SAN ANTONIO – Does your car smell musty, funky or just plain bad no matter how many times you go to the car wash or how many air fresheners you buy?
Consumer Reports experts reveal some easy ways to root out those pesky smells.
An obvious place to first look and sniff is the dashboard. If the vents in that area are the problem, see whether there are leaves or other debris in the cabin filter. Then, clear it out.
If that doesn’t work, installing a new cabin filter can really help. They’re not very expensive, and many can probably do it themselves. Another trick is to try spraying a professional-grade vent and duct cleaner to get rid of any fungi that might be inside.
Also, moisture in and under carpet mats can cause odor problems. Carpet cleaners can help, but for tougher smells, it may be necessary to get professional steam cleaning.
And don’t forget about the sunroof. There are small drainage holes on the sides that sometimes get clogged, allowing water to seep into the roof’s liner or even drip onto the seats. A quick vacuum of that area can solve that problem.
However, if none of these fixes work, the next step may require that a mechanic check for more serious problems with the climate system.