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post #1 of 140 (permalink) Old 05-14-2005, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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People sometimes overlook this maintenance. But it's important, especially if you have allergies.

How to replace the in-cabin air filter

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Wow I took mine out this weekend to check it out and it was full of leaves and bugs and crap after 10,000 miles. You would think there would be an earlier line of defense to keep out the big leaves and stuff like a screen or something?? I just tapped it out and vaccummed it a little for now.
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i dont know what causes this, but i replaced my cabin filter a few weeks ago, cause the ac was warm and there was a bad smell comming from the vents, i replaced the filter and sure enough, leaves bugs some weird alge lol and the filter was black, i cleaned the compartment out and put the new one in, and for a day there was no smell comming from the vents, all of a sudden it started again when i first start up and turn the air or a/c on. i checked it today since i finally had time and the filter was a little dirty but really not bad at all, i took this little block air freshner that i have in the car that doenst really work since the vent smell was over powering everything, and shaved some of it off into the filter, now it smells like the air freshner that i ahve in the car comming out of the vents, but i dont know how long it will last, anyone know why this happens? is it the filter even though its brand new?

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...anyone know why this happens? is it the filter even though its brand new?
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It's not the filter. Chances are there's a little excess condensation left in the HVAC, due to the humidity from summertime, and it's causing a mold/mildew smell. I suggest keeping the car on the "outside air" setting, as compared to the "recirc", both when driving and leaving it parked, and it should help to dry it up a little.


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I've recently started having this "odour coming from vents" problem too. I did some research online and sure enough many people say to "dry" out the condenser by putting the heating on and driving around like that. Well, it's been at least four days of doing this with no improvement whatsoever. Apparently on the BMW forums a trick they use is to spray Lysol (the one that kills 99.9% of bacteria) into the intake of the HVAC system and run the heating. Gonna give that a try today, and if it works I'll let you know.

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I've recently started having this "odour coming from vents" problem too.* I did some research online and sure enough many people say to "dry" out the condenser by putting the heating on and driving around like that.* Well, it's been at least four days of doing this with no improvement whatsoever.* Apparently on the BMW forums a trick they use is to spray Lysol (the one that kills 99.9% of bacteria) into the intake of the HVAC system and run the heating.* Gonna give that a try today, and if it works I'll let you know.
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Any one use any air freshener sprayed or put on the new cabin air filter before installing, like spraying the filter with febreeze or a product along those lines?
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Wicked walkthrough. Just bought one today, gonna see to replace it tomorrow. I've had a bad smell comming on and off since I got the car. I hope this will help a bit. I always run the air from outside, but that's never helped with the smell.
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