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Old 05-17-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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Angry Dead Animal Smell on the Car

Gentlemen, I could use some help. Last night my fiancé hit a bag of something (probably decaying animal) on her trip through MI. She tells me the smell is pretty horrendous. She's been through the car wash 3 times so far (with the underspray going). The smell is so bad the attendant let her through on the last one for free. I'm in NY so there’s nothing I can do from here. I told her to stop into a local garage and have them put it on the lift to see if something is stuck under the car still. (2003 Honda Civic)

Has anyone used any product or know of a spray product that will help neutralize the odor on the car. If it's available at one of the chain stores that would be great. Personally im not looking forward to dealing with it next week when she gets home so if I can have her pick up a bottle of something and have a garage out there take care of it, I'd be a might happier camper.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:09 AM   #2
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First figure out if it's stuck on the car or if parts of the animal still isn't in the car... then worry about spray or neutralizers. The animal parts may be the cause of the stench.
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Going to vote something is stuck under the car. . . Get a buddy to check or tell get to get on her back with a flash light. .
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:50 AM   #5
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Skunk?
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:58 AM   #6
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Have her check in the back seat. My drunk brother-in-law has been known to sleep it off in unlocked cars and he smells worse than a dead skunk.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:06 PM   #7
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No not a skunk, but definatly not a pleasant smell. What it is is anyones guess beyond that. Probaly a bag of rancid animal parts. I think it's probably something stuck under the car too, but based on my luck the garage wont find anything or will miss it. I know this is going to be something im chasing for a while (hot day: Honey the car smells again...). I was hoping someone had used a nutralizer that worked well. Maybe even if only for a skunk smell.

Erampu, was your brother-in-law in troy the other day?
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:31 PM   #8
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Simple. Get rid of the source. No foolin.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:38 PM   #9
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No not a skunk, but definatly not a pleasant smell. What it is is anyones guess beyond that. Probaly a bag of rancid animal parts. I think it's probably something stuck under the car too, but based on my luck the garage wont find anything or will miss it. I know this is going to be something im chasing for a while (hot day: Honey the car smells again...). I was hoping someone had used a nutralizer that worked well. Maybe even if only for a skunk smell.

Erampu, was your brother-in-law in troy the other day?

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Old 05-17-2012, 01:33 PM   #11
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Go to any hunting supply store. Remington makes a good product, but there are several to choose from. Or you can make a batch of homemade stuff. Dump a can of tomato juice, a bottle of hydrogen peroxide (the whole bottle!), and a liberal amount of liquid dish soap, and cut it with just enough water until you think it will spray through any kind of empty spray bottle nozzle. For a car, you might want to make up enough to fill a powerwasher. I have to wash my dogs with this at least once a month. It works.
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:46 PM   #12
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From underneath the car you will be able to see the flesh and snatch it out. Only option in my opinion.
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:25 PM   #13
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Go find a skunk and get car sprayed or run over the skunk. You won't have the dead animal smell anymore
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Yes i realize that removing any remaining pieces is paramount to getting rid of the smell. Its the residuals that I want to nutralize.

Pirivate Lugnutz Thank you. I'll head over there afterwork to see if the've got it. If not I'll mix up a batch as you've described.

38Chevy454 I'll ask her to find a skunk on the way home.
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No problem. One note of caution that I have never used it on a car. Or anything other than my dogs and once, on my own clothing. You'll want to leave it on a good bit, long enough to let the molecules mix and do their chemistry thing, then rinse.
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:12 AM   #16
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Update: Fiance paid the kid at the at the car wash to squeeze under the car and see if there was anything there. There was a piece of bag and other stuff in the subframe. Pulled that out. Car still stinks but not nearly as bad.
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Update: Fiance paid the kid at the at the car wash to squeeze under the car and see if there was anything there. There was a piece of bag and other stuff in the subframe. Pulled that out. Car still stinks but not nearly as bad.
Sounds like the fiance drove over a bag and thought it was animal smells
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LOL... Reminds me of the time I thought I hit a black n white cat in the towtruck... Good news - not someones pussy... Bad news... Not someone's pussy...

I got a nice long section of exhaust out of it; eventually... After everyone complained about my truck for ~2 months, and hundreds of wasted hours by numerous drivers, mechanics and office staff... putting everything known to man on that undercarriage to try and chase the stench away...
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At least he didn't find a hand or something, mind you, after that, in the UK the insurance company will declare it a biohazard and have it crushed.
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