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#1020 of 1079 Bad Odour From A/C and also Tire Rotation problem
Jul 07, 2010 (6:41 am)
Hi, I have lot of questions.
1. Is anybody experiencing bad odour from their 2009 Camry when the A/C is switched on? I washed my car and i feel water or something has entered the front grills of my car and since then bad odour is coming up its been almost 9 months and its still not going and its bad when its rainy and less when the weather is hot.
2. I had my servicing done 3 months back and after they rotated the tires my car is drifting towards the right little.. i had to go on a vacation and could not take it back to the dealer on time and now he is asking me $60 + tax for tire alignment... Is it very necessary?
3. I am not at all happy with the Toyota Dealer i am going to for my vehicle servicing... Is it ok to get the oil changes done in Wal-Mart or Firestone etc? What are the advantages of taking it to a dealer itself?
#1021 of 1079 Re: Bad Odour From A/C and also Tire Rotation problem [santocs]
Jul 07, 2010 (8:43 am)
"1. Is anybody.."
Most everybody at one time or another in certain climate zones and with these more modern high(er) efficiency A/C systems will have experienced the "dirty gym socks" odor.
Approximately 10,000 square inches of tightly packaged evaporator cooling vane surface area and a pretty well sealed, restricted air flow-through cabin environment.
The simplest solution is to leave windows cracked just a bit during the night to let the accumulated moisture dry out. Also solves, mostly, the issue of sudden unexpected windshield fogging.
See airsept.com for a possible answer.
#1022 of 1079 Re: Bad Odour From A/C and also Tire Rotation problem [santocs]
Jul 07, 2010 (8:59 am)
For the musty smell from wet evaporators, may I offer a couple more things I've done to what Wwest has offered.
If you are able to leave your car parked in the sun with the windows down at last an inch for air flow, I find that heats up the whole car and dries the offending moisture in the heater box. The windows allow the breeze to pull air through the heater and help dry it. If the day is really breezy, I will leave windows on one side open and close the others to help draw air through the heater box.
I also turn off the AC before I get home and turn the blower on HIGH for the last quarter mile or so. I sometimes let the blower run before leaving the car. Again, I feel that helps pull moisture off the fins inside the heater and drain out.
#1023 of 1079 Re: Bad Odour From A/C and also Tire Rotation problem [imidazol97]
Jul 07, 2010 (10:16 am)
also can anyone tell me how often i need to align and rotate the tires? I have not done it till now and i have around 22500 miles on my 2009 Camry and i am taking it for servicing today afternoon.
My car is drifting slightly to the right after the tires were rotated last time at the dealership..
#1024 of 1079 Re: Bad Odour From A/C and also Tire Rotation problem [santocs]
Jul 07, 2010 (11:40 am)
Maybe it's time to get out the owners manual and READ IT!
#1025 of 1079 Re: Bad Odour From A/C and also Tire Rotation problem [dmathews3]
Jul 08, 2010 (4:03 am)
Dmathews3 - If you have already read the manual.. why don't you tell the info to the forum??
#1026 of 1079 Re: Bad Odour From A/C and also Tire Rotation problem [santocs]
Jul 08, 2010 (4:10 am)
I don't mind helping people who help themselves but if you're going to drive/own a car than you can at least have enough common sense to know what kind and when to do maintainance on it. I stand by my orginal post.
#1027 of 1079 Re: Bad Odour From A/C and also Tire Rotation problem [dmathews3]
Jul 08, 2010 (4:56 am)
Dmathews3 - There is no mention about aligning the tires at regular intervals. All service schedule mention only about tire rotation and nothing about Alignment.
I also checked with the dealership about this and they also mentioned the same thing and said they would be doing this only during the 30,000 mile service.
I just put the post to get some info if anybody has any idea.
But unfortunately you did not have the common sense to understand it
#1028 of 1079 Re: Bad Odour From A/C and also Tire Rotation problem [santocs]
Jul 08, 2010 (5:18 am)
Unless you for example hit a chuckhole to many times than you shouldn't need an alignment. If by looking at your tires they are wearing evenly and there is no shaking or vibration in the steering wheel why would you want to spend money to fix something that isn't wrong? Every car I have owned stated in the manual when you need to get the oil changed. Most gave a couple different examples as in normal and extreme as in very hot weather, trailer towing etc. In the first couple days of ownership everyone should take the time to at least read over the mantenance part of their manual as it can save them time and money and in some cases big bucks due to lack of mantenance. Somewhere along the timeline of life you have to give up momma telling you what to do and take on that for yourself. In my original post I wasn't trying to be funny or a smart--- I was just trying to tell the person they need to do a little something for themselves and not rely on everyone else for your information. Second hand info can be dangerous and besides when to change your oil can and is different for most everyone as everyone has their own reasons for why they change it at certain mileages. Used to be every 1K in the old days as there were no filters on cars. Then 3K when filters were installed and this is what most dealers want cause it is big profits in oil changes. But most of us know that lots of new vehicles can go 10K and in some cases like my motorhome it goes once a year or 15K between changes. I make it a point to know what is required because in the case of the motorhome do I want to change 22+ quarts of oil every 3K miles?
#1029 of 1079 Sticky residue at the top of the windows
Jul 08, 2010 (6:13 am)
Has anybody experienced sticky residue on the top of the windows which goes inside the window frame... toyota dealer said that may cause the windows to get stuck and not roll properly. they cleaned one of them while servicing but left others.
Does anybody know if there are any cleaners available in market which can be used to clean them? I have used Meguars and Armoral sprays and cleaning cloths but they did not work.