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Old 24 Apr 2010, 07:50 am
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Question I smell washer fluid???

The last few times I have used my windshield washer fluid feature I smell the amnonia from the fluid coming into the interior, maybe through the vents. I never noticed this odor before coming into the interior on my base model PT or any other car I owned. I'm getting a full and equal pressurized spray onto the windshield from both fluid ejectors on the hood. When it rains or when I wash my PT the windshield is not showing any leaks nor cracks.
Never checked for a cabin filter but could it be draining improperly into that area. Interior carpets are dry. Do I have a leak somewhere? What the heck!!!


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Old 24 Apr 2010, 03:49 pm
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Default Re: I smell washer fluid???

Ammonia? My fluid has alcohol, but not ammonia.
Anyway, did you just flip your air control from recirculate to outside air?
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Old 25 Apr 2010, 02:27 pm
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Default Re: I smell washer fluid???

I didn't read the contents but it could be alcohol...anyway the recir. button is off and it smells strong. I pressed the recir . button and it was even stronger smelling. A friend told me that over the years he's had a couple cars do the same thing. I removed the grill cover above the washer bottle and can see how the aroma would get into the interior with the fresh air box six inches from the fluid run off area. Anyone else????

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