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How do I clean out mold from 2004 Camry AC?

Our 2004 Camry has a mold problem in the ventilation system. I've tried the spray in disinfectant/deodorizer and replaced the cabin air filter every year but it keeps coming back and getting worse each time. In addition, I found an animal (mouse?) nest above the cabin air filter this year. How could an animal get in there? It seems that the air intake is from the grill under the back side of the hood. Holes there are too small. Really, I'd like to be able to clean the AC out so it drains better, because I think that is the main issue.

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  • Kevin Buchs Jul 21, 2009

    I am hoping for specific information relative to a 2004 Camry. I'd like to understand the animal entry point so that I might ensure that is cleaned up and closed appropriately. With a recommendation of a a mold cleaner, I would like to know specifics and what sort of store at which to purchase it. I have not found much at auto parts outlets.

  • Kevin Buchs Jul 22, 2009

    Could I get help specific to a 2004 Camry?

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The best way is to mix 2 parts water with 1 part bleach and just spray into the vent while the fan is off and into the return vent while the fan is on.

There is no specific mold removal for any one vehicle.

The best place to purchase bleach is at your local grocery store.

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Hi There,

Molds occur from accumulated dust which thrives in the moisture of the AC and multiplies in between use of your AC. Cleaning molds off your car differs a little from removing molds on your house's AC. It only takes a little more work and patience due to the compact nature of the car's AC. Most likely that you have not yet eliminated all of the molds when you had it cleaned the last time. Check out the evaporator, the coils under the dashboard. If you can have it removed have the unit removed and have it cleaned. Then you can go at the vents to remove the remainder. At times you may have to use a scrub on the vents (not on the evaporator) to get all the molds out. You may use a mold remover in doing the cleaning. For the evaporator a pressure wash would give it a thorough clean. Have it tried before assembling the unit. I would also suggest to use natural mold removers or mold killers to be sprayed on once in a while especially if you live at a humid or damp climate.

Posted on Jul 19, 2009

  • Nicolo Carlo Parazo Jul 21, 2009

    Hi,

    For the animal, my theory would be underneath the dash, small opening are enough for small rodents to pass through or via the firewall under the hood. IT may have chewed its way through the rubber boot for the wiring harness or for the AC itself. Another option which I have left out is to have your car undergo "AC disinfecting" with your dealer.

    To do a DIY on this, I think you will not find a mold remover from an auto supply. Aircon whether they are for home or the vehicle has similar components. The difference is the size and the vents. You can get mold removers from hardwares or home centers. The small one may cost you from 17-20 dollars depending on the strength and brand.

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