2020 Ttanium Hybrid/2009 Limited Hybrid/1978 F-250 Custom
Welcome to the City, Shadow.Hi,
I'm new to this group but I just recently purchased a 2012 Ford Escape Limited with 157,000kms on it that seems to be fully loaded. Never knew this car can parallel park it self. Its a neat little SUV. I bought it as a daily driver to protect my 1997 Mercury Cougar.
I noticed that lately when I turn on the vents or front defogger they smell REALLY bad. Almost like a burning/musty/zoo type of smell. I've read that it could be a dirty Evaporator Core? Has anyone here replaced that part or know of any solutions on how to get rid of this smell. I can't stand it anymore! It's worth noting that it looks like there was never a cabin air filter on this car. I looked more into it and found out that when they were being built it was skipped, not sure how true this is though.
My 2009 has a cabin air filter… I've never heard that before, that they skipped some years. What is more likely, someone tore it out trying to figure out where The stench was coming from, and just never replaced it.
I have heard of this issue when a car has survived a flood, or a fire.(which legally must be disclosed)
I have seen one time where a rodent got down inside of the heater core box… died and stank bad
One odd thing, with the vehicle on recirculate cabin air, I have seen children stuffed things inside the reciculation intake… Like an old sandwich, I found one stuffed with Legos one time…
last thing I would try, switch your system to Dash vent only, close all the vents but one, then you could reverse shop vac- blow air through the system backwards… watching the cabin air intake area to see if anything flies out.
likely going to require tearing apart your dash. I would try cramming a bunch of air freshener trees inside the filter box to see if it helps at all, at least make it tolerable until you figure it out