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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:59 pm    Post subject: Errrm, my car smells of wee! Reply with quote

Hi again all

Well, it goes without saying I am still loving 996 ownership Smile

Except now it smells of wee! And I promise it's not me & dodgy Tena Lady's Grin

I can only assume a dog has peed up against the car somewhere. The smell is only in the interior and much stronger with fan (not aircon) on. I washed the car a couple of days ago, including pressure hosing all the wheel arches, as much of the underside as I could reach etc, but the smell is still there.

Does anyone have any ideas please? I was thinking along the lines of where air vents may be situated to get air through the fans, or anything else I can clean/hose down? It's driving me mad! The car is pristine except now it reeks like an old people's home.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like air con (when you've been running with air con on, and then turn it off, you get this smell)

have you had it checked recently...?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

same happened to one of my mates boxster. He had same problem. He could not figure out what that stinking smell was. he stripped some of the car to bits and nothing.
Anyway after about 3 months he found a rats nest behind the front bumper. They had peed on the radiator and all over. That was the smell.

I thought wow, that's rare. I remember him thinking a cat must have peed somewhere near the back end of the car or near the front maybe.. but, a rats nest! man, unthinkable.
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

comical... Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard of a few cases of mice nesting in (seldom used) cars, and eating through the wiring loom.

The funniest story I heard was a chap with a 993 that had a clutch problem when he fired it up after a long period of unuse. When they pulled the gearbox out, they found the clutch was stuffed with peanut shells! The chap's wife kept peanuts for a bird feeder in her garage, and mice had nested in the bellhousing, and dragged the peanuts in there.

FLGirl. Try a can of Air Conditioning Cleaner and Purifier. CarPlan make one, and you can get it for about a fiver on eBay.
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FLGirl,
Don't worry, there's no cause for alarm - all 996s smell of wee Floor Floor Floor Floor
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Should be a POP to fix
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Change the cabin air filter and you should smell better
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is going to sound quite weird, but do you keep a pair of trainers in the car by any chance?

Nike had to 'recall' a load last year and Asics also have the same problem - something to do with the glue they use to stick them together and it smells exactly like cat wee! I have a pair of Asics hockey boots that I keep in my motorhome (wear them for dog agility) and I spent weeks looking for the bloody cat until I saw something on Watchdog about it... PC
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had this years ago. It was a cat p1ssing on the windscreen and it ran down into the air vents. It was bad enough you could see it. Reason for it was the bonnet was hot and there were a number of cats that liked to lay on the car and one of them was scenting the car against the others .... joy. Constantly pouring bleached water down the vents to remove the smell. I think it eventually died as the problem stopped. Hopefully it was karma and a car ran it over!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha, that's how i found out about cats and cars too. A cat pissed all over the bonet of my E46M3, it ran down. lucky i actually saw it happen. Ran out and scrubbed the engine with soapy water. Floor
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As mentioned, replace cabin filter and get an AC canistor.

It is like an aerosol come hand grenade, pull the pin, throw in car slam the door... the car fills up with White smoke, allow a couple of hours and the smell will be neutralised.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That or put a halfords new car cent christmas tree up Smile
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, FLGirl, let me sum up this thread for you.....

It could be
Cats
Rats
Mice
Dogs

Yuk

either nesting, peeing in, on, around or eating your car

If you suspect any of the above, Forget Halfords, Call the RSPCA

It could be
Air Con Rad covered in pee from any of the above animals
Cabin Filter
A/C system in general
or Dodgy Designer Trainers

If you suspect any of the above, get a Halfords AC Hand Grenade and fill your car with white smoke for a couple of hours, the proposer of this option didn't say how long it takes to clean up the residue of the smoke

It could be
Nervous male passengers
Nervous elderly relatives Old

Teenage boys losing control of their bodily functions at being driven in a Porsche by a Girl, and hoping their friends see them !! Boogie

If you suspect any of the above, buy a waterproof seat cover off ebay, cheap, easy to clean.


Or, seeing as it's summer, drive with the windows open and hopefully someone sensible will have come up with a good and valid option for your smell of wee before winter gets here. Confused

See, you don't get advice like this from an OPC do you? they have no idea what Porsche ownership in the real world is all about !!

Good Luck. Very Happy Very Happy Dont know
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pirellipete wrote:
...See, you don't get advice like this from an OPC do you? they have no idea what Porsche ownership in the real world is all about !! Very Happy Very Happy Dont know


Floor Floor
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pirellipete wrote:
So, FLGirl, let me sum up this thread for you.....

It could be
Cats
Rats
Mice
Dogs

Yuk

either nesting, peeing in, on, around or eating your car

If you suspect any of the above, Forget Halfords, Call the RSPCA

It could be
Air Con Rad covered in pee from any of the above animals
Cabin Filter
A/C system in general
or Dodgy Designer Trainers

If you suspect any of the above, get a Halfords AC Hand Grenade and fill your car with white smoke for a couple of hours, the proposer of this option didn't say how long it takes to clean up the residue of the smoke

It could be
Nervous male passengers
Nervous elderly relatives Old

Teenage boys losing control of their bodily functions at being driven in a Porsche by a Girl, and hoping their friends see them !! Boogie

If you suspect any of the above, buy a waterproof seat cover off ebay, cheap, easy to clean.


Or, seeing as it's summer, drive with the windows open and hopefully someone sensible will have come up with a good and valid option for your smell of wee before winter gets here. Confused

See, you don't get advice like this from an OPC do you? they have no idea what Porsche ownership in the real world is all about !!

Good Luck. Very Happy Very Happy Dont know


Sad << crying with laughter!! Thanks Pete Smile

Thanks for the responses (sensible & otherwise Grin )

It doesn't happen after switching aircon on, generally I get in car, start it up, let the fans run for a while with windows open if it has got hot, then switch aircon on once moving. Aircon on = no smell. I had the condensor replaced & the whole system regassed only 6 weeks ago, as it didn't work at all when I bought the car.

Fan on and/or windows open and I can smell the wee.

Nesting animals - maybe, but I use the car daily, would they have had time to die in my vents somewhere?

Cats - hmmmm, likely suspects, loads round here not seen paw prints/scratches on the car but I wouldn't put it past the wiley buggers.

Can someone explain with diagrams & simple words how I can flush out the vents by the window? :girlmode: I don't really want to start pouring dilute bleach over the wrong bits of the car.

I don't leave anything in the car, no smelly trainers, shoes, food. I like it clean inside (except for the wee obviously!).

Is the Halfrauds white-smoke-can specifically for aircon or have I misunderstood & you let it explode in your car Surprised and it should neutralise all odours?

Maybe I should offer it up to an OPC and they can use it in an advert for trying every solution to a simple problem (helpless female in background, men in overalls being mildly patronising but ultimately saving the day!), but you're right, the service on 911UK is far far better Thumb

I will give everything a go this weekend if anyone can elaborate on the how-to of the cleaning/flushing/mysterious smoke methods they have tried please!

Seen in Sussex - plumes of smoke pouring out across Hove, once purple 996 with bleached bonnet being driven at desperate speeds with all windows open & crazed lady with peg over nose... you read it here first folks!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Goose wrote:
pirellipete wrote:
...See, you don't get advice like this from an OPC do you? they have no idea what Porsche ownership in the real world is all about !! Very Happy Very Happy Dont know


Floor Floor


+1 .... crackin' !!!! Floor
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you been offering lifts to any Gingers?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's it like for tramps round your way? Think yourself lucky you dont have a TVR they smell of p1ss from day one similar to a fibreglass speedboat - put me right off.

I think it is tom cat pee that is the culprit and will have sprayed up in the wheel arch or front vents somewhere. Jetspray with foam might clear it.
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Not a link i want to chance clicking on lol

Mods will be deleting soon i expect .. cat pee and cars don't really go together !
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