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    Damsel Diva CurlyLocks
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    Why does my car smell of fish & how can I get rid of the smell!?!

    LOL well the topic says it all... I bought a car 2nd hand on Wednesday and it smells!
    It smells exactly like Copydex glue.... I've rather attractively sniffed all the seats and carpets and I can't find where the smell is coming from.
    Doesn't seem to be coming from the blowers/air con....

    Febreze masks it to an extent but when returning to car after its been locked up for a while the smell is back..
    I'm thinking of sprinkling bicarb of soda throughout tonight and hoovering out in the morning...

    Does anyone else have an idea what it may be or HOW I can shift it?

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    Mummy of 2 now :-)
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    Re: Why does my car smell of fish & how can I get rid of the smell!?!

    Lovely

    I have no idea sorry but this did make me chuckle.





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    Damsel Diva CurlyLocks
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    Re: Why does my car smell of fish & how can I get rid of the smell!?!

    Lmao thanks! It's a NIGHTMARE hahaha
    I've jst spent ages googling it and it people seem to suggest it might be to do with heater matrix or pollen filter.
    What a nuisance! lol

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    Re: Why does my car smell of fish & how can I get rid of the smell!?!

    No idea but might go someway to explaining why it was sold!
    Good luck! x
    DS born April 2007
    DD born Feb 2010

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    Re: Why does my car smell of fish & how can I get rid of the smell!?!

    Im sure I read somewhere that that fishy smell can be an indicator of some sort of electrical issue so it might not be as silly as you think and could be worth getting checked out

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    Slack Mummy myzzterri
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    Re: Why does my car smell of fish & how can I get rid of the smell!?!

    DH says "not taking the p!ss, but have you actually checked under the bonnet to make sure no-one's put any fish there as a practical joke"

    (he reckons it's not unknown!! )

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    Slack Mummy myzzterri
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    Re: Why does my car smell of fish & how can I get rid of the smell!?!

    Quote Originally Posted by McMummyTTC View Post
    Febreze masks it to an extent but when returning to car after its been locked up for a while the smell is back..
    Do you mean before you've even turned the engine on?

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    Damsel Diva CurlyLocks
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    Re: Why does my car smell of fish & how can I get rid of the smell!?!

    Yep its before I've turned engine on & yep checked under bonnet
    It seems to be just inside the car

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    Slack Mummy myzzterri
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    Re: Why does my car smell of fish & how can I get rid of the smell!?!

    mmm - nice... but would suggest that it isn't an electrical problem?

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    Damsel Diva CurlyLocks
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    Re: Why does my car smell of fish & how can I get rid of the smell!?!

    It seems to clear within a few mins or once I open a window..... going to have a proper investigation tomorrow and maybe get the carpets & seats shampoo'd :(

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    Slack Mummy myzzterri
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    Re: Why does my car smell of fish & how can I get rid of the smell!?!

    good luck!

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    Abnormal Damsel Mrs B
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    Re: Why does my car smell of fish & how can I get rid of the smell!?!

    You may have bought my friends old car in which we stashed some prawn sarnies under the seats at their wedding, oh about 15 years ago? Or another friends which had a Big Mac taped onto the engine, that was their wedding about 10 years ago. Seriously.

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    Damsel Diva Lomie
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    Re: Why does my car smell of fish & how can I get rid of the smell!?!

    could it be stale water in the screenwash? My car stank so much I had to check I hadnt got a dead animal wrapped around the wheels and it turned out to be stale water in the screenwash tank, I had to spray it all away then put some fresh in to get rid of the stench.

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    Doughty Damsel MoominMaiden
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    Re: Why does my car smell of fish & how can I get rid of the smell!?!

    Have a good look under the passenger and driver side footwells and see if there is any dampness. My stinky car was due to the heater matrix leaking and it pooling antifreeze and water into the footwells. It was soaking when i pulled the carpet up and smelt vile! I kept blaming my friends feet when she was taking her shoes off after work

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    Totally Shattered Damsel
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    Re: Why does my car smell of fish & how can I get rid of the smell!?!

    Sprinkle bicarb of soda on all carpets/upolstery (sp), leave for a couple of hours and then hoover off. It removes most smells (inc baby wee!!)
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