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> Fish Like Smell When We First Turn On The Air Conditioner
post Aug 19 2010, 08:35 PM
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If our 2010 XC60 3.2 A SR has been sitting for a day or two in the garage, when we first turn on the air conditioner we get a fish- like smell for about 30 seconds to a minute. After 30 seconds to a minute the smell disappears. The smell appears to be stronger the longer the vehicle has sat. If we operate the vehicle multiple times during the day the smell is not there or it is hardly noticeable. We are taking it to the dealer next week where the dealer will let it sit for about 18 hours while we have a loaner. Does anyone have any ideas what could be causing this?
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post Aug 20 2010, 01:22 PM
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Mildew would be my guess. Why there would be mildew in a practically brand new vehicle is the big question.

Unless you got one of the units built on a Friday during the Lenten season. Fridy, Lent, Fish . . . get it? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)
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post Oct 22 2010, 04:46 PM
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I get the same fishy smell problem too. Will be interested to hear what the cause and solution is.
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post Apr 6 2011, 07:47 PM
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I have the same issue but we drive our 2010 xc60 3.2 AWD daily. Any help would be appreciated.
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post Apr 7 2011, 10:53 AM
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must still be at the dealer...8 months is a little crazy for ac issues...or he just forgot to come back with an update.

I have to same problem but I'm thinking its because I spent some time in georgia when the plants decided to cause pollen dust storms spring of 2010...
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post Jun 18 2011, 08:58 PM
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Sounds to me like the after-blower is either not working properly or is not turned on. Its meant to try and keep the evaporator from getting mildew on it. I would check that first and then try to spray some deodorizer in the vents and in the cabin filter when you change it out.
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