musty smell from time to time - Ford Windstar Van 2001 SE Sport

Every once in a while, when I get into the van, it has a musty smell. Any way to get rid of it?

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Find the source of the smell.
Newer Fords seem to be notorious for holding moisture in the A/C box. They even sell a fungicide to spray through the vents (it has a long tube with it). In warmer climates like where I live in SC, musty smells are almost a way of life. The Mitsu I had before my Escape had a musty smell that came from around the window seals- I'd roll the window down and, BAM, there it was. I got rid of the smell with some Lysol concentrate and a sprayer. Worked like a champ. My Ford Escape occasionally has that musty smell if I've been running the A/C and we have a damp, humid night. Usually goes away shortly after turning the A/C on the next day. SC Tom

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SC Tom wrote:

One thing i do is turn the air off but leave the fan blower on vent for a short time before i turn the car off. my theory is that this can remove some of the residual moisture from the AC coil and cut down on the smell. Your mileage may vary. Costs nothing to try.
Bob
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I agree with Bob's solution since I also do the same thing. This trick warms up the A/C system's cold surfaces before vehicle shutdown. It helps prevent those pesky molds from having a big ol' population party inside your dash!
You can read more about this no-cost solution at:
http://www.inct.net/~autotips/musty.htm
Lastly, when I startup my 96 TBird in the hot days, the initial odor coming from my dash when the A/C fires up is quite tolerable, and more brief in occurrance.
DMK
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