Interior mold ordor

dodge
dakota

#1

I have a 2004 Dodge Dakota I bought used. Every time I turn the heater / defroster on I smell a mold odor. I am very alergic to mold and develope a nasty sinus headache and runny nose very quickly.

Question: is their a filter I can change at the air intake point & ( where is it )

Could I mist a bleach water mix at the intake area? Hoping that the bleach gets sucked up and kills the mold where ever it

is. I am desperate. I thought I heard some where on a show ( maybe yours ) a caller having this same problem but I only caught the tail end of the conversation.

please help, its too cold now to go with out heat. Thank you.


#2

Turn the car on and roll down all the windows. Turn the heater on at half heat, set it to foot-defrost, and turn the blower on high. Dump an entire can of Lysol into the intake vents (below the driver side wiper on the outside).


#3

Do a vehicle history check on car fax and other sites. Sounds like it had water damage in the past.


#4

Eh, maybe. More likely that the previous owner spent years shutting the car off after having run the air conditioner, without letting the system run on vent for a minute or two first. The cold air vents then condense moisture on themselves, and then they warm up. Warm, wet, and dark is mold’s favorite growth environment.


#5

Tom and Ray have many times suggested having the ac drip hose blown out, as moisture not released by a clogged drip tube could be a source of the problem.


#6

Shadowfax, I have a question. My dealer also told me to let the A/C run on VENT before shutdown BUT… I live in Florida and most of the year the weather is hot and humid. If I let the outside air in through the A/C system then I am bringing warm moist air to condense on the evaporator coils and foster mold. I believe that recirculating the interior air dries out the air and limits the amount of moisture to foster mold. Any coment from Click and Clack or others?