2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: Stinky Air

October 18, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

"What an incredible smell you've discovered." Ah, yes, I never pass up an opportunity to work in a Star Wars quote.

But seriously, when you start up our 2013 Cadillac ATS, the first few seconds of air that comes blasting out of the vents is pretty stinky. Like, "shut down all the garbage mashers on the detention level" stinky.

It clears up in about 10 seconds. After a summer of blasting the A/C, some condensation could have built up in the system and now we have some mold or bacteria. Or maybe because our mornings are chilly and we're running the heat, and then the afternoons are hot and we run the air. Dan Edmunds says it usually comes from using recirc too much.

Whatever the cause, we'll have it checked out. Stinkiness can also be a sign of something more serious.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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By nukedetroit
on 10/18/13
11:26 AM PST

No argument from me about how much anything from Gov't Motors reeks of dank and dismal failure... but in this case you probably only need to change out the cabin air filter.

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