Piston Slap: Good Rid-dance to damp carpets?
So in my infinite wisdom, I left the windows open on my 1992 Mitsubishi Montero while I was away over the weekend. It rained, so this is some bad stuff. I am going to get DampRid so that I can start to dry this out as soon as possible. Do you have any other ideas on how to fix my mistake?
Ugh, I have been there. One time I left my 1988 Mercury Cougar’s windows cracked during a huge rainstorm, and the cabin was allowed to marinate for days before I approached the car and smelled the problem. This was pre-Google times, therefore I didn’t know about DampRid’s decades-long reputation of water absorption. So instead I cut out the affected carpet as a quick fix to the problem. (It was already sun bleached and in need of replacement, so cutting it up wasn’t a big deal.)
But that wasn’t a fix at all, as the water/mold damage affected most of the padding underneath the carpet. That’s the first half of my story, but I recommend yanking the carpets if you have any concerns about DampRid.
I’m not gonna be able to pull the carpets out of the Montero, at least not immediately. I need this car for daily driving; it can’t be decommissioned for that long. The floor mats are out and I vacuumed it hard. Now I hope DampRid will do its thing.
I hope so too, Rory! Because if not, you must do what I did next: yank out the carpet and bolt back in the driver’s seat so its drivable, if a bit noisy. It’s shocking how quickly you can remove a vehicle’s seats, console, and rocker panel trim and make quick work of the moldy carpet. With little else but bare metal floors inside, I cleaned all surfaces with Lysol, sanded/painted a metal bracket under the carpet that became rusty, and bombed the rest of the interior with Ozium. Boom, it was done and the smell was history.
Problem solved, except I was driving around on a metal floor with one Cougar bucket seat for far, far too many trips to work/school. That’s because I first waited a few days for a color sample, then a few weeks for the correct “Oxblood”-toned replacement carpet to arrive. But that’s not relevant to you and your Montero, as I assume your carpet doesn’t need replacement, just a long time to dry out. Or not, as maybe DampRid isn’t a product with a misleading name?
Hagerty Community, do you think that will work, or does the carpet need to be pulled?
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