not have one. What could it be? It does it with the a/c or fan turned on.
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:10 AM
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it's most likely mildew, get some Lysol and spray it in the air inlet, that should help.
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Old 04-21-2009, 01:06 PM
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smell your coolant and see if that is the same smell , could be oil cooler or egr cooler!
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My father always taught me when I was young to shut the AC off in the vehicle every time I got out so mildew didn't build up, not sure if it is even true anymore in newer vehicles, but I never have gotten that smell in any of my vehicles, and I know my gf's 02 escape has it, and she leaves hers on (whether it be heat or AC).
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dont know if it works but gm sells a spray can to eliminate the mildew smell. the lysol he said may work just as good
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well its a ford :



i turn the ac off to vent to dry out the ducts for a few mins to help prevent that.
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are you a smoker? if so, do you smoke with the ac or vent on? when i smoke, i shut my ac off cause it smells like chit lol
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Frigi Fresh, spray it in the intake in the cowl of your truck while the fan is on, then get it in the truck and turn the a/c on Max A/C or Recirc, which ever you have and let it run so that the Frigi Fresh can get into the evap canister, which is where the smell usually gets caught up
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