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I've heard of this before but never paid much attention as to what causes it or what I can do to make it STOP!
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That's weird! Because I just said today... My a/c stinks. Hmmmm.....
 
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Maybe stop propping up your feet on the vents. :crazy:
I'M SERIOUS!! And how am I supposed to prop my feet on the vents when I'm driving?...answer me that, wisenheimer!!!
 

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Why do we always have the same problems? I'm starting to blame Idaho on this haha.
 

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mopargal -

Did you notice this smell before or after they replaced your cracked windshield? ... sometimes the adhesives used to seal the windshield can get into the duct work ... and give off awful odors.

You might also want to check your A/C (cabin) Air Filter for signs of "smelly Idaho bacteria" contamination :D

... from the 2013 Dodge Dart Owner's Manual:

2013 Dart Owner's Manual pgs 539-541.JPG
 

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My windshield hasn't been replaced yet and I know what RTV smells like...this isn't that bad but its unpleasant to say the least!
 

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I was about to post this same thing. It just started today on my way back to the hotel i'm staying at.... I'm glad i'm not the only with this problem.
 

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I was about to post this same thing. It just started today on my way back to the hotel i'm staying at.... I'm glad i'm not the only with this problem.
Seeeeeeee!!!!

Thanks Snackpack!
 

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Wonder if the ACs are leaking back onto the cabin filter... Might take the cabin filter out after you drive around a bit and see if its wet.
 

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Ok....is the cabin filter something I can replace easily or does it get cleaned? I don't have a MANUAL...I guess I should download from the Dodge website, huh? sounds like a plan.
 

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STANDARD PROCEDURE - A/C EVAPORATOR CLEANING
Some vehicle operators may experience a musty odor from the A/C system, primarily at start up in hot and humid climates. This odor may be the result of microbial growth on the cooling coil. During normal A/C system operation, condensation forms in and around the A/C cooling coil. When airborne pollutants mix with this condensation, bacteria and fungi growth begins and odor may result.

If the vehicle operator experiences a musty odor when operating the A/C system, perform the following procedure.

WARNING: Always use eye protection, rubber gloves and protective clothing when performing the following procedure. Avoid continuous breathing of vapors from evaporator coil cleaning and sealing fluids. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Failure to follow these instruction may result in possible serious or fatal injury.



On models equipped with a particulate air filter, remove the filter and inspect for dirt and debris (Refer to 24 - Heating and Air Conditioning/Distribution/FILTER, Particulate Air - Removal) . Discard the used particulate filter if required.

Remove the cowl panel cover (refer to 23 - Body/Exterior for more information).

Clean any dirt and debris that may be present at the HVAC fresh air inlet screen and at the top of the cowl panel.

Install the cowl panel cover.

Raise and support the vehicle.

Inspect the evaporator drain hose or tube (depending on application) for foreign material that may be blocking the drain and repair as necessary.

Once drain operation has been verified;
when equipped with a rubber drain hose, temporarily pinch the drain hose closed using an appropriate pair of heater hose pliers.
when equipped with a solid plastic drain tube, obtain an appropriate size rubber or plastic cap or plug and temporarily cap or plug the drain tube.


Lower the vehicle.

Place a protective cover over the front passenger side floor and seat area.

Remove the blower motor (Refer to 24 - Heating and Air Conditioning/Distribution/MOTOR, Blower - Removal) .

Remove the blower motor power module (Refer to 24 - Heating and Air Conditioning/Controls/MODULE, Power - Removal) .

Clean any dirt and debris that may be present inside the HVAC blower motor housing and all readily accessible areas inside the HVAC housing. If necessary, use a vacuum with a small flexible hose, and take caution not to damage the evaporator core fins.

Using PSE Flex Spray Delivery Tool 534-62637 or equivalent, completely coat the entire surface of A/C evaporator with three bottles of Mopar® Cooling Coil Cleaner through the blower motor and power module or resistor openings. Be sure to use all of the coil cleaner in each container.

Allow the vehicle to sit for 30 minutes.

Raise and support the vehicle.
WARNING: Excess cooling coil cleaner will drain from the evaporator housing when the clamp, cap or plug is removed from the evaporator drain hose or tube. Always use eye protection, rubber gloves and protective clothing. Avoid continuous breathing of vapors from evaporator coil cleaning fluid. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Failure to follow these instruction may result in possible serious or fatal injury.





Remove the previously installed clamp, cap or plug from the evaporator drain hose or tube and allow excess coil cleaner to drain from the HVAC housing.

Lower the vehicle.

Refill the three empty coil cleaner bottles with clean tap water.

Using PSE Flex Spray Delivery Tool 534-62637 or equivalent, completely rinse the entire surface of A/C evaporator with the three bottles of clean tap water through the blower motor and power module or resistor openings. Be sure to use all of the water in each container.

Install the blower motor (Refer to 24 - Heating and Air Conditioning/Distribution/MOTOR, Blower - Installation) .

Install the blower motor power module (Refer to 24 - Heating and Air Conditioning/Controls/MODULE, Power - Installation) .

Disconnect the wire harness connector from the A/C compressor to disable compressor operation (Refer to 24 - Heating and Air Conditioning/Plumbing/COMPRESSOR, A/C - Removal) .

Start the engine

Adjust all the windows so they are open approximately 8 mm (0.5 in.).

Set the A/C-heater controls to the following:
air distribution to Panel and Recirculation mode
temperature to full heat


Allow the vehicle to run for 20 minutes.

Turn the engine off.

Raise and support the vehicle.

Inspect the evaporator drain hose or tube (depending on application) for foreign material that may have blocked the drain during evaporator coil cleaning and repair as necessary.

Once drain operation has been verified;
when equipped with a rubber drain hose, temporarily pinch the drain hose closed using an appropriate pair of heater hose pliers.
when equipped with a solid plastic drain tube, obtain an appropriate size rubber or plastic cap or plug and temporarily cap or plug the drain tube.


Lower the vehicle.

Remove the blower motor (Refer to 24 - Heating and Air Conditioning/Distribution/MOTOR, Blower - Removal) .

Remove the blower motor power module (Refer to 24 - Heating and Air Conditioning/Controls/MODULE, Power - Removal) .

Using PSE Flex Spray Delivery Tool 534-62637 or equivalent, completely coat the entire surface of A/C evaporator with one bottle of Mopar® Cooling Coil Coating through the blower motor and power module or resistor openings. Be sure to use all of the coil coating in the container.

NOTE: Be sure to thoroughly clean out the spray delivery tool with warm water once coil coating is complete to prevent damage to the tool.



Refill the empty bottles with clean warm tap water and completely rinse out the PSE Flex Spray Delivery Tool 534-62637, or equivalent.

Allow the vehicle to sit for 30 minutes.

Install the blower motor (Refer to 24 - Heating and Air Conditioning/Distribution/MOTOR, Blower - Installation) .

Install the blower motor power module (Refer to 24 - Heating and Air Conditioning/Controls/MODULE, Power - Installation) .

Raise and support the vehicle.
WARNING: Excess cooling coil coating will drain from the evaporator housing when the clamp, cap or plug is removed from the evaporator drain hose or tube. Always use eye protection, rubber gloves and protective clothing. Avoid continuous breathing of vapors from evaporator coil sealing fluid. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Failure to follow these instruction may result in possible serious or fatal injury.





Remove the previously installed clamp, cap or plug from the evaporator drain hose or tube and allow excess coil coating to drain from the HVAC housing.

Lower the vehicle.

Start the engine

Adjust all the windows so they are open approximately 8 mm (0.5 in.).

Set the A/C-heater controls to the following:
air distribution to Panel and Recirculation mode
temperature to full heat


Allow the vehicle to run for 20 minutes.

Turn vehicle off.

Remove protective cover from front passenger side floor and seat area.

On models equipped with a particulate air filter, install the filter (Refer to 24 - Heating and Air Conditioning/Distribution/FILTER, Particulate Air - Installation) .

Connect the wire harness connector to the A/C compressor (Refer to 24 - Heating and Air Conditioning/Plumbing/COMPRESSOR, A/C - Installation) .

Verify proper A/C-heater system operation.
 

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I hate to throw this out there, but my Buick started having a strange smell a few weeks ago and it was a slow freon leak. Cost $780 to fix it! I hope its your filter.
 

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I don't have a MANUAL...I guess I should download from the Dodge website
They didn't give you an owner's manual when you bought your Dart??? Never heard of such a thing.

Anyhow, I downloaded a pdf copy and have been browsing through it just to learn how various things work before we buy one in a few more months.

2013 Dodge Dart Manuals - Instructions on replacing the A/C air filter start on pg 539.
 

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Haha that looks like a lot of stuff, especially for someone who's in transit... I think i'll just swing by a dealership over the weekend to see if they can handle this for me.
Just something else to add to my list when I go for the oil change on Saturday-I hope Skippy has plenty of coffee made because it looks like I'll be camping out for the day...dammital!
 

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RoadiJeff, I got an owner's guide but not the manual. I've downloaded the pdf file also-thanks!
 
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