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Car Air Freshener

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[OP]
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Oct 26, 2014
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Colorado

Car Air Freshener

Hi everyone,
I started noticing sometimes kind of a stale odor in the car, which it seems like it goes away after 20 mins or so driving. Car is kept in garage for a few reasons where there are no smells or anything so not sure whats the reason. I injected a whole can of evaporator cleaner the other day which did not seem to make any difference. So now I want to just try a nice freshner for a while. Car also had the thermostat cover done a few months back (due to leaking) so I think there is some leftover odor from that time. Honestly not a big fan of air freshners but can anyone recommend a good one from personal experience? It can be hanging one, attached to vents or under the seat, post anything here that you liked. Thanks!
Last edited by neluabaclia on Dec 23rd, 2020 10:41 am, edited 2 times in total.
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[OP]
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Oct 26, 2014
132 posts
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Colorado
zobi123 wrote: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0002Z ... UTF8&psc=1
Try this, it worked for me. I sprayed it through the drain tube underneath the car.
Thank you, placed an order for this as well, fingers crossed! I used a similar product, which is also to be applied via the ac drain tube. So maybe its not that good:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kia-AC-Evapora ... 2836630955
Deal Guru
Sep 13, 2007
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You check your cabin air filter?
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Carpets wet? Upholstery damp? Those can cause an odour until air is circulated by driving.
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Jan 1, 2015
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Maybe borrow an ozone machine and run it in your car for a few hours.
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Jan 17, 2009
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iSimple wrote: You check your cabin air filter?
This would be my bet.. for $20 its worth it to swap it out if you can't remember the last time its been changed.
[OP]
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Oct 26, 2014
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Colorado
Ecsta wrote: This would be my bet.. for $20 its worth it to swap it out if you can't remember the last time its been changed.
Not always lol. For my car $120 plus tax at dealer, Canadian Tire does not carry it, not in stock with GermanParts either. I did change it back in February this year though, plus I took it out the other day and it looked clean and had no noticeable odor or anything. I drove under 10k kms since then.
[OP]
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Oct 26, 2014
132 posts
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Colorado
Pete_Coach wrote: Carpets wet? Upholstery damp? Those can cause an odour until air is circulated by driving.
The weird thing is, the moment I get in the car, there is no smells, so from what I can tell it's there right after I start the aircon unit and kind of goes away after some time driving, but I don't think it completely goes away...
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Jan 17, 2009
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neluabaclia wrote: Not always lol. For my car $120 plus tax at dealer, Canadian Tire does not carry it, not in stock with GermanParts either. I did change it back in February this year though, plus I took it out the other day and it looked clean and had no noticeable odor or anything. I drove under 10k kms since then.
What's your car? Order it from overseas (e-acca or cars245), rock auto, or just buy the filter at the parts counter. Changing the cabin air filter is usually one of the easiest things to do. Is most cars you just pop out the glovebox, open a flap, and then swap them. On my VW its $20 with the cheap filter and $30 with the fancy charcoal filter.

The dealership fee is 80% labour, of that $120 I'd be willing to bet the actual filter is probably only $30-$40 even on an Audi.
[OP]
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Oct 26, 2014
132 posts
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Colorado
Ecsta wrote: What's your car? Order it from overseas (e-acca or cars245), rock auto, or just buy the filter at the parts counter. Changing the cabin air filter is usually one of the easiest things to do. Is most cars you just pop out the glovebox, open a flap, and then swap them. On my VW its $20 with the cheap filter and $30 with the fancy charcoal filter.

The dealership fee is 80% labour, of that $120 I'd be willing to bet the actual filter is probably only $30-$40 even on an Audi.
Funny you mention Audi, my car is a 2017 A4 and the indicated price was from Pfaff Audi Parts not service. I am doing most of the maintenance myself including oil changes etc so yes cabin filter is not particularly difficult I agree :) I am checking ECSTuning where its cheaper even with shipping from US and USD-CAD conversion. I will check the other sites you mentioned, thank you!
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check and see if there's a dead rat under the hood.

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