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nebulouschic
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Dec 2, 2013, 7:52 AM

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Hi.. new here. I had a mildewy smell when I used my defrost and read somewhere online that spraying the vents inside and out might help. I sprayed hydrogen peroxide and water until the vents were very wet.

Today my speakers aren't working. Any possible correlation?


Tom Greenleaf
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Dec 2, 2013, 8:45 AM

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I'm shocked, you mean a harsh chemical doused with water killed speakers? What smell did you think speakers were making anyway?

Consider at least the speakers trashed. Who knows what else?

For odor just use plain Lysol or they do sell a product for vent odors. If bad enough to make you sick you could have to take everything apart - rare but has happened,

T



nebulouschic
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Dec 2, 2013, 8:57 AM

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Thanks for your response. I dont know much about cars which is why I joined this forum and I was not aware my car's speakers were connected to my heating vents but appears that is the case given your answer.


Tom Greenleaf
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Dec 2, 2013, 9:46 AM

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I apologize for being a bit harsh. Just because you hear things anywhere out there doesn't mean it's a good idea as you know now. Damage is done, perhaps as much from water as anything and will have to get to them to see if they turned to much or what.

Peroxide is an antiseptic for cuts or stronger used to about destroy hair to be ready for permanent color so no surprises on harshness. It's not sold TMK at full strength - not the issue anyway for now.

Back to the issue you tried and the fix now: Use Lysol down by wipers with settings for fresh air with heat and A/C running, then up from under dash on recirc mode and even directly into panel vents has proven to help mildew odors. If there's a dead mouse or something inside it's trouble.

Whatever this vehicle is I think I'd try to find used speakers once you can access yours for a good look. Keep the tools needed that you used and go to a pick your own junkyard for same vehicle but make sure it's a dry one intact or wasting your time. Used to be able to just match up stuff at Radio Shack type places but high bet the shape and other things make them unique to this vehicle. If new enough you might find them at a dealer new OR chance of an auto stereo specialty place.

I'm too old. This isn't my game and only either replaced ones or owned a ton of cars sold with nothing but a metal plate where a radio would go as some folks didn't want them at all.

What is this vehicle? If this is high tech enough and somehow shorted out back to sound system could be real trouble!

Good luck with fixing it and hope they are not hard to get to. If you post the model of this thing someone may have the info on how if tricky,

T



nebulouschic
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Dec 2, 2013, 10:08 AM

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Thanks for your response Tom. Its a 2009 Corolla. I called my Totoya dealership earlier. They didnt give me a definitive that they think I shorted the speakers but I agree with you that I prob did.. unless they might still be wet and work eventually (I did it late afternoon yesterday). I guess I will have them at least look at it to try to determine if I did short them.

Thanks for your cleaning suggestion.. I will try later.


kenray
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Dec 2, 2013, 10:18 AM

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If none of your speaker are working, it sounds like you have shorted the speaker terminals with moisture. If that is the case, it is best to leave your radio off for a few days unless you can get to the speakers and dry them off manually. Hopefully you haven't blown the output ic of the deck or amplifier.


Tom Greenleaf
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Dec 2, 2013, 10:29 AM

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Good luck with a quick easy fix. Do watch out for tricks for about anything. Try watching an entire infomercial and not throw up!

I can't think of much on an interior or trunk of a car that wants to be wet with anything, even plain water. They instantly total out flood cars even new in car lots!

This is a car site. Several moderators watching and one of us would question a product or method for anything. Ask a real site first if in doubt.

Again, mold issues with vents and the duct work of a car really can be a problem. At least once in my many years at car sites ONE person never succeeded and had to sell the car as a person was so allergic to something (forget if found what exactly) that nothing worked.

You have a common car so the fix should be quick at least. How much remains unknown. Used where I am they wouldn't let me take parts off of a whole dash on a car that new. After 7-10 years they will and that's local to me only not some standard.

Live and learn with the tricks that not only don't work but cause harm,

Tom



nebulouschic
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Dec 2, 2013, 10:43 AM

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Thanks all






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