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need help w/oil spill inside vehicle

Kaps on Sun August 26, 2007 1:16 AM User is offlineView users profile

Refrigerant Type: R134A

You may laugh, here is my problem:
I left a 14 oz can of r134A w/4 oz oil/stopleak in my car. I left the windows open, but the can still blew out through the relief slit in the bottom, spaying refrigerant and oil all over.
I cleaned the best I could, but the car still smells of the oil.
Any suggestions to deodorize?
It has leather seats.

A. C. Doyle said "Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth."

bohica2xo on Sun August 26, 2007 2:39 AM User is offline

Wow, "magic in a can" will ruin most anything! Must be the improved model, you do not even have to tap the can to trash your car...

Sorry to hear of your problem. Some of that ester oil has a strong odor. The seal swelling agents are solvents - they will leave in a day or so. A lot depends on where the bulk of the oil is. If it is soaked into the leather seats, you will be smelling it for a long time. Some activated charcoal in the cabin may help. Any scent strong enough to mask the oil will probably be naseuating anyway.

If it is soaked into something you can replace like a floor mat, you got lucky. You might want to look up the MSDS on the product you have spread around your vehicle - and decide on just how much of it you want to inhale long term.


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dannyual767 on Sun August 26, 2007 11:26 AM User is offlineView users profile

I know that this is painfully obvious but this is how I get rid of odors, like when a big jar of sliced Jalapeno peppers spilled in my car ! You need to let that thing air out. Hopefully you park in a garage or your driveway is safe enough to leave your windows down. Put the windows up at night for safety but leave them down during the day. Of course it'll take forever to get rid of the smell if you can't leave your windows down.

NickD on Sun August 26, 2007 1:44 PM User is offline

Did you try telling your wife, you don't smell anything and that odor is her imagination?

Tis an enjoyable job to completely remove the interior out of a vehicle because you can always find some change and even a toy your kid was missing for years. Household rug shampooer on the carpets, can even hang them on a line and spray them off with a water hose and let the sun take over. Seat upholstery can be cleaned much nicer when removed, visit a vet supply for a box of hog rings and hog ring pliers, not very expensive. I toss cloth in the washing machine using the delicate position, man does that water get black, didn't think my seats were that dirty. Leather has saddle soap and water, especially if the oil soaked through, will shrink, could try steam cleaning, but can be made to look nice again with the nearest color wax shoe polish and spit shinning to remind you of your happy military days.

Put it all back together again and tell your family they cannot ride in it, will get it dirty again. My record for change found is $1.86, see if you can top that. In one car found a 17 mm socket that must have been dropped in during production and always find those hard to find extra interior screws laying around.

But sometimes you find large rust holes in the floorboards, that takes the fun out of it, what the heck, a piece of galvanized and some roofing tar, good as new again, carpet hides it.

Edited: Sun August 26, 2007 at 1:49 PM by NickD

HECAT on Mon August 27, 2007 10:07 AM User is offline

Not to make light of the mess you now have to your leather interior. At least none of the sealer got onto the A/C system.


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