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Old 07-04-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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Musty/Mildew Odor in the Interior

I have had my jk 2010 for a few months now and I have noticed a musty odor coming from the interior of the vehicle. I had it detailed and the odor was gone for a week, but then it returned. The vehicle hasnt been leaking and I have kept it in the garage. The odor seems to be coming from the seats and not the carpet. The detailer told me that cannot be the case because the seats can withstand water and odor. However, I think he is mistaken because the odor is still there. Has anyone had issues with the wet odor in their cloth seats? And if so, how did you solve the problem?

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The seats aren't waterproof. Definitely possible that the foam padding soaked up something funky (fish guts? Butt sweat?) and mildew, mold, or bacteria is starting to feast on it. I'd try going at it with a steam cleaner on a hot, dry day (so the moisture from the steam cleaner quickly evaporates)

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Are you the second owner? Could be owner #1
may have had a water adventure. Pull the fabric off and try cleaning it. Allow the foam to suit out a little.
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Are you the second owner? Could be owner #1
may have had a water adventure. Pull the fabric off and try cleaning it. Allow the foam to suit out a little.
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When I first got my used 2009 a week or two in I started smelling something odd. It was coming from the connector hose for the rear wiper fluid. I also didn't have any fluid coming out of the back when i would turn the switch. I figure my issue was stale water in the hose. Horrible smell. Once I got the fluid running I ran quite a bit through it to clean it out. Emptied the tank and filled it with new fluid. Smell went away after that.

I'm with the previous poster in checking your seats. Maybe look under them to check some of the foam as well.
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I had Mexican food the other day and now my Jeep is starting to have a really bad odor. I have not been able to pin point the source as of yet.
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I had Mexican food the other day and now my Jeep is starting to have a really bad odor. I have not been able to pin point the source as of yet.
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When my 2013 was brand new it held an air seal really well- you could feel the vacuum when you popped the doors open. I had Mexican at a restaurant and brought home leftovers. I put them in the fridge and went to bed. When I got in the Jeep the next morning I popped open the driver's door and all of the air from the prior night's ride home was still in there, just waiting to smack me in the face. It smelled like a corpse had woken up, eaten a bunch of cool ranch doritos and then burped directly into my nostrils. I had to drive with freedom panels out and all four windows down for 2 days to get rid of it! Needless to say, I never ended up eating those leftovers.
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To OP ..... possible water adventure would need lots of sunlight and "dryness" heat sunlight to HELP remove mold/ mildew....IMO I would pull carpet and seats and leave them on the driveway for several hours in the sun....or somewhere like that......might consider starting early in am and cleaning with a MILD detergent/ bleach solution to kill the fungus...and leave in sun most of the day.
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The seats aren't waterproof. Definitely possible that the foam padding soaked up something funky (fish guts? Butt sweat?) and mildew, mold, or bacteria is starting to feast on it. I'd try going at it with a steam cleaner on a hot, dry day (so the moisture from the steam cleaner quickly evaporates)

Thanks for the tip. I thought about trying a steam cleaner but wasn't sure if it would work. Will try.
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Are you the second owner? Could be owner #1
may have had a water adventure. Pull the fabric off and try cleaning it. Allow the foam to suit out a little.

I am the second owner. The first did go canoeing a lot with his family. The water from their trips must have soaked into the seats. I haven't removed the seats before. Is it simple to do?
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To OP ..... possible water adventure would need lots of sunlight and "dryness" heat sunlight to HELP remove mold/ mildew....IMO I would pull carpet and seats and leave them on the driveway for several hours in the sun....or somewhere like that......might consider starting early in am and cleaning with a MILD detergent/ bleach solution to kill the fungus...and leave in sun most of the day.

This also sounds like a good idea. Will give it a try once the heat rises during this Michigan summer. What temperture out in the sun do you think will do the trick?
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Check the rear and remove all the drain plugs. I've seen a few that got water back there in the compartments under the carpet and it can cause this smell.
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i bought a set of use dc5 recaro seats for a car i had. they were imported from Japan to Canada then to me in Florida. the seats were a bright red alacantra material. there were black stains and a slight odor. i used woolite with water in a spray bottle. follow dosing a little water from my hands to clean it and then sun dried.

The seats looked brand new afterwords and even smelled clean too.
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I had Mexican food the other day and now my Jeep is starting to have a really bad odor. I have not been able to pin point the source as of yet.
Seats turn brown?
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I had Mexican food the other day and now my Jeep is starting to have a really bad odor. I have not been able to pin point the source as of yet.
Please share additional details of the issue with the forum and how you plan to rectify the problem. I've dealt with mildew issues until I removed the carpet and bedlined, but your issue appears to be unique. Very unique and quite toxic. Please advise.
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This also sounds like a good idea. Will give it a try once the heat rises during this Michigan summer. What temperture out in the sun do you think will do the trick?
IMO 75° to 80° would be good, but realize that it may be a while up there before you see that.....well see it for a good 10-12 hours.

We are going up Sun for a week and where we are going the temps are low 80s and mid to upper 60s at night. To me that is perfect weather, but yeah it would be tough to get the jeep cleaned out dried out with the overnight Humidity....but the direct sunlight would help a lot and if you turn it into an "all day affair" the seats could be out in the air and drying by like 730-8am.

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X2 on direct sunlight and pulling drain plugs. But I am in Florida. You can also put a thing of damp rid in it under the seats to pull up any moisture. Good luck!
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X2 on direct sunlight and pulling drain plugs. But I am in Florida. You can also put a thing of damp rid in it under the seats to pull up any moisture. Good luck!
I'd listen to the guy from FL. Everything down there is soaking wet and mildewy all the time so he probably has relevant experience LOL
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X2 on direct sunlight and pulling drain plugs. But I am in Florida. You can also put a thing of damp rid in it under the seats to pull up any moisture. Good luck!
Does putting the seats out in the direct sunlight actually remove the mildew for good? And thanks for the tip. Will try Damp Rid.
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I think I know a lot but it may just be in my mind......FWIW mold/ mildew are "fungus" type of stuff, that is why direct sunlight and low moisture/ high heat kill it for good...usually.

Have heard of "seeds" from the Egyptian Pyramids that have been planted and grown...IDK if the mold/ mildew might come back if "conditions were right", mosture damp and warm again.....good luck!!
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I think I know a lot but it may just be in my mind......FWIW mold/ mildew are "fungus" type of stuff, that is why direct sunlight and low moisture/ high heat kill it for good...usually.

Have heard of "seeds" from the Egyptian Pyramids that have been planted and grown...IDK if the mold/ mildew might come back if "conditions were right", mosture damp and warm again.....good luck!!
Thanks for the info. Will Try leaving it out in the sun for a day or two. Ill post back with the results.

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