PT Cruiser

Odor from HVAC vents on Chrysler PT Cruiser

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Some vehicles may develop a musty odor coming from the HVAC system, Dodge has issued a cleaner/disinfectant and a coating for the evaporator designed to inhibit bacterial growth.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 93,754 (28,000–277,736)
10 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
37 people reported this problem
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Had a smell like bad tunsfish! Looked up on the web and found it was a design issue in the ductwork. I sprayed Lysol down into the fresh air intake while the windows were open and the fan on and it removed the problem completly!
musty odor to exhaust fumes
it smells like crayons.. And has a weird mildewish odor
been dealing with this issues for at least three years now! Do I have to take the damn car apart on a weekly basis to keep it not stinky - I certainly can't afford to pay someone to clean it on a weekly basis - that's for damn sure!!!!!!!!!!!!11
Smoke is coming from the inside of my vents. My defroster is not working.
order when you run the heater
Purchased used from trade in. Thought odor was from vehicle sitting.
When we turn the AC on, we get this musty smell initially. The problem is not yet fixed
Musty smell in interior. Has not been resolved.
vinegary smell from ac, was cleaned at deal
er but smell came right back.
smelly odor ugh
air conditioner had a musty oder, blows hot after being serviced and had a light mist coming from the air vents.