Issues After 10 Months MOLD SMELL-WEAK WINDSHIELD WIPERS..

Discussion in 'Prius v Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by Erin Rothchild-Realtor, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. Erin Rothchild-Realtor

    Erin Rothchild-Realtor Junior Member

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    Headlight out prematurely - had the same problem w the 09 Prius - Toyota replaced free of charge - any one experiencing this ?

    Rear plug in not working - went to use it for the first time and it does not work at all

    Windshield Wipers are HORRIBLE - this is the second set = dealership replaced free of charge the first time, but they do not seem to do a great job. At their recommendation used a RainX treatment and did not notice any significant difference

    MOLD SMELL - From the A/C ..the only time it has gone away was when the cabin filter was replaced..it was only free of that smell for a few days and then it started back again. Dealership said to spray lysol in from outside the vents to the inside of the car...seems to me that when i had the regular Prius this was an issue for some. I had never experienced it before and need a permanent solution. The humidity in the car gets to the point that it creates a moisture problem with my phone charger...and it stinks

    Other small things that I am sure they can fix, but want to note for any considering the car...rear drink holder came out, windows rub on doors when going up and down and create streaks on the window tint, driver door arm rest has seperated in the middle horizontally...dealership stated that all door arm rests are made the same..my regular Prius that i drove for 150k never had this problem...

    Have also had issues with the tires going flat - never had those before.

    Any input or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Also if you could share with me how to change my name at the top of this I would be very appreciative...THANK YOU ALL
     
  2. GerryL

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    I had the exact same problem with the A/C smelling on my Jeep Grand Cherokee. The mechanic said it's because the drain hole on the condenser pan was plugged. One way I got rid of it was to use a product that the "Car Talk" guys always recommend: Frigi-Fresh. It's a spray you can buy at automotive stores. You turn the ventilation fan in the car on full, then spray the stuff into the vent outside the front windshield.
     
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    For the A/C smell -- check your wiper sill - and make sure you are getting a bunch of leaves and pine needles or other debris trapped up there... those work their way into the heater core case (which is also where the evaporator is for the AC) ... and plugs the drain as mentioned above. My dad was a GM mechanic for 40 years - and at least on our GM products - we could pull the case loose from the firewall and clean it out - but expect that to be a saturday afternoon project as it's not easy. the other thing he would do is just loosen it and stick a compressed air nozzle in - and blow the crud out - but he had to be careful as if it had water in it - it could come out the floor vents into the car...

    best thing - and for efficenency as well is to make sure those vented grates under the wipers aren't getting plugged up with debris. if you park outside under trees or where you live-etc. see if you can relocate your vehicle.

    as far as the wipers- I have a brand new v2 - and the wipers already streak and have small tears in them. They are super soft blades and really suck in my opinion. I do use RainX though, and swear by it. you need to buy a bottle and apply it like a wax, puting it on a CLEAN windshield, let it dry, then wipe off excess. apply monthly for best performance. it makes rain drops bead up and blow off - in heavy rain visibility is awesome, and it also helps bug guts from sticking to glass. strong cleaners will remove it though, so after a car wash, re-apply.

    tires going flat - could have a bad valve stem - but if you've driven through a contruction area - check for nails...etc. tires don't usually leak by themselves - if it's an older car - with aluminum wheels - the aluminum (if clear coated) will lose its protection overtime and begin to corrode/oxidize - that oxidation if around the bead area can cause tires to have a slow leak losing a few pounds a month or so... my blazer had this problem. next time you get tires - have the guys at the shop coat the bead with "bead sealer" it's a tacky rubber cement type goo that helps seal up the bead.
    if the wheels are real bad they would need to wire brush the oxidation off first.
     
  4. Erin Rothchild-Realtor

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    Thank you Gerry L and Mudmanrv-will look into that product you mention,and see if there is any debris in the area Mudmanrv described, and reapply the RainX monthly..they had applied some at the dealership one time,but maybe not enough as it did not help in heavy rain...and I did not realize to reapply frequently and so will wash and reapply sometime this weekend. I have the Prius V also - 10 months old, and so was surprised to have these issues..as my former Prius was pretty much trouble free and all i did was put gas in it and drive. I am probably not the right person to take things apart on the car - but will ask the dealership to do this. Pretty much always working and always driving - usually seven days a week.
     
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    Hey Erin. Keep up posted on whether you can get the vent smell resolved.

    I found this thread because I wanted to research your "Ask an Expert" question on the Prius Facebook page. Yes, I'm one of the "Prius Experts" and a moderator here at Priuschat. We experts don't work for Toyota, we just know where to find a lot of answers. ;)

    Please, let us know how you resolve the problem for future owners.
     
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    Erin, RainX has a few different products out there. they have rainx windshied washer fluid which helps some but it's not anything compared to the little yellow bottle stuff that is a bottle about the size of a nyquil bottle... thats the suff you want. clean the windshield really well, softscrub works awesome to remove bug guts, but dont recommend leaving it on long or getting on paint. as it has abrasives in it. a good glass cleaner like windex and a scour pad from the kitchen sink will do the same on bugs. once clean dry well, then apply the rainx with a paper towel, .. the direction are on the back of the bottle... it will save me some typing... anyway, i do it about once a month.. and when it rains - a good fresh coat of rainx, and you wont need to use your wipers at all above about 35mph. the wind will jut blow it off. works well in winter to for clearing frost and ice. but you may have to apply a little more frequently then, and dont let it freeze.. it loses its abiity.
     
  7. Erin Rothchild-Realtor

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    Thank You Mudmanrv for the specifics..will get some today! That will be wonderful as the higher speed driving is where the wipers seem most ineffective! Sure do appreciate your details...Warmly, Erin
     
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    AC Smell, Evaporator Mold, Musky, Dank

    Toyota Part 00289-ACRKT
    Toyota AC REFRESHER KIT
    The actual instructions start at 46 seconds.


    The kit comes with two aerosol cans and a piece of tubing. One can is a foaming cleanser for the evaporator, the other is an aerosol cleaner for the intake and venting system. About $20, sometimes on ebay.

    INSTRUCTIONS

    FIRST LARGE CAN: AC Foam (Engine Off)

    1. Remove cabin air filter. To remove the cabin air filter remove the glove box, pop off the filter cover, and pull the filter out.

    2. Put the filter cover back on.

    3. Access the evaporator drain tube from under the car

    4. Plug the kit wedge end tube into the drain tube.

    5. Hook the tube up to the larger canister and spray the whole contents into the tube. Shake periodically. This will take a couple of minutes

    6. Once the can is empty, have a drain pan under the drain tube location. Remove the wedge plug and let everything drain for about ten minutes.

    SECOND CAN "AC Intake Refresher." (Engine On)

    1. Start the engine so AC system works.

    2. Open Windows

    3. Make sure that the air recirculation setting is OFF.

    4. Set the A/C Air Flow to the "body" setting, (this means the vents on the dash only) the temperature setting as cold as it will go, and fan speed to high.

    5. Turn AC switch OFF

    6. Spray 1/2 of the contents of the can into the fresh air intake which is located just below the wipers on the passenger side of the car.

    7. Switch Air Flow to the "Floor" position and spray 1/2 of the remaining contents of the can into the fresh air intake.

    8. Finally switch Air Flow to the "Defrost" position and spray the rest of the can into the fresh air intake.

    9. Once this is all done, continue ventilating the vehicle and running the fan with the windows down to get rid of the vapors.

    10 Reinstall the cabin air filter
     
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    If by "rear plug" you mean the rear 12v outlet, please be aware that it shuts off when the car shuts off. If you have no voltage at that outlet when the car is powered up, then check the fuse.
     
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    Addressing
    the mold smell, you can take some white vinegar from the grocerty store and
    put it in a empty windex spray bottle full strength or you can dillute it with water, but the more water you dillute it with , the less it is able to kill the mold & mildew.

    there will be a vinagar smell for 3 to 4 days , but then it goes away. I am told that you can even
    spray clothes with vinegar to get rid of mold smell and the
    vinegar will not stain or discolor the
    clothes or car seat. Just to be safe, spray so moldy cloth and check for any discoloration.
    I bet there is not, but test on junk cloth first.

    I used it on my house, living room , when the roof needed to be replaced. The entire room,
    even the rug , stunk. I used about 3/4 gal and two days later, the room was back to normal,
    no mold smell, no more vinegar smell.

    you can spray the vinegar into the air conditioner evaporator, and no more mold smell,
    kills all the germs but can take up to a week for the vinegar smell to disappear.

    I know it saved my living room, the rug, and the furnature, like it never even happened, but it took a week for the vinegar smell to disappear.
     
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