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Awful smell with wiper fluid + fan on

Hey all.. lease was up on my '11 Laredo X, picked up at '15 Granite Altitude on 11/10 (haven't had a chance to get any good pictures yet). I've found that whenever I use the wiper fluid with the interior fan on there is a god awful smell that comes inside, with the fan off the the smell doesn't come through. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? And, no, I did not attempt to smell the reservoir, honestly didn't even think about it til I was typing this up. Fluid has been topped off once but never fully depleted either.

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Old 12-24-2014, 11:17 AM
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Re: Awful smell with wiper fluid + fan on

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Hey all.. lease was up on my '11 Laredo X, picked up at '15 Granite Altitude on 11/10 (haven't had a chance to get any good pictures yet). I've found that whenever I use the wiper fluid with the interior fan on there is a god awful smell that comes inside, with the fan off the the smell doesn't come through. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? And, no, I did not attempt to smell the reservoir, honestly didn't even think about it til I was typing this up. Fluid has been topped off once but never fully depleted either.
No, haven't noticed it, however since you are spraying wiper fluid onto the windshield and there is a fresh air intake just under it, it would not be surprising...

Checked for cracked/leaking hoses/nozzles just for grins?

What brand of fluid? They don't all smell the same, and I suppose you could spice up one of the milder smelling ones with your favorite fragrance next time you get one of those 20-25% off emails from 99 Perfume...
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Re: Awful smell with wiper fluid + fan on

your cabin (a/c) filter needs changed.
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Re: Awful smell with wiper fluid + fan on

your cabin (a/c) filter needs changed. use a good charcoal/hepa (or nearly so) infused one for best odor knock down. another way to prove it's the cabin filter is to while smelling it turn on recirc and it will go away (or mostly so) as it is bypassing this filter and drawing only from within cabin.
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Re: Awful smell with wiper fluid + fan on

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your cabin (a/c) filter needs changed. use a good charcoal/hepa (or nearly so) infused one for best odor knock down. another way to prove it's the cabin filter is to while smelling it turn on recirc and it will go away (or mostly so) as it is bypassing this filter and drawing only from within cabin.

Why would he change the filter? The vehicle is only one month old.
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Why would he change the filter? The vehicle is only one month old.
Doh! He wouldnt, I scanned too quickly and only caught the '11 Laredo, missed the trade :0

So either u have some really stanky fluid or....in your month have u carwashed it? If so, it could be the nasty reclaim water vapor being sucked into your cabin filter..it always best to either have fun off or recirc on while actually in wash to avoid sucking the putrid reclaim vapor thru the filter.
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Re: Awful smell with wiper fluid + fan on

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So either u have some really stanky fluid or....in your month have u carwashed it? If so, it could be the nasty reclaim water vapor being sucked into your cabin filter..it always best to either have fun off or recirc on while actually in wash to avoid sucking the putrid reclaim vapor thru the filter.
I have not! There hasn't been much more than 2 consecutive days of good weather so I haven't bothered
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Re: Awful smell with wiper fluid + fan on

It's very easy to mix up Radiator Fill with Wiper Fill on the WK2 GC. By any chance could someone have put antifreeze in the wiper fill !!


That might stink if someone did.
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It's very easy to mix up Radiator Fill with Wiper Fill on the WK2 GC. By any chance could someone have put antifreeze in the wiper fill !!

That might stink if someone did.
Oh man.. That would just suck
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Oh man.. That would just suck
Not as much as the reverse, washer fluid in rad. Yikes!
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Re: Awful smell with wiper fluid + fan on

I use a washer additive that has a fragrance and can smell it when I use the wipers whem I'm stopped in traffic. You may have to empty the washer fluid tank to get rid of the smell.
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Re: Awful smell with wiper fluid + fan on

Most likely its the stale washer fluid from Detroit MI that has sat in there for eternity. Best bet is to siphin as much out as you can and then put new stuff in. Actually, it is the rubber hoses and reservoir that make it smell. Offgassing into the fluid.
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