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Old 22nd January 2015, 21:09   #121
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Could possibly be mold on the evaporator core or a really dirty cabin air filter if there’s one. What car are we referring to here?
Car is Lancer 2006(P). I will check with the Cabin air filter too.

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Turn on the blower, turn off recirculation mode (so the car draws air from the outside), increase the temperature to the highest setting and let the heated air flow through the vents for some time. See if this helps.

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As mentioned by Gannu, change your AC filter if your car has one.

I too had faced the same issue earlier in my Alto (no AC filter), to got rid of the same by following the steps mentioned by Gannu with a slight difference.

- Roll up all windows.
- Park the car in sun for a while so that interiors get hot.
- Start the engine.
- Turn the AC to maximum temperature, fan to max speed.
- Keep AC in circulation mode (this helps in getting the car temperature rise even faster)
- Wait outside the car, since it will be uncomfortable inside
- Keep the AC running this way for around 15~ 20 mins.

This helped me more than any deodorizer which I felt helps only till the fragrance lasts.
@Gannu, @mpksuhas: Thank-you for the steps, ill try and see whether the odour goes away through the above steps. Awesome!

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Old 30th January 2015, 12:01   #122
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I am just thinking aloud, kindly correct me if my understanding is wrong.

Since all A/C systems (home and automobile) expect condensation to form within the walls of blower tube, there will be an outlet to collect and dispense the condensation fluid.

Going by the same logic, can we flush the A/C vents by spraying mist of disinfectant fluid and allow it to trickle down the outlet. The only bottleneck that I can think is the dust filter. Once that is out of the way, fluid can just go through the system and out through the outlet.

Is my understanding correct ?
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I have a quick question - is there an alternative for Gulf Neutralizer (the search keeps showing various posts from this & similar threads)? Gulf does not seem to be available anymore
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I have a quick question - is there an alternative for Gulf Neutralizer (the search keeps showing various posts from this & similar threads)? Gulf does not seem to be available anymore
Last month, I did quite a search for the similar products and finally bought Tuf Kote AC coil cleaner from Tolexo and used it as mentioned on the product label and it is one month now and I can say that AC smell is gone.

http://www.tolexo.com/tufseal-500-ml...018000853.html

In addition to using as mentioned on the product, I also did one round of spraying from outside (AC inlet below the bonnet) like how Lysol is used (guess in US) for cleaning ACs and overall result is good.



Tuf Kote is a 500 ml spray can and would be sufficient for 3 uses I suppose.
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I wanted to get the AC system cleaned for the Santro that we bought pre-owned. Since I couldne source Gulf, picked up Valvoline Odour eliminator. Picked this up from Bay 6 and a can costed me Rs 380.
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The procedure to apply is not that complicated.
- Close all windows.
- Switch to fresh air mode
- Turn on AC and blower to full speed.
- Spray half the can thru the external air intake. Let it run for about 2 minutes.
- Turn to heater, the AC control.
- Spray the remaining half. Same, run for 2 minutes.

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This left a spearmint smell thru the system.
I wanted a foam clean like the gulf AC neutralizer, still looking out for one.
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Old 12th October 2016, 22:12   #126
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The one from Tufseal is quite decent. I got one from another brand, possible ABRO that did the job but I wasnt too fond of the fragrance it left behind. Too artificial flowery like the old ADD Gel perfume ink pen
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I did a DIY cleaning of air vents, and disinfecting the evaporator coil, which is the breeding house of odour-creating fungi.

I used the following two products:

1. 3M's Air conditioner disinfectant foam
2. Liqui Moly's Klima Fresh

1. The 3M foam was used with the intention of cleaning the dust in the vent, and with that low expectation, it lived upto its name. The vent was thoroughly cleaned, and I couldn't spot any dust inside the vents. However, it didn't make any difference to the odour coming from the AC unit. Instead, it made matters worse with the odour of the foam lasting almost 2 days.

For cleaning the dust, its good. But don't expect it to remove much odour.
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2. Liqui Moly'S Klima Fresh- This is a quality product, and I won't think twice before recommending this to anyone. I have used many AC disinfectants and this works the best.

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All you need to do is locate the recirculation gate of your car. In most cars, its near the passenger side footwell. The can lasts for about 15 minutes, and completely eliminates all odour. It has been around 2 months since I used this disinfectant, and I am happy to report that the foul smell hasn't returned till now.

How it works:-


Bought from-Amazon
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I did a DIY cleaning of air vents, and disinfecting the evaporator coil, which is the breeding house of odour-creating fungi.

I used the following two products:

2. Liqui Moly's Klima Fresh

Bought from-Amazon
Thanks for sharing. Thought I'll paste the link to Liqui Moly products in Amazone.

http://www.amazon.in/b?ie=UTF8&node=8988782031
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Have purchased both of them:-

1. 3M's Air conditioner disinfectant foam &
2. Liqui Moly's Klima Fresh

My suggestions to the prospective buyers, if you are planning to purchase 3M's Air conditioner disinfectant foam, please buy TWO cans. For my Honda City, one can was not enough. One can may be sufficient for small cars.

I think more effective one is 'Liqui Moly's Klima Fresh', as it circulates along all AC ducts. But if the ducts having too much of dust, you have to apply foam cleaner first.
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I've been cleaning the vents in my (almost) 9 yr old swift by the usual methods. Gulf foam in the initial years and 3M after the Gulf product was discontinued. The results were mixed and mostly satisfactory but I figured that it was time to take the whole thing apart and do a proper clean up job. The coil, as expected was pretty disgusting as were the vents and at the end of it all the difference was fantastic! Unfortunately this is a slightly tedious process but it's something that really needs to be done.
Other members have documented the process so it would be superfluous to do that in my post however I am attaching a pic of my car with the dashboard removed which gives an idea of how horrible things can get in there.
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