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Old 06 Feb 2004, 07:46 pm
BOB
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Default Foul Smell

I have a 2000 Honda Accord 4 door , I think that somewhere in the car I
have a dead mouse.
The worst smell is when you first get in it after it had been closed up
in the garage all night.
If you run the blower motor with heat or AC the smell does not seem to
be coming from
the vents so I think the smell is coming from inside of the car but I
can't seem to find it.I have looked under the seats
and under the dash with a mirror. I don't know how to remove the back
seat so I have not
looked under it.
A couple of years ago I had a mouse nest inside of the heater fan so now
when I park it in the
garage we make sure that the recycle air button is lit so it blocks the
outside vent.

I thought maybe someone else has had the same problem and could suggest
where I should look.

Thanks

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Old 07 Feb 2004, 07:36 am
jim
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BOB wrote:
>
> I have a 2000 Honda Accord 4 door , I think that somewhere in the car I
> have a dead mouse.
> The worst smell is when you first get in it after it had been closed up
> in the garage all night.
> If you run the blower motor with heat or AC the smell does not seem to
> be coming from
> the vents so I think the smell is coming from inside of the car but I
> can't seem to find it.I have looked under the seats
> and under the dash with a mirror. I don't know how to remove the back
> seat so I have not
> looked under it.
> A couple of years ago I had a mouse nest inside of the heater fan so now
> when I park it in the
> garage we make sure that the recycle air button is lit so it blocks the
> outside vent.
>
> I thought maybe someone else has had the same problem and could suggest
> where I should look.
>
> Thanks

a small dog would be able to spot the area where the smell is coming
from.. let the dog go into the car and see if he/she will go straight
for the source of the odor????
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Old 07 Feb 2004, 09:11 am
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jim wrote:
> BOB wrote:
>>
>> I have a 2000 Honda Accord 4 door , I think that somewhere in the
>> car I have a dead mouse.
>> The worst smell is when you first get in it after it had been closed
>> up in the garage all night.
>> If you run the blower motor with heat or AC the smell does not seem
>> to be coming from
>> the vents so I think the smell is coming from inside of the car
>> but I can't seem to find it.I have looked under the seats
>> and under the dash with a mirror. I don't know how to remove the back
>> seat so I have not
>> looked under it.
>> A couple of years ago I had a mouse nest inside of the heater fan so
>> now when I park it in the
>> garage we make sure that the recycle air button is lit so it blocks
>> the outside vent.
>>
>> I thought maybe someone else has had the same problem and could
>> suggest where I should look.
>>
>> Thanks

> a small dog would be able to spot the area where the smell is coming
> from.. let the dog go into the car and see if he/she will go straight
> for the source of the odor????


You may have trapped water or decaying leaves somewhere. I had a bad smell
in our 92 Accord and I sprayed under the hood where the air intake to the
A/C is with a strong bacteria killing agent. Poof--no more smell.
Smell is the sign of bacteria and you have to kill it not mask it with pot
pourri or some such fragrance.
One product sold by refrigeration repair places is called Ozium and it works
terrific. Better actually I found than those bacteria killers sold in auto
stores.
Mike


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Old 07 Feb 2004, 05:25 pm
T. Nelson
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In article <te7Vb.22671$vD8.3071@news01.bloor.is.net.cable.ro gers.com>,
"Artfulcodger" <mcbat@rogers.com> wrote:

> jim wrote:
> > BOB wrote:
> >>
> >> I have a 2000 Honda Accord 4 door , I think that somewhere in the
> >> car I have a dead mouse.
> >> The worst smell is when you first get in it after it had been closed
> >> up in the garage all night.
> >> If you run the blower motor with heat or AC the smell does not seem
> >> to be coming from
> >> the vents so I think the smell is coming from inside of the car
> >> but I can't seem to find it.I have looked under the seats
> >> and under the dash with a mirror. I don't know how to remove the back
> >> seat so I have not
> >> looked under it.
> >> A couple of years ago I had a mouse nest inside of the heater fan so
> >> now when I park it in the
> >> garage we make sure that the recycle air button is lit so it blocks
> >> the outside vent.
> >>
> >> I thought maybe someone else has had the same problem and could
> >> suggest where I should look.
> >>
> >> Thanks

> > a small dog would be able to spot the area where the smell is coming
> > from.. let the dog go into the car and see if he/she will go straight
> > for the source of the odor????

>
> You may have trapped water or decaying leaves somewhere. I had a bad smell
> in our 92 Accord and I sprayed under the hood where the air intake to the
> A/C is with a strong bacteria killing agent. Poof--no more smell.
> Smell is the sign of bacteria and you have to kill it not mask it with pot
> pourri or some such fragrance.
> One product sold by refrigeration repair places is called Ozium and it works
> terrific. Better actually I found than those bacteria killers sold in auto
> stores.
> Mike


Great advice. I could only add that on the next hot day--run the air
conditioner with outside air. The hot outside air entering the system will
also help kill bacteria and mold growning inside the system. Never let
moist air--like on foggy and rainy days--enter the air conditioning
system. On those type of days--set it to recirculate and cool inside air.
Moist air will cause bacteria and mold growth.
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