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Old 10-12-2011, 06:03 AM   #1
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Awful interior smell

Hey guys I just got my first jeep 2 days ago & it has an awful smoke and funky smell. I was looking at replacing the seats and carpet. Are the seat covers just that "covers" or do you remove the old ones and put the new covers on? I saw some on quadratec.com for $170 & you get the back covers for "free".

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check out dirty mudder seat covers on this forum, they look pretty sweet, i havent ordered any yet but i plan too, as far as the carpet, just bedline the floors

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Old 10-12-2011, 06:38 AM   #3
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check out dirty mudder seat covers on this forum, they look pretty sweet, i havent ordered any yet but i plan too, as far as the carpet, just bedline the floors
I will check them out. Its funny you said bedline the floors. I am a Vortex Spray Liner dealer and I do plan on using the liner on a few peojects for the jeep. Check out my website myhomeandautosolutions.com.
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Set off a Febreze bomb in there, and then let it sit in the sun with the top/doors off for a couple days. The previous owner probably got it wet and didn't let it dry before mold started growing.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:02 AM   #5
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I take it you have the cloth and not the vinyl seats? Always wondered about those getting wet and smelling... That sucks... Wish I had more to add other than take out all your rugs too...and use some rug cleaner or something on the seats and let dry in the sun like C.L. Said....
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:06 AM   #6
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Hey guys I just got my first jeep 2 days ago & it has an awful smoke and funky smell.

dude, just febreze it haha. It sounds like the person you bought it from hot boxed it a couple times, but that goes away if u let it air out.
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When I worked at a detail shop we'd have farmers bring their trucks in... need not say more about that.

We would use carpet shampoo and a scrub brush. Open 'er all up, spray the inside carpets with the hose, scrub 'em with shampoo so they are all soaped up. Vacuum it all out with a shop vac (no filter if your sucking up water) then spray 'em with the hose again and vacuum again.

DO NOT close up the windows all the way for at least three days.

Use the apolstery cleaner spray and a brush on the seats

Clean all the vinyl with soap and water. Armor all will just cover and/or spread stuff. Thats for teating, not cleaning. After a soap and water wipedown, then you can armor all it all to seal it up.

If you notice after one day that it still smells a little wet or funky, take a small box of baking soda, lay it on its side and poke a bunch of holes in the top with a nail or something. Then leave it under one of the seats for a couple weeks. It will obsorb any stagnent smell left over.
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Pull out the carpet and wash it with a power washer and some Orange cleaner or something, use a carpet/upholstery shampooer on the seats, pull off the soft top and treat it to the same stuff you use on the carpet....leave the whole mess to dry in the sun for a day and it'll smell a zillion times better.
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:18 AM   #9
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All you guys have good ideas The Jeep smells like cigarettes and mold its an awful smell soon as you get inside. I think I will replace the carpet and the seat covers. The dealership I got it from replaced the top so I am good there, that doesnt smell like smoke-mold
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I buy XORBX at my local Home Improvement/Hardware stuff. It is great. . . seems to take smells out of even soft surfaces, but doesn't leave an after smell.

It's totally orderless.

Agree with everyone else. Yank the carpet. Clean it withe the power washer, let it bake in sun until dry.

If it were me, I'd then buy a large bottle of that ZORBX stuff and soak the seats, let them bake in the sun with the top off.

If you DO decide to reupholster instead of put seat covers in, I had really good luck with a supplier on ebay. I totally got rid of all of the funky cloth and put new vinyl upholstery in. I'm so happy I did and the upholstery makes a world of difference. I think there is a pic in my profile.

PM me if interested.

Good luck!!

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It was a third, distant reason I traded off the CR-V for the Wrangler. I couldn't get rid of the smell that you'd get when you stepped into the car in the morning. And then to turn the AC on? Forget it! The dealership in Ohio covered it up with a chemical so that I wouldn't pick up the smell until a month after buying it. Never again will I do that. Remember that the crap that smells are OILS.

When I bought my LJ, I ran down to the dealer and checked it out while the detailer was still sitting in the rear seat cleaning it up. I wanted to catch them in the act, if there was one. I took a big, big whiff of the AC while it was blowing warm air (turned the t-stat warmer) to see what smells were in there. I smelled the seats and the doors with my nose up against the surfaces. It was NOT smoked in. If it's smoked in, leave it. You'll have to replace all the duct work in the AC system to get the smell out.

It is WORTH finding a vehicle that is smoke-free. One year of stepping into the CR-V was enough.

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