I have an Escalade that smells like a new car until you turn on the air conditioner. Then it smells like cat piss! Could that be what it is and if so, can it be cleaned out of the system somehow?

Asked by Nov 09, 2015 at 08:59 PM about the 2012 Cadillac Escalade Premium RWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

No, I do not own a cat.

5 Answers

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You probably have a cabin air filter that needs changing. Spray some disinfectant on the new filter before you install it. HTH. -Jim

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Is your car still under warranty? If so take it to a dealer and make a stink!

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Seriously, fixing a moldy, stinky ventilation system can be very difficult and expensive to do IF you ever get it right.

Did you get an answer on how to replace the filter? I have same issue...bought the filter and now need to know where it is.

Cats get into the engine compartment area to stay warm at nite. For feral cats, that will become a place they go back to over and over again to lay their hat...or urine. Naturally, you can expect them to urinate in there as it will drip down and not all over them. Problem is, the urine gets onto the engine metal and pipes, etc., and when heated up, eventually is burnt into the metal. You cannot get that smell out but you can mask it. Good luck.

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