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Ever since I've had my 07R (since Jan), I've had a funky smell from the ventilation system. When first turning on the AC, it's even worse. <p>Kinda reminds me of the 8th grade gym locker I had way-back-when. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Any recommendations? <p>p.s. I asked John at BVV about replacing the charcoal filter, and he thought that would not help. He had two recommendations: a spray for the dash vents and/or a liquid air freshener that you pour into your windshield washer fluid (with each use a whiff gets into the outside vents). Seems to me this is treating the symptoms and not the cause.<p><br>
 

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Re: Help with Funky smell from AC (bingo1)

YOu need Afterblow<p>and to de-mold / clean your system. <p>Search for them, it can be fixed <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">. I'm too <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0"> to remember.
 

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Re: Help with Funky smell from AC (bingo1)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bingo1</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Ever since I've had my 07R (since Jan), I've had a funky smell from the ventilation system. When first turning on the AC, it's even worse. <p>Kinda reminds me of the 8th grade gym locker I had way-back-when. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Any recommendations? <p>p.s. I asked John at BVV about replacing the charcoal filter, and he thought that would not help. He had two recommendations: a spray for the dash vents and/or a liquid air freshener that you pour into your windshield washer fluid (with each use a whiff gets into the outside vents). Seems to me this is treating the symptoms and not the cause.</TD></TR></TABLE>I am assuming the cabin filter has not been changed since the car was new? I would start there first. If I remember, the filter is changed every 15K.
 

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Re: Help with Funky smell from AC (bingo1)

Volvo has TNN (fix) for this under warranty
 

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Re: Help with Funky smell from AC (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Volvo has TNN (fix) for this under warranty</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes, I had the same problem a couple of months ago. When it first appeared I thought I had forgotten to take my shower in the morning, but I soon found out it was mold and bacterial buildup in the AC System. Very common in all cars with AC.<br>I called Volvo and they told me to bring it in. They did an AC cleaning service covered under warranty.
 

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Does it smell kinda like vinegar?<p>And isn't afterblow enabled by default? Or did they stop using it in later MYs?<br>EDIT: Found my answer from the <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=105524&postid=1084024#1084024" TARGET="_blank">full TNN</A><br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">NOTE: Up through 2002 Afterblow was activated from the factory, 2003 and later Afterblow<br>will be Retailer activated only.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">TNN87-53-2005-11-21 Title: Air Conditioning, 'Afterblow' Function.<br>Under certain conditions, customers may complain about a musty odor from the A/C system. Activating the afterblow function will minimize this from occurring.</TD></TR></TABLE>
 

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This flier was sent to me a short while ago:<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/jh2007/image/111078971/large.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Afterglow (err blow) is great! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>I smoke and even though I open the window and hold the damn thing out the window, any Volvo that I own and has this activated, no smells! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Many thanks, JRL and others who replied. I will take it into Volvo for the TNN under warranty.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Afterglow (err blow) is great! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>I smoke and even though I open the window and hold the damn thing out the window, any Volvo that I own and has this activated, no smells! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thats what you think <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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My dirty trunk monkey's ass never smells like dirty monkey ass when I am in my car. My passengers never complain. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Just got my afterblow enable in my R couple weeks ago (finaly!) Did not have to do any cleaning. Just had to use the A/C and leave it on and after about two weeks the smell is TOTALLY gone <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> No cleaning was required (and I still have the original cabin filter at 50K Km).<p>Yes, it was a vinager-like smell.<p>LTA<br>
 

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Re: Help with Funky smell from AC (bingo1)

1) You can turn on afterblow<p>2) Open all your windows and crank up the heater to max heat and max speed, and let it run for, oh, say 20 minutes. That will kill most bacteria/mold/etc. in the system. Then see if the smell is still there.
 
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