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wrangler newbie 10-12-2011 06:03 AM

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 for $170 & you get the back covers for "free".

Redsand 10-12-2011 06:07 AM

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

wrangler newbie 10-12-2011 06:38 AM


Originally Posted by Redsand
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

C.L. 10-12-2011 06:56 AM

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.

00tj2 10-12-2011 08:02 AM

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....

Another Guy In A Jeep 10-12-2011 08:06 AM


Originally Posted by wrangler newbie (Post 1650715)
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.

sevenservices 10-12-2011 08:31 AM

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.

InfernoGirl 10-12-2011 08:53 AM

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. ;)

wrangler newbie 10-12-2011 09:18 AM

All you guys have good ideas :thumb: 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 :)

K_in_MO 10-12-2011 07:46 PM

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!!


AmericaOverland 10-12-2011 08:51 PM

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.

BuHLScaT 08-26-2016 04:21 PM

It seems to be my new bestop nx frameless that smells. The problem I have right now is that I can't decide if it's a musty smell or a chemical smell. It's only a few weeks old so I am considering waiting it out, but it smells so strong if the sides, top, and doors have been on even just overnight. I've aired it out plenty driving without the top. I might try lysol tonight in case its mildew but at a few weeks old I'm not so sure. Maybe I should just clean it really good and see if it's factory chemicals. Thanks for the ideas mates!

Blue Baby Sound 08-26-2016 04:56 PM

IMO yank the carpet & throw it in the trash. Run no carpet until you have time to bedline it. Not a biggie, our carpet came out of our brand new jeep within the first couple of hours. Hasn't been back in since (2.5 years)

1jeeplvr 08-26-2016 05:57 PM

Wasent there a Seinfeld episode something along these lines??
Anyway,Id either ditch the carpets or pull them out and pressure wash the snot out of them.

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