Equinox a/c stinks and freezes up

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    Equinox a/c stinks and freezes up

    2012 equinox the air conditioning smells moldy.

    Cabin air filter clean.

    Sprayed outside intake and filter box with lysol

    helped for a week .whats the fix??


    Also when on the recirc mode a/c freezes up

    must turn of compressor to thaw out even when

    97 degrees outside.

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    Re: Equinox a/c stinks and freezes up

    Quote Originally Posted by planetroadside View Post
    2012 equinox the air conditioning smells moldy.

    Cabin air filter clean.

    Sprayed outside intake and filter box with lysol

    helped for a week .whats the fix??


    Also when on the recirc mode a/c freezes up

    must turn of compressor to thaw out even when

    97 degrees outside.

    Since this is a new vehicle, probably still covered under the new-car warranty - you should be asking your dealer this question.

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    Re: Equinox a/c stinks and freezes up

    dealer said there is nothing they can do.

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    Re: Equinox a/c stinks and freezes up

    theres nothing you can do, i get customers all the time coming in saying theres a moldy smell when they turn the air on. did u just buy the car?

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    Re: Equinox a/c stinks and freezes up

    and i dont think theres a cabin filter in the new ones, just the older styles

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    Re: Equinox a/c stinks and freezes up

    Quote Originally Posted by planetroadside View Post
    dealer said there is nothing they can do.
    Go up the chain of command. NEW VEHICLE. This sort of dealer behavior is why GM went out of business.

    If all else fails at the dealership level, try 1-800-462-8782. It's a number I found at random on an internet search after a dealer told us our 1600 dollar GPGXP radio's lack of AM reception was basically tough crap. "AM's on the way out anyway!"

    Apparently they got a call from a GM case manager, and they were singing a different tune the next time we took the car in.

    These assholes never learn, bankruptcy didn't even teach them anythng. Some people are, as my old man liked to say, HOPELESSLY STUPID.

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    Re: Equinox a/c stinks and freezes up

    Quote Originally Posted by riviera35 View Post
    and i dont think theres a cabin filter in the new ones, just the older styles
    I would be very surprised if the cabin filter was deleted. It's almost a safety item at this point.

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    Re: Equinox a/c stinks and freezes up

    There is a cabin filter.

    Tell your dealer to research the afterblow module. It will turn your fan on after you park the car to blow the excess condensation off the evap coils. If they refuse to do it, find a different one that will.

    In the mean time, if you use the AC, a few blocks from your destination turn off the AC and leave the fan on. It will help get the excess water off the coils.

    We had the same problem on our Terrain.

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    Re: Equinox a/c stinks and freezes up

    i have been fighting the dealer since 07 with my G5 about this. If i turn the ac on or the vent on the top of the dash my car smells like feet. its so nasty. they told me i have to clean the hvac system and it was going to be $220

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    Re: Equinox a/c stinks and freezes up

    Quote Originally Posted by 01sunfire01 View Post
    i have been fighting the dealer since 07 with my G5 about this. If i turn the ac on or the vent on the top of the dash my car smells like feet. its so nasty. they told me i have to clean the hvac system and it was going to be $220
    I'd be calling GM long ago. This crap should not be allowed to continue.

    Since I had to call GM in on the local Buick idiot, and they eventually (5 visits IIRC) fixed the car's problems, after I sold the car I have never nor will I ever set foot in that dealership again.

    These are the dealers GM should have shuttered. Stupidity, it trickles down.

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    Re: Equinox a/c stinks and freezes up

    I have the same problem with my HHR which is used daily for very short trips. The AC coils do not have enough time to dry out before being parked in a hot garage. Thus mold. This has become common in newer cars because the HVAC systems are being designed much smaller, lighter and more efficient.

    I poured bleach water into the cowl for several days and my smell went away after first getting much worse, the smell went from stinking feet to swimming pool locker room smell. After three days the smell was finally gone. I now turn off the air a few minutes before parking.

    Changing the cabin filter will not help.

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    Re: Equinox a/c stinks and freezes up

    The dealer can simply turn on afterblow which will kick the blower motor on a few minutes after turning the key off, which dries out the evaporator and duct work.

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    Re: Equinox a/c stinks and freezes up

    Quote Originally Posted by dishdude View Post
    The dealer can simply turn on afterblow which will kick the blower motor on a few minutes after turning the key off, which dries out the evaporator and duct work.
    Sounds like this dealer is too busy.

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    Re: Equinox a/c stinks and freezes up

    My extended warranty just ended i went over my miles. So im going to have to pay out of pocket to get this fixed. My g5 started doing the smell when i got back from my road trip around the US. We drove through 22 states and 6000 miles on the car and now you turn it on i have to keep the windows down till the smell is gone. one thing the dealer told me was i need to turn the button on to let the air from the outside come in and that will make the smell go away. that did not work lol

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    Re: Equinox a/c stinks and freezes up

    Quote Originally Posted by planetroadside View Post
    dealer said there is nothing they can do.
    Seriously? You need to PM GM Customer Service over here, they will open a job card for you.

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