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  • Darren
    Darren - 1993 Cadillac Seville - Preventive Maintenance - 3/23/2012
    How can I remove A/C - Musty Odors Emitted From (HVAC) System?
    1993 Cadillac Seville Base 4.9L SFI 8cyl How Can I Remove A/C - Musty Odors Emitted From (HVAC) System? Every time I turn on my A/C for the first 5 min I get A Musty Odors Emitted From (HVAC) System and then it goes away. What can I do to correct the problem? I had ...
     
    • EG9 K20A3
      3/23/2012 EG9 K20A3
      NY Giants FTW!!!!!!!!!!

      We have the same experience, in my case it happens when i spray cologne to myself inside the car before i go to work. So i usually do it outside my car, whenever i do that there is no vinegar scent.

      Now with your case. Foul odors from an auto A/C system is actually a very common problem. It's also quite simple to solve, if you know how to get to the source of the problem. Countless 'fixes' promise to remove the odor, but only mask them.

      Understand first of all, that any product you spray into your dash vents or apply from inside the car will only mask the odors. They will not solve the problem, that's for sure.

      The problem starts at your auto A/C evaporator. More specifically, it starts on what is known as the 'air side' of the evaporator. That is the side that faces the incoming air. What you may not know is that all of the air that enters into your vehicle MUST pass over the evaporator first. Regardless if you're calling for cooling or heating, all of the air entering your vehicle passes over the evaporator first.

      The typical auto A/C system (or MHVAC... mobile heating, ventilation and air conditioning system) is actually a 'series re-heat' system. That means all the air entering your vehicle passes over the evaporator first. If you're calling for cooling or A/C, the air enters directly into your vehicle passenger compartment after passing over the evaporator. If you're calling for heat, then the air is directed from the evaporator to the heater. Then it enters your car as heated air. In the event you are calling for something between full heat of full cooling, then some of the air is directed right into the car while some of it is directed over the heater. The air mix provides the comfort level that you select. The only way to resolve the problem of odors from your auto A/C system is to get directly to the root of the problem. Evaporator treatments available on the market can do just that. The reason we say 'can', is that a lot of products sold as an odor treatment are still applied through the vents. By know you understand that anything applied through the vents will not solve the problem. Therefore, getting an odor treatment that's applied directly on the face of the evaporator will help eliminate the problem.

      The A/C Evaporator Treatment does just that. It's a complete single can application kit that includes a 30" spray wand that let's you get directly to the air side of the evaporator - exactly where the problem starts. This product is easy to install. Simply locate the evaporator case from under the hood. The evaporator is usually on the passenger side of the vehicle. The spray wan has to be inserted (through any opening) between the evaporator and the blower motor. That assures you are applying the product to the air side of the evaporator. If an opening is not available, you can loosen the blower motor housing and route the application hose into the evaporator case that way. The spray wand is only 3/16" of an inch thick, so just about any opening will do.

      In alternative cases, where no opening is available, you can CAREFULLY DRILL A 1/4" HOLE into the evaporator case. CAUTION must be used as drilling into the evaporator will cause a leak that is probably not repairable. With a small 1/4" hole in the air side of the evaporator, you can easily thread the application hose into the evaporator case. Once completed, simply use a 'puddy' to cap the hole.

      From our experience, one application will usually last between 3-6 months, depending on how contaminated the A/C evaporator is. Your particular results may vary.

  • Willie C Williams
    Willie C Williams - 1996 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 3/19/2012
    I have a (1996 Cadillac Deville 4.6 V8, Ineed to recharge the (AC), Can anyone tell me where the low side port is?
     
    • yboy82
      3/19/2012 yboy82
      You should check the low pressure charging port on the refrigerant line on your car. The low pressure port will be on the larger tube, usually near or on the accumulator.
  • greg
    greg - 2003 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 3/17/2012
    Where can i find something called a retaining pin
    this helps hold a cover hard plastic over radator cap
     
    • Jimm
      3/17/2012 Jimm
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.RockAuto.com or www.autopartswarehouse.com for the replacement parts.
    • Bill
      3/17/2012 Bill
      Also most auto part stores have a vast amount of this replacement item in stock, go in and ask.
  • mattycaddy613
    mattycaddy613 - 2004 Cadillac CTS - Preventive Maintenance - 3/15/2012
    I have a 2004 cadillac cts. Battery voltage low warning pops up. What do I need to do?
    I'm not sure what I need to do Switch battery?
     
    • Jason
      3/13/2012 Jason
      How old is the battery?
      Jason
      3/15/2012 mattycaddy613
      About a year
      Jason
      3/15/2012 mattycaddy613
      And it will die within minutes if I just leave the battery on not when it's running
    • Jason
      3/15/2012 Jason
      Have the battery and charging system checked.
  • Mark
    Mark - 1992 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 3/9/2012
    The horn only works when it feels like it. We checked all the fuses and relays which appear fine.
    The security alarm on the vehicle won't operate without a working horn because they are set to work together which the book states.
     
  • amy
    amy - 2001 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 2/26/2012
    Why is my car lossing antifrezze, its no leak?
    in the past two weeks the coolant was low, i had to put some coolant in twice
     
    • rick
      2/26/2012 rick
      Most cars will loss a little over time from evapaoration . Something like a qt or two in a year . Thats norm . If your going through alot every week with no leaks then look for white smoke out the tail pipe . That shows maybe a blown head gasket or sometimes a cracked head . So your motor is burning coolant .
      rick
      2/27/2012 amy
      okay thank you and no i don't see any smoke from the tail pipe..
  • ruth
    ruth - 2002 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 2/20/2012
    Need to replace serpentine belt, Water pump belt and radiator hoses. how much cost and where to have done?
    belts are old and beginning to crack
     
    • RC
      2/20/2012 RC
      It can be anywhere from $300 to $400 depending on the shop and location. Try locating a shop under "Find a Shop", or use the "Negotiator".
      RC
      2/20/2012 ruth
      Thanks much for taking time to help. I am new to this. Will try both suggestions.
    • rick
      2/20/2012 rick
      In most cases when it comes to a Cadillac (new or old ) the dealer knows most . There is a down fall . And just food for thought . I live in Montana and own a car carrier and haul brand new Chevys to every dealer in MT , ID , and WY . A hand full are great at taking care of you and your car . More act like if you didn't buy it from them they don't want anything to do with you . Ther are 3 Chevy / GM dealers within 30 miles of my house and only one that stands behind EVERYTHING . Shop around there are good dealers out there that still care .
      rick
      2/20/2012 ruth
      My dealer treats me like I have to accept whatever they dish out. Sometimes okay, sometimes not so. I did buy the car there (used). It is no longer under any warranty, so am looking for one of the good guys who will be fair and honest. I intend to keep this car as long as I can, so want it to be in good shape. I'd rather do preventive maintenance than have problems.
      Thank you very much for taking the time to comment. I will see what happens with "Negotiator" and "Find a Shop."
  • Gina Martinez
    Gina Martinez - 1994 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 2/18/2012
    Car stalls WHEN DRIVING OVER 35 MILES AND BACK FIRES
    298000 miles car goes about ten miles only at no more then 35 miles on the road. it then will start to stall n it takes about ten min t start again. it also does back fire at times..PLZ HELP!
     
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  • larry bell
    larry bell - 2000 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 2/18/2012
    Where can i locate the coolant and temperture sensor?
     
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    • CrimsonDTS
      2/13/2012 CrimsonDTS
      did you start the vehicle? if not , just drain and flush your cooling system.
  • debetts
    debetts - 1994 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 2/9/2012
    Gas gauge not working. Reads empty all the time. What do I need to replace or do to fix this?
     
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  • Arnie
    Arnie - 2001 Cadillac Eldorado - Preventive Maintenance - 2/7/2012
    When replacing the Air Cleaner, Souldn't you also clean the MAS sensor?.
    If so what should you use? Carb cleaner has slight oil in it which would draw dust, brake cleaner is pure, BUT is it TOO STRONG to do damage to sensor?
     
    • Bill
      2/7/2012 Bill
      Brake cleaner is weaker than carb cleaner. They actually sell MAF sensor spray cleaner.
      Bill
      2/9/2012 Arnie
      Thanks Bill........ I will look for some MAF cleaner..........
  • mjrj
    mjrj - 1996 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 2/7/2012
    Why do day run lights work only when car is in gear. Why do only highbeams work when light switch is used.
    Can the DRL sensor in the dash go bad and can it be a DIY job?
     
    • Arnie
      2/7/2012 Arnie
      When you put the car in park your run light go out so you don't run your batt down when idleing and you are not running. (No need for lights). You can switch on low beam by pushing stick down instead of pulling it up
  • wilfred
    wilfred - 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood - Preventive Maintenance - 2/7/2012
    I can not find my turn signal relay. the turn signals works for about 1 minnut then they stop
    They work for about 1 minnut Then stop ? let the car set for over night the signals work agine
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Cadillac Catera - Preventive Maintenance - 1/30/2012
    The heater is not blowing...
    My defrost does not work and everytime it rains, my car has water inside of it...
     
    • Spoon Sports
      1/30/2012 Spoon Sports
      The heater is not blowing - Do you mean, the blower is not blowing or the blower blows but there is no heat. (Just making sure).

      "everytime it rains, my car has water inside of it..." - What area?


      Spoon Sports
      8/21/2012 AutoMD Member
      I mean the blower is not blowing, rain gets in through the front windshield...
 
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