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Old 08-15-2003, 09:33 PM
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How to get rid of the HORSE HAIR odor in old MB cars.

Dear friends:

My friend got a 1980 W116 300SD. The seats are MB-Tex.

The problem is that the smell inside the car is really aweful, and I believe that this smell emanates from horse had pads under the seats. Is there any product or a way to help alleviate or get rid of this horse hair smell?

Is it easy to remove the MB-Tex cover and throw away the underlying horse hair pads?

Thank you very much for your precious information.

Best regards,

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Old 08-15-2003, 09:53 PM
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The smell is ROTTEN horsehair pads -- none of ours smell anymore.

First, you need to fix the water leaks so the car isn't wet all the time (I know what you mean about the smell -- my brothers was terrible), then replace the pads.

Remove seats and seat covers, then the pads. new pads are available, although not cheap, and good ones can be obtained at any "recyler" with the appropriate body style. Don't bother with attempting a replacement with anything else, they are molded and form most of the seat shape.

Or you can just get the seats complete and swap them out.

Get the leaks fixed, though, or the new ones will start to rot, too!

1972 220D ?? miles
1988 300E 200,012
1987 300D Turbo killed 9/25/07, 275,000 miles
1985 Volvo 740 GLE Turobodiesel 218,000
1972 280 SE 4.5 165, 000 - It runs!
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Old 08-15-2003, 10:33 PM
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While you are looking for the parts and fixing the leaks... you can try several things.. one is treat it like your refrigerator... use baking soda ( not powder , LOL )..... open up a box and place it in there at nights... seal up and place in refrigerator in the daytime....also , pest control companies often have the stuff to deodorize areas.. but you can probably get the same stuff at places like " Self Chem".... and of course a regular spray of Lysol into the intake of the climate control when the ac is on and then with the heater on always helps... also take out the offending items and expose them to sunlight as often as you can....
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