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Anybody have tricks for removing smokey smell from interior?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 12:39 am    Post subject:  Anybody have tricks for removing smokey smell from interior? Reply with quote

When I bought my 04 impala (used) it had no sense of a smokey (cigarette) smell. I have a very sensitive nose, but didn't smell a thing when I test-drove the car, so that was one reason I bought the car.

Now a year later, it's obvious that my nose may have tricked me because every morning the car just reeks until I can get the windows down.

Are there any "standard" tricks out there for minimizing the odor?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:13 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

May want to shampoo the whole interior, because as a smoker*, I know that
smell gets buried deep. Should also strongly consider changing the cabin air filter.
Or just get some Febreze and spray away Mr. Green



* but I don't smoke in this car Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:14 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

BuffaloSS actually gave me the idea from a recent post...

Take out the cabin air filter (if equipped, if not then go buy one and put it in when you're done) and spray lysol in the opening while you have the air on max. Then, get some Febreeze and do it just to be safe. Of course, don't have someone in the car while you do this.

Besides that, I'm not sure.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:17 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

i would try the cabin air filter first

and if that dont work shampoo the carpets, clean the seats and try a product called atmosclear works great
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:19 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Here's the post Sabrewings was referring to:

http://www.naioa.com/v2/module.....mp;t=10349

There's also a link for a how-to on getting to the cabin air filter. With pics Smile

Good luck!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:22 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks for the thoughts so far guys, keep 'em coming.

I did forget to mention that I replaced the cabin air filter (along with the tranny filter, engine oil filter, fuel filter, and antifreeze) shortly after buying the car.

I thought all of the driving I'd do over the summer with the windows down would take care of it, but no luck.

Like I said, keep the thoughts coming!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:22 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

leather or cloth seats
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 3:33 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

well I am a smoker and do smoke in my car not often but do and I always find it if you crack your front two windows overnight the smell is no more.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:53 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

DO THIS:
Sabrewings/BuffaloSS wrote:
Take out the cabin air filter (if equipped, if not then go buy one and put it in when you're done) and spray lysol in the opening while you have the air on max. Then, get some Febreeze and do it just to be safe. Of course, don't have someone in the car while you do this.


After reading through this:
Five0two wrote:

Here's the post Sabrewings was referring to:
http://www.naioa.com/v2/module.....mp;t=10349

Then when your all done with all that.....pick yourself up something a little like THIS.
I have one in my moms car b/c I havent gotten a chance to change the cabin filter in there yet. YOu cant tell I used to smoke in that car. Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:30 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Sabrewings wrote:
BuffaloSS actually gave me the idea from a recent post...

Take out the cabin air filter (if equipped, if not then go buy one and put it in when you're done) and spray lysol in the opening while you have the air on max. Then, get some Febreeze and do it just to be safe. Of course, don't have someone in the car while you do this.

Besides that, I'm not sure.


MAX is actually recirculating inside air, so set your vent to pull air from outside and then do the lysol thing...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 12:51 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Arvetus wrote:

MAX is actually recirculating inside air, so set your vent to pull air from outside and then do the lysol thing...


Yeah, i said not to use MAX in my other post about the Lysol...don't try to mess my suggestions up, Sabre Very Happy


Also, as a former smoker, i've used "Ozium" to remove deep-down smells. That chit is pretty good. You can get it at Autozone, too.

However, getting the smoke out of a 6 year old car is gonna be tough no matter what you do, so try and try harder. Scrub everything thoroughly. Also, check with your local detail shop and see if they have a product that they'll guarantee will work.

Good luck.

If it comes down to it, just start smoking...the smell will go away! ROFL
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Arvetus wrote:
MAX is actually recirculating inside air, so set your vent to pull air from outside and then do the lysol thing...


I meant max fan speed. I'm not sure about yours, but mine doesn't say "max" anywhere on it...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

which is why I suggested reading through the other thread b4.
BuffaloSS says it in his first post on that thread. MAX just re-circulates...

he said to use the one under it. Max without using max...get it? Confused

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:57 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

GrapeJelly05 wrote:
he said to use the one under it. Max without using max...get it? Confused


Or, max fan speed without using the recirculate button...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 2:47 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Sabrewings wrote:
GrapeJelly05 wrote:
he said to use the one under it. Max without using max...get it? Confused


Or, max fan speed without using the recirculate button...


For some reason i thought that there was a MAX setting on the <'06 imps...guess not. Anyway, y'all get what i was sayin with Sabre & Grape's thorough explanation.
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