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the past 2 days when i start my truck in the morning the air vents put out a old dusty stale smell instead of the nice clean leathery smell my truck has always had
WTF?
is there a filter or something for the air system that needs changing?
I didnt see anything in the book but i might have missed it:fart
 

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I Eat Rice
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Using the A/C much?
 

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Cabin filter needs to be changed out.
 

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There is NO cabin filter on these trucks...
 

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They dont filter the air...
 

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Thats seems odd to me, I've never heard of there being no cabin filter to filter the incoming air.
 

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a lot of vehicles dont have a cabin air filter...
 

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News to me I guess, well then I dont know why your truck stinks.
 

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It prob stinks due to him leaving the vents closed while parked and dampness getting in the vents and sitting there creating mold/mildew, therefore the stench...
 

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Did you leave it on defrost or switch from it before shut down? In both my truck and a jeep, any setting that uses the AC compressor will smell if you turn it from that setting to another, and then shut the vehicle off for a period of time. Like, in the summer, if you're running the AC, then switch to "vent" for a minute and turn the vehicle off. Probably lets moisture condense inside the vents, and then you get the smell. I noticed it doesnt do it if I turn the AC directly off and dont try to get any fresh air in there before i turn it off.
 

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i have noticed the same thing! wtf lol
 

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i live in west texas
i wake up and its 30* outside and by lunch i need the a/c on because its 75* out :haha

i dont think its that though, it was a straight dirt smell, i was hoping that there was some kind of filter to change. it hasn't been like that the past day or so. i think i will go bug the service guys and see what they think it is
 

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Did you go mudding or go out on a dirt road, something to introduce dirt into the vent system? If not then it is most likely a moisture/mildew issue.
 

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i drive caliche roads to get to oil wells
 

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Welp then dust + condensation = mud... Theres yer problem!

Get some vent cleaner/ Odor neutralizer spray from auto parts store...
 
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Welp then dust + condensation = mud... Theres yer problem!

Get some vent cleaner/ Odor neutralizer spray from auto parts store...
who makes vent cleaner?
 
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