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New Beetle and Mold/Mildew in AC

ahassan13ahassan13 Posts: 1
edited March 2014 in Volkswagen
We have a 1999 New Beetle GLS. The winter of 1999/2000, we noticed a moldy smell in the car when we ran the AC. We took the car to the dealer and they deodorized the AC system and vents. The smell returned and the car was deodorized again. This pattern repeated itself, until finally we asked that a little more investigating be done. They tore apart the AC system and discovered that there was mold growing in the compressor. They replaced parts and deodorized again, but the smell returned. More parts were replaced, but the smell is like Jason, it just won't die!

We're now going through the Lemon Law procedure in Texas, and I wanted to know if anyone else has experienced the same or similar issues for ammunition at he hearing.

Thanks for the input,

Bummed Beetle Owner


  • vidtechvidtech Posts: 212
    First,mold growing in the compressor cannot emit an odor.The system is sealed.You might want to check the drain for the evaporator box.It may be partially plugged.Some people run the vent with the blower on high for a short time after turning off the A/C.This dries off the evaporator coils.
    Also,even if mold was growing in the compressor there would have to be moisture in the system.If moistuer was in the system you would hardly feel cool air comming from the vents.Sound like your dealer is misleading you.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,488
    This is also probably not a valid criteria for a Lemon Law buy back, so you and the dealer should stay on good terms and get this solved. Don't burn your bridges with the dealer.

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