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Old 25 Jun 2017, 03:09 pm
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Default Smell From AC, v3

Here's the tale of our 2001 PT Cruiser AC smell.

1. Had coolant smell from AC.
2. Replaced heater core
3. Coolant smell gone, but weird plasticy/greasy/dirty smell in AC vents.
4. Reopen HVAC, new heater core is leaking, and evap core seems to be leaking refridgerant/compressor oil
5. replace evap core and heater core (again)
6. put pt back together
7. AC still has weird dirty toxic smell -- worse even

This smell is a bizarre, toxic, nasty, more like a chemical/foam/rubber smell than anything organic. BTW, before reinstalling, I carefully smelled the HVAC in all openings (after closing the new cores in), and there was no smell.

Please help before I RPG this vehicle into nothingness.
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Old 25 Jun 2017, 03:31 pm
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Default Re: Smell From AC, v3

Might be mold or accumulated dust/dirt. A lot of owners got a bottle of Febreze and sprayed it everywhere they could in the vents and surrounding area.
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Old 25 Jun 2017, 03:34 pm
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Default Re: Smell From AC, v3

Another thing we've noticed -- there is a lot of airflow through the AC vents, even when it is OFF... any ideas where that could be coming from? What I might have missed?
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Old 25 Jun 2017, 03:48 pm
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Default Re: Smell From AC, v3

The door to let the outside air come into the interior might not be closing all the way.
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