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RHinson
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posted 02-24-2007 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RHinson     send a private message to RHinson   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by RHinson
When I use my heat in the prowler it smells like mildew. Does anyone know what is causing my issue and what I should do to fix it?
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First guess,,,,find and check your air conditioning, evaporator coil, condensate drain line,,,,and make sure it isn't plugged up. A plugged drain line will back up the moisture that the a/c is removing from the cabin interior, and cause it to stay in the evaporator drain pan,,,,,hence, the mildew smell over time.

Put the car up in the air if possible, to find the drain line. Either vacuum suck the line out towards you,,,,or, some compressed air shot up the line to blow it out.

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Does any one have the service manual and can tell me exactly were the line is located? Thanks!
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Section 24, page 33, Condensate Drain Tube. This is a small rubber tube that comes out of the lower right side firewall, about 3/4 inch diameter that turns down an inch from the firewall and pinches together. If there is an obstruction, it can be cleared sometimes by just squeezing the lower part of the tube a few times. Good luck. Jim
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quote by 392Hemi - "If there is an obstruction, it can be cleared sometimes by just squeezing the lower part of the tube a few times."

Jim [aka, ole Rusty Pipes] - I'm glad I let you answer that question,,,,,

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Tried to choose the words carefully.
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quote:
Originally posted by 392HEMI:
Tried to choose the words carefully.


That's smart around here!!!

These guys will be on you like flies on _ _ _ _ !

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Brian - you learned real fast,,,,,
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Far be it for me to get back ON TOPIC, but this was my experience:

Just before the 3/36 warrantee was up on my last warranty visit, I reported that the heater smelled. They gave it a "Frigi-Fresh" treatment, and it's still good 3-4 years later. They explained that this involved drilling a small hole (I believe in the heater distribution box) and spraying in the aerosol chemicals (disinfectant?) through a perforated "straw", then plugging the hole.

-GRROWL

Back for an Edit:

It's made by our firends at BG Products: http://www.bgprod.com/products/climatecontrol.html

BG Frigi-Fresh®
BG Frigi-Fresh® is formulated to quickly and effectively eliminate foul, musty odors from automobile air conditioning systems. It kills mold, mildew and other odor-producing organisms that grow in the evaporator core and housing. Powerful deodorizers in BG Frigi-Fresh® keep the automobile interior smelling fresh and clean. EPA Reg. No. 44446-20-67145.
Part No. 7083

Part No. 708 Net Wt. 1 oz. (28.3 g)
Volume 1.12 fl. oz. (33.1 mL)
Net Wt. 5.5 oz. (156 g)
Volume 6.17 fl. oz. (182.6 mL)

This message has been edited by GRROWL on 02-26-2007 at 04:57 PM

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Was your car on the gulf coast during Katrina by any chance??
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Who, in their right mind, would answer that question totally honest, if it was a Katrina Kat.

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