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HELP with car odor

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by DriBak, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. DriBak

    DriBak GUNS UP Millennium Member

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    I'm borrowing a company owned vehicle while my truck is in the shop. It is a 2010 Toyota Corolla LE with 6K miles, the previous users must have been moonlighting as cigarette testers or using smoke signals instead of digital media for comm. because the car REEKS of smoke (there is "no smoking" in company owned vehicles :shocked:) What can I do to alleviate the stench? I have already used Febreze. Any other suggestions?
     
  2. bobbman

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    Open a can of sardines and put them under the seat, roll the windows up and park it in the sun. When you get back in it you won't notice the smoke smell.
     

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    JASV.17 Prime Example

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    Find a dealer or detailer with an ozone machine. Other than that, just try and mask the odor with foo-foo type sprays etc.
     
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    I know alot of people that swear by dryer sheets in the heating vents.
     
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    Face it. You will have to sell the car.
     
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    Burn dry coffee inside the vehicle(tin pie plate, heat with burz a matic), let it smoke up real good, may have to do more than once.
     
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    What worked great for me on a couple of occasions is cutting a few apples in half and leaving them sitting overnight. (Potatoes seem to work too) It absorbs the smoke smell quite quickly. I also used dryer sheets during the day when it was in the sun as the sheets heat up the produce a stronger smell, but a few nights of apple halves or quarters worked wonders. (some people put the apple slices in cups of water, I did not. It took around 4 days or so)

    Also give the car a good vaccume because alot of that smell can get trapped in the carpet and can help alot. but before you vaccume take baking soda and sprinkle the floor and seats because it will help to soak up that smell as well.

    My mother in law smokes 4 packs a day......and we had to use one of her cars for a couple of months, killer.
     
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    Ensure that the ventilation is not set to recirculate - set to fresh air. Leave all windows open as often as possible, spray the seats and carpet liberally with fabreeze, and spray Lysol or Ozium into the fresh air intake with the fan or AC running to get it up into the vents. With most cars you just spray it into the top of the hood opening between the wipers. You'll need to do all of this several times b4 it's 'livable'.

    Good luck - and your avatar is way too distracting...
     
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    Moth balls in a cup ($5). Run the heater as long as you can so vents clear up a little ($5 on gas :). Baking soda on seats and carpet, then vaccum ($3). If that does not work, place some gas in the rear seat and throu a match at it... Last one is a joke :(
     
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    And, by all means, be sure to report the problem to the company.

    After you use the fumigation product of your choice, if you can park the vehicle in the hot sun with the doors and windows open for a few hours, do so. It helps.

    I had a car that got water inside it one time. Lots of towels, five large cans of Lysol spray, and three days in the hot sun with all four door open, and you couldn't tell there had been a problem.
     
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    Put a couple scoops of fresh coffee grinds in a paper towel and fold it up to make a ball out of the coffee, and tie it closed with string. Make about four of these and hang them in the car.

    It will smell like coffee for a couple days, but that is a hell of a lot better than cigarette smoke, and once the coffee smell dissipates, the cigarette smoke smell will be gone. I have done this in two cars it worked every time.
     
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    Gee Mo Nee, I'd rather smell the smoke.
     
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    :rofl: First thing that came to mind!
     
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    Request the cabin air filters be replaced. This will eliminate 90% of the odors.

    Tom
     
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    A gallon of milk was spilled onto the rear seat carpets of our last car. I bought a gallon of Atmosclear on ebay and I placed it exactly as the milk laid. I let the whole gallon run out. First few days smelled spoiled milk. B y week 1 smell was gone, week two completely clear.

    Fabreze might have worked but I didn't liker the perfume smell of it.

    With these type of "odor cleaners" you have to give it time to work.
     
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    :rofl:Man, that would stink like all hell.
     
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