Bad Odor from A/C

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Asked by May 28, 2015 at 09:37 AM about the 2014 Toyota Camry SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2014 Toyota Camry, purchased it brand new last year and I noticed a bad smelling odor at about 6k miles. Took it to the dealer and was told that they suggest I change my filter the charcoal one for $150. I told them to hold off on that because it just didn't seem right that the a/c would start to smell that fast on a new car. I've had plenty of used cars with high mileage and never experienced this. After doing a lot of research I realized that this is a big problem for many newer car owners. What in the world can I do about this? I replaced the filter myself, leave my vents on outside/fresh mode, and even tried spraying the intake valve. My noise burns so bad by the time I reach my destination that I'm scared it's going to affecting my health. HELP, someone please!

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You can try this trick, put the heat on max. and open all the windows and drive around to try and burn off the bacteria and other things on the condensor. Sometimes this works. You might need to use a special AC condensor cleaner or lysol directly on the condensor to clean it. So you changed the cabin air filter already?

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Same issue. It's epidemic with the vehicle and not a new issue. See link... http://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/53133-toyota-hit-with-class-action-over-moldy-smell-in-camry-ac-system/ Plus, our Toyota dealer said DO NOT USE LYSOL or they'll not be responsible.

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I tried using Meguiar's Air Freshener, New Car, Multicolor Meguiar's Air Freshener, This works really well. just follow directions. Let A/C run with recirculation on. Press button on air freshener and run for 15 minutes.

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I sold off my other Honda , which never gave me any problem. Toyota on the other hand is full of problems. First they had a sticky dashboard. They kept denying it till they received a court order after a class action lawsuit to fix it. And glad my camrys dashboard is fixed. And now there is this another problem to tackle. Nasty smell on turning on the car ac/heater. Doesn't matter if its AC or heater , whether you spray lysol or something else,change the cabin air filter etc. The smell just comes back. There is another problem with my 07 camry, strong vibrating noise from hood which goes away after driving around for sometime. My friend had the same problem so its not an isolated case. I considered toyota and honda to be reliable , but I guess I will remove Toyota off that list.

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