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Another smelly AC thread, I think I found the problem

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Nikola M3, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Nikola M3

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    I cleaned the evaporator with the foaming cleaner and ran the AC with the kick panel off. I don't think it is supposed to leak like this. I did get a lot of water on the garage floor so the drain is working but this doesn't seem normal.
     
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    yep - "not available"
     
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    But it's "totally normal and happens to all cars so we are not covering it under warranty:" o_Oo_Oo_O
     
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    Didn't see the video, but if you use the foam, it turns into a fluid after application and drains. That's normal. I'd only be concerned if you see an abnormal amount of fluid in normal operation, which could hint at a coolant leak.
     
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    ??? It is a common issue across many brands, just search for ac smell {insert brand & model here}. Running A/C on recirculate, then shutting off the car creates an environment for mold to grow which leads to the smell.

    I definitely have lots of issues with Tesla, but at least they pushed an OTA software update to that try to mitigate this recently.
     
  8. Nikola M3

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    This link should show whats happening. I agree that I may have added excess water to the evaporator area during cleaning but it should go out the drain, not into the car interior. When we get into the rainy season what will happen?
     

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