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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 5:16 pm 
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Do neons have these? I get this godawful smell when I turn my AC on, the previous owners smoked, and all I can smell is old cigarette smell with the AC or fan on. Anyone know where it is located, if the neons have them?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:03 pm 
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hey man, your guess is as good as mine.

if there is/isn't a filter, you can always spray a healthy amount of Lysol or similar air germ killer into the vents and then let your car run a while with the doors closed, A/C on or air, doesn't really matter...and make sure your windows are up. set it so it circulates the cabin air too. after a while, you can open your doors or put the windows down and let it go a little longer, then go for a 'spirited' drive to air it out.

that might help you eliminate some of the smell, being that if you dont run air much, like myself, you'll get that funky smell from bacteria and moisture being in one place too long.

it doesnt help that the previous owners smoked either...

that's really the only advice I can offer you, let me know if that helps at all


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No neon ever had a cabin air filter. It probably cost too much for Dodge to put on in the later years.

But definitely go with the lysol plan. But it would be better to spray the lysol in the cabin air intake.

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Where is the cabin air intake located? Surely It could just be cleaned out..

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Where is the cabin air intake located? Surely It could just be cleaned out..


Driver's side cowel.

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 Post subject: Re: Cabin air filter
PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:43 pm 
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Hello guys, I've been reading up on this issue with the Neons. I just read the post in 2gn.org on how to create your own cabin filter for 2nd gen Neons. First question that comes to mind is has anyone attempted this procedure on a 1st gen Neon? If so, can someone please post their experience? Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Cabin air filter
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Just looked at that post on 2gn.org. That is a really good idea. Hmm.... :scratch: i'm thinking about that for mine, gonna look at my cowl setup. The only thing is, the 2nd gens have a split cowl panel by design. I don't think the 1st gens had any grilles in the cowl, like the 2nd gens have.

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 Post subject: Re: Cabin air filter
PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:29 pm 
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Finally got a chance to take a look under the windshield cowl and this is what I found. I decided to try some a/c filter material from Home Depot to cover up the air inlet.

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Everything I used to perform the task. I bought the can of Pure Air to freshen things up before I covered the inlet. I followed the same steps as the Lysol method.

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This is the finished product. I cut the filter to shape and used zip ties to secure it to the wire mesh.

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Make sure to account for the wires while cutting filter. I got a little sloppy here.
That's it. Took less than an hour to complete including removal and replacement of the cowl.
Here is a great method for keeping debris from entering the cowl openings
http://www.allpar.com/neon/leaves.html

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 Post subject: Re: Cabin air filter
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very interesting !

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 Post subject: Re: Cabin air filter
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To eliminate teh smell from happening, turbo off the a/c 2 or 3 minutes before shutting off the fan, ie. getting out of the car.

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 Post subject: Re: Cabin air filter
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Vitor wrote:
To eliminate teh smell from happening, turbo off the a/c 2 or 3 minutes before shutting off the fan, ie. getting out of the car.


Yeah, stay out of A/C boost before turning the car off.

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 Post subject: Re: Cabin air filter
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 Post subject: Re: Cabin air filter
PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:36 pm 
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What about recirculated air? That is drawn in from the bottom under the dash.

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 Post subject: Re: Cabin air filter
PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:37 am 
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hpneon, great idea


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