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Old 6th May 2007, 19:02   #1
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Recently bought Wagon R LXi, which is my first AC car. Earlier I was driving M-800 non AC. I have one strange observation, when I goes inside my parked car and starts it, its gives me a feel of some strange irritating gas / odour, that irritates my eyes and nose . This feeling vanishes off, as soon as I switch my AC on. It also comes, when I switch on the blower only, without AC.

What it could be? If this could be fumes of battery, or AC gas or what??
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Old 7th May 2007, 02:12   #2
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Is it by any chance a Duo? That is the dual fuel version of WagonR...
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Old 7th May 2007, 10:44   #3
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Whatever it is get it checked ASAP. This could be LPG (assuming this is the duo model) or some other poisonous gas. Dont delay, just go to a reputed garage and have the issue investigated. Most important dont smoke in the car unless this issue is fixed.
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Sometimes the A/C can give a foul odour, just like the room a/c does. But i dont think it causes any irritation to eyes and nose. In any case, take it to M.A.S.S. should be able to handle it.
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its gives me a feel of some strange irritating gas / odour, that irritates my eyes and nose .
Unless it smelt like the houselhold LPG odor - Methyl Mercaptan, I doubt its LPG - since your eyes/nose hurts. Check whether its leaking AC gas HFC134a or R134a - whichever comes in WagonR
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Old 7th May 2007, 11:58   #6
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No, it's not duo. It's petrol car only. Wagon R LXi.
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Old 11th May 2007, 14:02   #7
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I also experinced the same problem whenever blower is ON and AC is OFF. Did not really bother much in starting as only i felt the same and not my co-passengers. And now in summers AC is mostly ON.

Could you figure out the reason ?

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Old 11th May 2007, 14:45   #8
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No, not yet... I've to visit MASS soon for this, but can't manage the time.
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Old 2nd June 2007, 03:45   #9
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Me thinks it's due to weakness of the eyes. After using a computer or getting into a car parked in the sun.

Try letting in fresh air as suggested and then sit in the car. And yea, when only the blower is on (hot air) might cause the irritation again as the eyes need to keep cool. Try it, happened with me too for a long time till I discovered what's wrong!
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In my WagonR, when I swith ON the blower only for hot air, I assume the air comes from the engine-area, so there is some pungent smell of the engine/oil in the car.

What can be done to avoid this smell?

If the heater is kept ON for more time, all the car is filled with such nasty smell. Should I use two air freshners ?
Or the ducts or bonnet area need some cleaning ?
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I think you are allergic to the odor of new car, many adhesives are used which gives that "new car" smell and sometimes causes eye irritation. Roll down your windows and start the blower for some time which will evacuate all these strong fumes and bring it to tolerable limit. After few months of use, these fumes will totally disappear.
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@ Hashim

May be time itself will solve the issue. But let me tell, this issue is only with the heating option. No issues otherwise.

PS: yes, I do love the scent of new car. Its great !
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May be time itself will solve the issue. But let me tell, this issue is only with the heating option. No issues otherwise.

PS: yes, I do love the scent of new car. Its great !
Actually I was replying to OP (scorpio118 post), sorry I should have quoted.

In heater mode air does not come from engine area, the engine coolant is taken as heating source and run thru coil inside dashboard and you get hot air. So its not oil/engine smell but something else. Get your heater system checked, there maybe some wire struck to the hoses which on heating will release this pungent fumes. Inhaling these fumes is not good for health.
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No, it's not duo. It's petrol car only. Wagon R LXi.
It can be your AC Air filter is having problem.
if you smell engine oil its certainly letting outside air into cabin when in re-circulation mode.
This air filter needs to be checked also ask M.A.S.S. to check A.C. pipes and seals for any leakage.

Even if the stale water like smell comes from A.C. (which is similar to home A.C. based where water clogged up, in lower tray), you should not be having engine oil smell having this oil smell certainly leads to assumption there's some Air Passing from your bonnet to cabin which should be fixed.
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Get your heater system checked, there maybe some wire struck to the hoses which on heating will release this pungent fumes. Inhaling these fumes is not good for health.
Exactly like that smell !

Thanks for the suggestion.

This is the item to be highlighted in next servicing.
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