I have a Honda Accord '97 SE. When I turn on the air conditioner I get a very foul smell coming from the top air vents (not the bottom). Smells like a dead animal (mouse? - they have definitely been in the car, nesting and all), or their droppings/urine?
Took the car to the shop and they could find nothing in the blower (usual place for dead mice) and are now talking about having to take apart the whole dashboard to investigate. They can't estimate how long this might take or how much this will cost.
They DID find that the airconditioner is no longer working and that needs replacing, which means a major $ outlay.
Living without air conditioning is not an option -- NC summers, plus the AC has to stay on in winter to prevent windows from fogging up.
1. Any ideas about how to figure out where the smell is coming from, and/or how to get rid of it, that won't cost a lot of $$$$$$?
2. Is there something I can check out before paying a mechanic to do that?
3. Any thoughts on how to successfully keep mice out of the car (we live in the woods). I've read this is a common problem for Hondas.