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    Default Air con smells!

    Is it just me or does the smell of the air coming in to the car when you switch the air con off smell odd..?

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    It's probable you have a bacteria buildup if you're getting a musty smell only when you use the aircon ...... you can get sanitisers quite cheaply from most vehicle aircon parts suppliers and a lot of motor factors.

    Even if you don't smell anything it's a good idea to use one say once a year and make sure you change the cabin air intake filter as required or at least annually.

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    Simple solution is not to switch the AC off - leave it running all the time.

    My car is just over 5 yrs old now. Not sure what the previous owner did in the 1st yr of ownership but I've never turned it off in the 4 yrs I've had it and have never ever had any musty or stale smells coming from the blower system.

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    Thanks for the info

    @ Handyandy-uk

    Do you know where i would find the cabin air intake filter?

    P.S - are you the same handyandy from chalfonts?

    @ Big Dave

    Doesnt that bump up ur fuel costs loads??

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    Air intake (pollen) filter is below the windscreen on the left of the vehicle. Open the bonnet, and pull up the rubber seal strip on the right at the back of the engine bay (right as you look at it - the left of the car) over the "cut out" in the plastic panel below the screen.
    Inside here you'll see a plastic moulding with a filter inside and a couple of plastic clips at the top. Unclip those, and the filter lifts out.
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by dayvo View Post
    Thanks for the info

    @ Handyandy-uk

    Do you know where i would find the cabin air intake filter?

    P.S - are you the same handyandy from chalfonts?

    @ Big Dave

    Doesnt that bump up ur fuel costs loads??

    Cabin Air Filter - As described by Cleared To Land .... when replacing the filter element you really are better off going for the charcoal filter. It's only a few pennies more but it stops loads more muck, fluff, dust & custard coming in.

    Chalfonts - Not me, officer.... and you can't prove a thing.... I have witnesses !!

    Using aircon all the time - The systems in cars thesedays are generally designed to be on by default. You'd be hard pushed to see much of a difference in fuel useage with it switched on or off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dayvo View Post
    Doesnt that bump up ur fuel costs loads??
    Quote Originally Posted by Handyandy-UK View Post
    Using aircon all the time - The systems in cars thesedays are generally designed to be on by default. You'd be hard pushed to see much of a difference in fuel useage with it switched on or off.


    I've not noticed any difference with it on or off. I once had a Cavalier Diplomat, it used less fuel with the AC switched on than it was with it switched off. Somewhere in the region of getting 3 mpg more with in switched on. Go figure?

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    only time you will see a dif in fuel usage is when its 30-35 celcius outside and the aircon really needs to put in an effort

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