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Re: 2006 Chevrolet Equinox air vents smell
Ive seen this problem before! im betting that you have a mice problem under the hood, they usually get in through the air intake area and stay until there death arrives.look into the airfilter housing.
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If your referring to a vehicle AC system, the fresh air inlet is at base of windshield. Leaves get in and rot . open hood and blow or vacuum all leave etc.. Often the wipers and screen must be removed to clean beyond screen and novice mechanics can damage these grills if not patient and carefully but once off a vacuum hose or air hose can remove anything that has gotten in. Also cabin air filters are common these days and can mildew or hold rotting organic . one final not if are smelling rotting fish someone may have pranked you with a dead shrimp down this air inlet
sounds like a mouse nest in hvac system, no smell because when using ac it doesn't use outside air, probably a nest on the screen at the hvac air intake or if you have a a cabin air filter check in there. many times rodents make nests have babies and then the car moves and they cannot feed the babies and so they die and rot smell comes into car. usually it is not hard to access because there should be a screen between the outside and inside under the cowl cover, if no screen and the little buggers vot into your hvac duct system this could be a much bigger problem entailing removal of dash completely. most likely this isn't the case, good luck
The condensation is not completely draining. You may want to see if it is plugged. Find the drain area in the engine compartment on the bottom of the firewall. Use an air compressor to blow air back through to clear it. I had a problem with that area which was a ford expedition design flaw. It was draining onto my O2 Sensor and damaging it. I had to make a bypass with a part form a GM truck.
No cabin filter in most models not sure on the z24..MAYBE clogged drip line on the ac system ..take a blow gun and shoot air they line it may help..if u see no drips when ac has been on it would b a easy starting place
Check drain and unclog if required. Remove air cabin filter (see you tube for instructions). Make sure it is done in a clean place so no dust or dirt gets in while you do this. Block Air Cabin filter opening with duct tape. Set fan to 50% (3/4), temperature to minimum AC must be OFF Open hood and using a Spray bottle, spray half a bottle of Alcohol 70% into the air intake vents at bottom of windshield Turn off fan Let it sit for 30 to 60 min Set temperature to max and fan to max Open hood and using a Spray bottle, spray the second half (250ml) of a bottle of Alcohol 70% into the air intake vents at bottom of windshield. Turn heater and fan OFF Take off duct tape and replace the air cabin filter (new one is better) If you don't take off the air cabin filter, a lot of the alcohol or disinfenctant (like Lysol) may be stuck in the filter causing an irritating smell. Replace Air cabin filter if possible.
This smell is caused by mold and mildew build up in the AC air passages and on the heater and the AC evaporator cores in the dash, u can spray LYSOL mold and mildew remover into the system at the air intake in front of the windshield with the blower turned to max, use about 1/4 can, then turn off the system and let it sit for an hour, then turn it back on with full heat, let that run to dry out the chemical, this will cure the smell short term until the mold and mildew grow back, it is a fix we did often in the shop, the wetter the climate u live in the worse the problem
You might have both. The fresh air intake is under the windshield wipers, that vent takes in the fresh air from outside. The filter is usually in the rear seat section on vans and suvs, somewhere, sometimes up front under the dash. You can switch your ac or fresh air control to recirculate and it will cut off the outside air. We always do it on dusty roads and dead skunks. Hope this helps.