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PhilD

Think my car is trying to kill me

That or the local Polish car washers are. They washed it today and now the aircon/blowers are pumping out a headache inducing chemical smell. Hitting the air recirculate button stops it so I assume some cleaning stuff has got into the bonnet vents. Anyone had any experience of this? How do I flush it and could it be anything else?[/list]
simonp

I told you not to call it Christine!
PhilD

Here's a twist. When I parked up after a 20 minute drive the smell came wafting through the opened door. Maybe it is something else?
simonp

I once had my car valeted and they used a cherry flavoured spray on the cloth seats which stunk the car out for about a month before it started to fade. I'm glad it was the summer, as I had to open the windows whenever I drove it because it made me feel ill!
Big Blue

simonp wrote:
I once had my car valeted and they used a cherry flavoured spray on the cloth seats which stunk the car out for about a month before it started to fade. I'm glad it was the summer, as I had to open the windows whenever I drove it because it made me feel ill!


I've had to do the same after a particularly vile fart.
Twelfth Monkey

Car trying to kill you?  They all do that, sir...
Chris M Wanted a V-10

PhilD wrote:
... the smell came wafting through the opened door. Maybe it is something else?

Local curry house ???
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

PhilD wrote:
Maybe it is something else?


Big Blue wrote:
... a particularly vile fart.


Just sayin'
Blarno

Big Blue wrote:
simonp wrote:
I once had my car valeted and they used a cherry flavoured spray on the cloth seats which stunk the car out for about a month before it started to fade. I'm glad it was the summer, as I had to open the windows whenever I drove it because it made me feel ill!


I've had to do the same after a particularly vile fart.


I had to stop my car on the Runcorn Expressway one morning and get out because of a fart.

If you're offended by one of your own, things are really, really bad.
Martin

What a thread......

I gave mine a full Dr Leather session yesterday, so it now smells like the Mulberry shop I was dragged into on Saturday.
TreVoR

My car tried to kill me yesterday (TVR). One of the front calipers has seized up. It jams on but doesn't give much braking effort so it tries to punt me off the road when the brakes are applied.

Irritatingly, this has overheated the discs and pads but hopefully hasn't overheated the wheel bearing. I've ordered all the bits but I need a garage to remove one of the caliper carrier bolts as someone has rounded it off (not me).

I freed it off but it just jammed again so car is currently undrivable until the new calipers arrive.  We are due snow this week, so no great loss and yesterday the weather was awful.
Blarno

Copper grease on the sliders. Pretty sure your car has Escort XR3i calipers and discs, should be simple enough.
TreVoR

Blarno wrote:
Copper grease on the sliders. Pretty sure your car has Escort XR3i calipers and discs, should be simple enough.


They are from a Sierra, but it's the piston that has seized.  The sliders are fine.
JohnC

Back to OP. If the guy spraying the windscreen picked up the wrong bottle and sprayed the wheel cleaner on instead, that would sure smell nasty.

I would get a hose on the windscreen for a while and let the water run down though the drains and clean things out.
PhilD

JohnC wrote:
Back to OP.


Finally...




JohnC wrote:


I would get a hose on the windscreen for a while and let the water run down though the drains and clean things out.




Cheers. I'll pop up to see Gramps and the boys.
PG

You could try running the blowers at full blast and drive somewhere with the windows open until the heater dries out?
Roadsterstu

Martin wrote:
a full Dr Leather session


Sounds like some kind of S&M thing
Roadsterstu

Phil, wash your car yourself. Then this won't happen  
Martin

Roadsterstu wrote:
Phil, wash your car yourself. Then this won't happen  


+1 although I sometimes wish I could allow myself to take it somewhere to get cleaned, but it's too well looked after to let someone ruin it and create a load more work sorting it.   I don't even let the BMW dealer wash it.
JohnC

Martin wrote:
+1 although I sometimes wish I could allow myself to take it somewhere to get cleaned, but it's too well looked after to let someone ruin it and create a load more work sorting it.   I don't even let the BMW dealer wash it.


+1
PhilD

Martin wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
Phil, wash your car yourself. Then this won't happen  


+1 although I sometimes wish I could allow myself to take it somewhere to get cleaned, but it's too well looked after to let someone ruin it and create a load more work sorting it. I don't even let the BMW dealer wash it.


I do allow myself! And I allow myself to wander round the corner from the carwash to my favourite French cafe for a flat white and a slice of tarte tatin. On Sunday I also allowed myself to pop into a couple of shops to buy a winter plant and a bottle of fizz for the in-laws.

Alternatively I could have allowed myself to spend an hour in the street freezing my bollocks off!  
Martin

Not having a drive does make a difference, I'll give you that

At least you get it washed, better that than not bothering at all.
Roadsterstu

Fair enough, I can appreciate the nice coffee and a tarte while you wait.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

JohnC wrote:
Martin wrote:
+1 although I sometimes wish I could allow myself to take it somewhere to get cleaned, but it's too well looked after to let someone ruin it and create a load more work sorting it.   I don't even let the BMW dealer wash it.

+1

Once again - tints, sunroofs - I find myself completely out of step with the forum. If somebody wants to clean my car, I welcome them with open arms. Mini Berlin always do a full inside-and-out job whenever they have it, even if it's only for the summer/winter tyre change.
cbeaks1

I'm with you. I don't mind if it is a machine or lots of little fellas, as long as it isn't me.
Frank Bullitt

Martin wrote:
Not having a drive does make a difference, I'll give you that

At least you get it washed, better that than not bothering at all.


No it isn't, I would prefer to leave it dirty than have it done by a hand car wash - the A2 is filthy, I last did it in August (😦) but I'd rather that than the dirty, shitty water and lung-lining striping chemicals they use. Anyway, a normal wash takes me an hour and it's a great chance to get some fresh air and catch up with neighbours
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Anyway, a normal wash takes me an hour and it's a great chance to get some fresh air and catch up with neighbours

I'll give you that. What I can't stand is the Sisyphean pointlessness of it - you clean your car to within an inch of its life, and an hour later, it's filthy again. There doesn't even seem to be a good time of year - in summer, the trees piss their shit all over the car, in the winter, it's leaves, frost, and just general gunk.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:

I'll give you that. What I can't stand is the Sisyphean pointlessness of it - you clean your car to within an inch of its life, and an hour later, it's filthy again. There doesn't even seem to be a good time of year - in summer, the trees piss their shit all over the car, in the winter, it's leaves, frost, and just general gunk.


You could sort-of say the same thing about your own body (or your home - vacuuming up dust etc from the carpets only for it to be replaced by fresh dust).  Being clean is nice and makes you feel good, ditto the car, and home. Also as everyone knows, a clean car always runs better than a dirty car  

Also the car may be the most, or second-most expensive purchase that you make so you ought to take care of it (IMHO)

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