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Old 05-03-2014, 07:48 AM   #1
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Dash heater smell

Just wondering if anyone else has had a foul smell coming from dash heater/defrost ducts. I think I might have a dead animal in there. Has anyone else had to deal with this or am I the first lucky one? The smell started on my way back from a couple of nights at a campground, making me think it's a dead mouse or something. I'm going to try and check out the ductwork today.
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Old 05-03-2014, 08:31 AM   #2
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sometimes animals get in by the cabin filter if it is a newer unit. is it sour or a rotten smell?
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:55 AM   #3
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Rotten. Where is the cabin filter located?
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Old 05-03-2014, 01:53 PM   #4
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The filter housing is above the generator on the PS. Just pull out your generator and it's easy to find.
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Old 05-03-2014, 04:34 PM   #5
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Look for debris from possibly a mouse chewing their way in, to locate their entry point. Hope no damage is done.
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Old 05-03-2014, 04:45 PM   #6
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Ran a camera through all of the vents and have not seen a thing. Also, it seems as though running the fan on the a/c side does not produce the strong odor making me wonder if there is mold or mouse in heater core. I also put a camera to the best of my ability through the heater core area. Saw one black spot that may be either insulation, mold or a dropping. Will let this settle for a while and hope for the best, I guess. Really don't want to have to take the box apart if I don't have to. Rich
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If it is mold run the heater on high for about 30 min it should give you some relief. I had similar problem on my new car.
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Old 05-03-2014, 05:06 PM   #8
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That is the dash heater
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Old 05-03-2014, 05:21 PM   #9
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OK. Thanks Jerry.
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Old 05-03-2014, 06:50 PM   #10
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Rich,
Can't contribute to the odor problem but I have another question. When your are running the dash a/c and move the selector to max, do you hear the fan speed go up and does the air flow increase from the vents?
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