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Why does my car always smell musty?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQ on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at 8:00 am
Car vent with green smoke coming out of it

Has your car developed a musty odor that makes each trip out the door less than a pleasant experience? Have you stopped offering rides to friends because of embarrassment? We address the three most common reasons why your car has a musty odor and what you can do to eliminate it once and for all below.

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3 Common Reasons Your Car Has A Musty Odor

Wet Upholstery

Vacuuming a car interiorWorn door and window seals, an open window during a rainstorm, or wet boots can all contribute to wet upholstery. If your upholstery and carpeting get soaked and don’t have the proper chance to dry out, a musty odor can develop that sticks around and gets worse in the rain. To address the problem, remove all carpeted floor mats and thoroughly clean all upholstery and carpeting with a car-friendly shampoo. Be sure to let your vehicle air out and dry after washing. To prevent further issues, have your service center check your door and window seals for potential leaks and invest in quality rubber floor mats that will prevent your carpeting from getting wet.

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Dirty Air Vents

A buildup of dirt and debris in your air vents can start to develop strong musty odors. Luckily, this problem has a quick fix and just requires some extra cleaning. Use an air canister to blow dust and debris free or clean the outer and inner areas of your vent using a small object like a toothbrush. Make this a regular part of your cleaning routine so the unpleasant odors stay at bay.

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Water in the Air Conditioning System

Occasionally, water may build up in your air conditioning system and develop mold and mildew. If you smell musty odors the strongest when your air conditioning system is running, this is likely the culprit. To rid your vehicle of odors, run your air vents with no cooling to dry out the system. If the problem persists, have your service center check your air conditioning system for any problems.

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