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The HVAC system in my Vibe smells bad, like something is decaying inside the heater core area. For a few days this summer there was water, I'm assuming from condensation due to AC draining inside the cabin. I took it to a dealer and they cleaned out the drain line and "cleaned" the core. It came back smelling like too strong, bad, artificial strawberry flavor. When that dissapated it smelled about as bad as before. I took it in again and I think they made some progress but it stills smells bad. How hard is it to pull the heater core and clean this area thoroughly.

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The auto parts store has cans of cleaner that you spray into the outside air intake. Ask the autoparts people to help you find it to make sure you dont get something that just masks the smell. The purpose of this stuff is not to mask the smell, the purpose is to kill the mildew/crud that is sitting on the inside of your vent system. Its strong stuff and not good to breath. Read the directions carefully and pay particular attention to any safety related guidance. Spray that stuff into the outside air intake with the car ventilation fan off. Let it sit for a while. Then run the care ventilation system (not in recirc mode) with the windows open. I would not recommend sitting in the car while that stuff is being pushed out the interior car vents. I would also cycle the ventilation through the defrost mod, the heat mod ....all the modes you have as choices for the air circulation. And of course you want to make sure your drain to the condenser/ventilation is not blocked. Good luck

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Try the auto parts store for some stuff to spay into the vents to freshen it up.
mold, mildew could be present from the clogged hose

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