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Old 03-06-2008, 05:04 PM
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Getting Rid of Diesel Smell?

I have a second tank in the trunk for when it's warm enough to run veggie blends. Right now I've just been putting diesel in it. After so many leaky fuel pumps and slight overfills, you can smell the aroma in the interior. I guess I've grown less sensitive to it, but I've had cases where people are bothered by the smell.

Any suggestions? Chemicals for cleaning with? Air freshener? Seems that air freshener would just mask the smell and put out more unhealthy stuff, unless there's a device that acts more like an air purifier.
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:10 PM
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Any suggestions? Chemicals for cleaning with? Air freshener? Seems that air freshener would just mask the smell and put out more unhealthy stuff, unless there's a device that acts more like an air purifier.
You probably shouldn't be carrying diesel fuel in the passenger cabin. Just a bad idea, generally speaking.
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:20 PM
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You probably shouldn't be carrying diesel fuel in the passenger cabin. Just a bad idea, generally speaking.
The diesel tank and most of the smell are in the trunk. Some people can smell it in the cabin though. Guess I might just try cleaning the trunk area with soap + water, but I'm curious if anyone else had experience with a smelly car.
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:23 PM
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The trunk is connected to the cabin (not sealed), I would also lose the extra tank.
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:27 PM
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Get a little trailer with a tank on it . . . .
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:55 PM
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On a more practical note, you might try just picking a breezy day and letting it air with everything open that will open. Throw in something like Febreeze which at least claims to vanish odors rather than just cover them up (The old "Fish and flowers" commercial) - or just see what air does.

Best solution: fix the leaks and don't spill any!
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Now for a serious reply

On a more serious note....

Years ago I wore a certain jacket while changing the fuel
tank strainer and got fuel on the sleeve.

Even after repeated washing I never got the smell out.
Very disappointed.

I am of the opinion that there is no antidote to diesel smell.

No counter punch, no opposite force, no neutralizer.

I never tried ozium which is supposed to be a scientific chemical
that bonds with the odor molecules.

Maybe one of our more scientific members can comment.
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:13 PM
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I was being mostly serious, I've never had the diesel problem but I've gotten other odors (Left a milkshake cup in the car for a day or two... oops) - out by just using the let-it-air-out-all-day method.
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:36 PM
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You can always do what I did today. Spill a crock pot full of milk based soup all over the carpet. All up under the passanger seat as well. I cleaned as well as I can but you never get it all. Given a few days to "age" I'm sure the smell of diesel will be the least of concerns.
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Bring it to central Florida and park in/near a Orange grove. The blossoms are just getting started. It smells really nice.
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Go to a vaccuum cleaner specialty store. They will have something that will kill the smell.
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An Ionizer maybe?
maybe tomato juice.....it works for skunk odor.
use a brush and "paint" it on leave it sit for awhile
then scrub with soap and water.
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how about old coffee grounds?
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:48 PM
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I sprinkle baking soda on diesel spills in the garage, really helps keep the smell down, I buy large boxes of it @ costco.
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