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Old 08-11-2010, 10:52 AM
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With 200000 miles on the clock and 12 years of age. My 100 smelled like old cheese. As most of you know I have 2 children ages 4 and 6. There have been a number of gummy bears, pretzels, peanuts, yogurt, fries, mcnuggets, milkshakes. You pick a kid food and it's probably been spilled in my truck. I started with the strawberry milkshake that was spilled on Sunday. Removed the rear seat. took apart the plastic and cleaned it pretty well. Then the other side of the rear seats. Got out the green machine and started cleaning. Then I figured I was that far in so I should pull the front seats too. Did that. I wasn't finding the offending odor. So I pulled the rear plastic spill mat from the Cargo Area. BINGO!!! soaking wet carpet. Then I went on the hunt for the cause of the moisture. I found a missing plug underneath the body just behind the rear DS wheel. It seems for some time now each time I drive in the rain the road grime and moisture had made it's way up through the hole and the carpet soaked it all up. The plastic floor liner and prevented any of the water from evaporating and I got a sweet science project of a rear carpet. Tore it out. Threw it away and the stink is at least gone for now.

Sorry no pic's. But I wanted to share, if you have kids and want to blame them for the stink, perhaps they are not the cause.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:16 AM
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I vote for Rino lining the whole inside. Spill a shake no problem just get the hose out.
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How do you like the green machine?
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:38 AM
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My son has a green machine. He loves it. How do you use one of these to clean your Land Cruiser?
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One of the best chemicals I have found for deodorizing your car is Ozium, in the industril strength version. I carried a generator in the back of a full size Bronco I had and it leaked several pints of gas which soaked into the carpeting. I power washed it several times, used a carpet cleaning machine, etc but it still stunk like gas. Then I was told about Ozium, got that stuff and soaked it down and the odor was gone. Completely. Good stuff.
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One of the best chemicals I have found for deodorizing your car is Ozium, in the industril strength version. I carried a generator in the back of a full size Bronco I had and it leaked several pints of gas which soaked into the carpeting. I power washed it several times, used a carpet cleaning machine, etc but it still stunk like gas. Then I was told about Ozium, got that stuff and soaked it down and the odor was gone. Completely. Good stuff.
Ozium is what we used in aircraft when someone ralfed on the interior. Worked good. And trust me, that is a smell you DO NOT want to live with for long. T
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There is some stuff you can buy at Checker (or Oreilly I guess now). Its called Oil Eater.

I use it in my washer when I wash my clothes from the shop. Its the only stuff I have ever used that can get gear oil smell out of my clothes. I swear by it. Its great stuff.
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I got a thing of Ozium from Carquest. Guy there said to unload the canister and close the windows for 3 hours and stay out of the truck. I'm gonna do that at some point. I got my money's worth from the Green Machine for sure. We had white carpet in our house and with 2 kids it was in need of a little touch up regularly. For anyone unfamiliar it's a $50 carpet cleaner. Like a mini steam cleaner. I use it along with a nail file brush to clean the truck carpet. My plan is to run the truck with just metal in the trunk for a while.

I'm having fond memories of Ferguson at age 2 with projectile purple vomit hitting the back of my headrest after a healthy lunch in Silverton. Blueberry Milkshake, purple Mr Freezy pop and a sip or two of Rootbeer. IIRC
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:49 AM
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I should not have read this thread.... I don't think I want Bridger riding in my truck anymore Maybe my SOR seatcovers and husky liners will save my rig
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good luck with that. Mine has the twing of the funky milk smell
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