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How to deal with horrible smell coming from AC?

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It got hot enough this week for me to turn on the AC. When I'm about to reach my destination I usually turn the AC off and let the fan run to dry off any condensation in the vents. This year though when I let the fan run the smell coming out of the vents is really bad :x :cry:. Anybody dealt with this before?
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Might be a good idea to change your cabin air filter as well. They are relatively cheap and very easy to change.
A BIG +1 on this!

Any other treatment will fail until you remove the offending material that is lodged in the disposable filter.
 

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This is a common complaint with many OEMs. One countermeasure that is being designed into vehicles with Auto A/C is that the initial blast of air is directed down towards the footwell, then adjusts to the face setting after 2-3 seconds. This redirects that initial odor away from the occupant. I manually did this with my old WRX and definitely helped.
 
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