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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-18-2014, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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Strange smell from vents

Earlier this past summer, when I started using my AC in the truck, a smell would come from the vents and last for a minute or so. Then be gone. The smell was a manure, barn or stable smell. Some friends have said it smells like band aids...but I still say manure.

The truck is a 2013 with 8600 km...btw

A search online showed I was not alone with this problem. Some people are still fighting with dealers to not just deodorize the vents but to fix the problem. Others have had their evaporators replaced and that seems to fix it.

I finally took it to the dealer 2 weeks ago. After many trained "sniffers" took their turn smelling the air coming out my vents, they all agreed it smells...LOL
The job was sent to the Ford Hotline. And I was told I would hear from them in a few days.

They called last week and said Ford will be replacing my evaporator. Apparently the seams are seaping refrigerant and there is some kind of mould issue also.
I take my truck in next week to have my dash removed and evaporator installed. I am very pleased that it is getting fixed but a little worried how many rattles and squeaks I'll have after the dash reinstall...LOL...oh well.

So if anyone is getting a strange smell from your vents, check into this issue.

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Good heads up Dwayne, thanks for posting it up and not just ranting about the problem like some people have a tendency to do and then demanding a fix.

Hope your downtime is minimal as well as any post repair rattle and squeaks.

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I try and shut the a/c off before i shut the vehicle off.

by shutting the car off with a/c cold. the warm air will condense. the water from the condensation will sit. by sitting it will cause mold to develop.

I noticed when i forgot to shut the a/c off I knew the next time i drove the car, as I could smell it a bit, but not for long.
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I would be curious as to what the tech line told them. My FX4 has had the bandaid smell from day one and everyone refuses to do anything about it. It really stinks when you have the heat on... to the point of a headache. Do you mind posting what your work order said?
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I would be curious as to what the tech line told them. My FX4 has had the bandaid smell from day one and everyone refuses to do anything about it. It really stinks when you have the heat on... to the point of a headache. Do you mind posting what your work order said?
I'll post all the info. Truck doesn't go in till the 29th though.

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Great

I don't buy the a/c off before stopping the truck thing. I have 2 2013's, one being an XLT and the other being the FX4. The XLT never makes any odors and the a/c is honestly a lot better in it than the FX4's. Not to mention I have vehicles over 10 years old with working a/c and no stink in them lol. I guarantee my evaporator core is leaking too but getting someone to actually change it is another story.
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Ok. Truck went in today. They had it from 7:45am to 5:20 pm. The drive home was odourless!!!! Other notes...the AC seems very cold now and I did not hear any squeaks or rattles from the reinstalled dash. I will keep this thread updated if the smell returns.


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Great news Dwayne, glad you got it taken care of with no issues, nice follow up.

Personal opinion, but I'm glad to see someone posting some good customer service feedback instead of the bitch and whine sessions we see sometimes.

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Cool. Well hopefully somebody does that for me eventually. I won't chase it until I get lots of smell... which running defrost inevitably should bring on.
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I agree Mike, the whining gets old fast.

Overall it was a very positive experience. I was called twice with updates on my truck throughout the day and they even had a rental ready for me, if the truck wasn't ready at closing time.

On another note, I had to pay for a 4-wheel alignment. My front tires were wearing funny, but I kept procrastinating and took it in 2 months past the 12 month 20,000 km coverage in which the alignment would have been free...an $80 lesson...my bad.

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