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Sauce spilled into undercarriage of trunk - HELP!

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#1 OFFLINE   samuraitakenz

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 03:34 PM

Hello.  I could use some assistance from fellow owners right now.  Recently, I had a pot of meatballs sitting in my trunk on the way home.  I had to quickly maneuver away from another car and the pot tipped over.  Luckily, the pot was semi-sealed but some of the sauce managed to spill out of the pot and onto the carpet and into the undercarriage of the trunk.  I had the carpets shampooed and thoroughly cleaned what I could, but there's still sauce behind the plastic moldings in the trunk.

 

What can I do to get into the moldings and wipe away the rest of the sauce so my new car doesn't smell like old/stale meatballs?  I'm usually a stickler about the cleanliness of my car, so the fact that I can't get into the undercarriage and side moldings to clean the rest out really bugs me. 

 

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#2 OFFLINE   fotomoto

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 04:05 PM

Uhh-ohh!   Yes, all the panels and carpets can be removed down to the bare metal.  Sorry I don't have the workshop manual to tell you how.  

 

I had the same thing happen with a gas can that was supposedly sealed and learned from it.  I now carry anything like this in a tied, large plastic trash bag as insurance.   My last trip was a huge portable roaster filled with 10 pounds of cooked pinto beans.  It was very difficult to get a large leaf bag around it but it was well worth the piece of mind.  



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Posted 10 February 2015 - 04:26 PM

I was going to suggest a wet/dry shop vac, but removing the panels is probably the way to go.  Clean everything with bleach afterwards.

 

I spilled a parmesan cheese casserole on the floor of my old Audi.  It smelled like vomit for weeks, even after scrubbing the carpet.  I finally resorted to "Nature's Miracle" which did the job (works great on cat urine as well).

 

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 04:41 PM

Could a pro detailer get to the sauce, if they can see it they can get it clean.

$125 when they have a sale.



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Posted 10 February 2015 - 05:29 PM

Uhh-ohh!   Yes, all the panels and carpets can be removed down to the bare metal.  Sorry I don't have the workshop manual to tell you how.  

 

I had the same thing happen with a gas can that was supposedly sealed and learned from it.  I now carry anything like this in a tied, large plastic trash bag as insurance.   My last trip was a huge portable roaster filled with 10 pounds of cooked pinto beans.  It was very difficult to get a large leaf bag around it but it was well worth the piece of mind.  

I'm trying to find a workshop manual to guide me through the disassembly process.  If I can get to the lowest point of the spill, I'd be able to remove the sauce (and hopefully the smell with baking soda). 



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Posted 10 February 2015 - 07:52 PM

I was going to suggest a wet/dry shop vac, but removing the panels is probably the way to go.  Clean everything with bleach afterwards.

 

I spilled a parmesan cheese casserole on the floor of my old Audi.  It smelled like vomit for weeks, even after scrubbing the carpet.  I finally resorted to "Nature's Miracle" which did the job (works great on cat urine as well).

 

Adrian

What is Nature's Miracle?



#7 OFFLINE   Adrian_L

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 08:29 PM

It's an enzymatic spray deodorizer, mainly for getting the smell of pet urine out of fabric.   You'll find it in Petsmart, etc. 



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Posted 11 February 2015 - 10:17 AM

I'm trying to find a workshop manual to guide me through the disassembly process.  If I can get to the lowest point of the spill, I'd be able to remove the sauce (and hopefully the smell with baking soda). 

 

You might try an independent audio shop.  Those guys know how to quickly tear cars apart!  LOL   Heck they might even give you some free advice/pointers on how to DIY.



#9 OFFLINE   Bill-N

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 10:17 AM

Look here http://fordcmaxhybri...-hybrid-manual/ for the workshop manual link.  You can purchase a one month subscription for $20.00.


Edited by Bill-N, 11 February 2015 - 10:21 AM.


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Posted 11 February 2015 - 11:06 AM

I'm trying to find a workshop manual to guide me through the disassembly process.  If I can get to the lowest point of the spill, I'd be able to remove the sauce (and hopefully the smell with baking soda). 

Look on e-bay.  Here's an OEM CD and another.   Note one has to change the date if beyond expiration. You probably can find illegal copies of the OEM CD for even less.



#11 OFFLINE   Marc Smith

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 01:50 PM

Hey folks,

 

I'm checking ALLDATA  and I;m coming up empty.  So I was looking at how to remove the hybrid battery and it refers to loadspace trim panels to remove.  problem is the ALLDATA is pretty mum on how to remove the loadspace trim panels...

 

I would imagine that you'd have to remove the carpet and then begin prying at the corners and see what happens.

 

Kinda of like exploratory surgery.  proceede with caution...

 

have you given any though to heading over to the ford dealership with a dozen donuts for the service guy  and ask to take a look at their shop manual for a few minutes???



#12 OFFLINE   Adrian_L

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 03:45 PM

Man.  I miss the old days when panels (sometimes wood) were held in with phillips screws.

 

Just be careful with those plastic grommet things--they snap easily.


Edited by Adrian_L, 11 February 2015 - 03:48 PM.







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