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Smelly interior on recirc or during a rain

austinEV

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May 16, 2013
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Hey I was curious if I was the only one having this issue. My car is an elderly 3 year old model S, but it started doing this as early as a year ago when it was only two. If I put the A/C on recirc the car smells foul, like an old shoe or just musty. It is really bad if it is raining so the humidity is higher. I keep it pretty clean and get it detailed fairly often, it isn't like I have rotten food in there or a gym bag, nothing contained in the car should be doing it. I feel like there is some musty pool condensate somewhere. Thoughts?
 

lorih

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May 12, 2013
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We had an issue with mold in our garage. I am EXTREMELY allergic to mold. After a few months, I started coughing as soon as I go into the Model S.

I called our detailed, explained, and they said they would do a clean air service. They basically use a non-toxic citrus cleaner to clear your sir circulation system. Kills mold and mildew, but nonToxic.

It worked great for us. Very very faint citrus smell remained after cleaning, but hardly noticible, and smelled pleasent like lemon blossoms.
 
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austinEV

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May 16, 2013
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For some reason I thought this was unique to our cars, but a (should have done this first sorry) Google search shows that it is common and there are mildew killing spray products. I will give one a try and report back!
 

AmpedRealtor

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Jun 30, 2013
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Sounds like mildew. This happened to my Volkswagen Jetta. I ran the fan with fresh air on and stood outside with a can of Lysol, gently spraying towards the intake vents. That helped a lot.
 

austinEV

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May 16, 2013
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So a post script. I took my car in for an unrelated issue (battery contactor/switch failed? vague on what this was exactly) but they noted that the drain hose had an issue and they replaced it with a longer one to "not drain on top of the battery". Sounds like I did in fact have a moisture buildup issue. Hopefully that was the root cause.
 

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