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Noticed that my car smells like b.o. (body odour) / old socks recently. Did a bit of googling and it may be water leaking into the carpet, or the a/c line being clogged. Any ideas where to check these on a 2011 IS?

Cheers!

ps: yes i h ave checked all over the car in case there are old socks lying around :P

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Often when the cabin filter is old/dirty it smells like you are describing. The cabin filter is located behind the glovebox - i would suggest removing it, inspecting/cleaning it and possibly fitting a new filter. They are designed to be replaced every few years.

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If you constantly run the a/c on recirculate the evaporator will produce a stale water smell. Run it on fresh for a while which should help dry out the evaporator and get rid of the smell. Other than that ensure the drain hose is clear. 

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Thanks for the replies everyone. To answer your questions:

. The smell only comes when the a/c is on, no smell when just running the fan/heater.

. Have felt around the footwell area for the carpet being damp, its all dry, so doesnt seem to be leaking directly into the cabin carpet

. Culprit is most likely the cabin filter, not sure when this was cleaned/changed last, at least a few years now. Thanks for the heads up about setting the heater controls beforehand as well!

. Ensure the drain hose is clear: where abouts do i find this?

 

Thank you!

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As the others have said, most likely the cabin filter. Got mine replaced and it fixed the problem. Dealer charged me and a leg from memory =( Try to source the part number and part and do it yourself if you can. From a quick look previously, didn't look too hard to take out to clean/replace. 

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got a carbon filter from repco for $40, installed in a flash, no more smell! thanks guys, appreciate all the assistance 🙂

also, this run off hose, where can i find it, just to make sure its not clogged

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Small black tube underneath the car,above the front of the gearbox easier to find after a good run with the a/c on, you should see it dripping water cheers. 

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