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Old 08-08-2010, 10:21 PM   #21
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Has anyone tried cleaning the evaporator by removing the blower fan assembly? According to some, it can be done in 20 minutes, and exposes the entire evaporator. Here is a DIY on the fan removal (start at post 50 for the updated steps with detailed pics):

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=418987
Sound you have done this, am I right? How to dry the fluid if I flushed evaporator? Turn on the AC right away?
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Old 08-10-2010, 01:25 PM   #22
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Thanks for the writeup
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Old 07-02-2011, 05:55 PM   #23
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subscribed, need to do this!
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Old 07-09-2011, 05:38 PM   #24
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Has anyone tried cleaning the evaporator by removing the blower fan assembly? According to some, it can be done in 20 minutes, and exposes the entire evaporator. Here is a DIY on the fan removal (start at post 50 for the updated steps with detailed pics):

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=418987
Sick of smelling the dirty gymsock when I turn on the AC, I decided to access the evaporator coil the way FFWD references. I left the blower in and shot through the fan grills as well as under the blower. I was able to shoot the whole can onto 90% of the evaporator. While I was in there, I decided to clean some of the grills of the blower...What a difference! The blower was sending out cold air about twice the velocity than it was prior to doing this and it didn't stink.

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Old 07-09-2011, 06:10 PM   #25
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Awesome write up. And thanks! :-)

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Old 07-24-2011, 03:55 PM   #26
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That Smell has nothing to do with Evaporator. It's a well known problem for all the BMWs. The smell starts to come after 3 or 4 years from the insulation rubber used in Sound system to dampen the sound and also the insulation used underneath the seats.

Read these :
http://chimicles.com/case/bmw-odor
http://digg.com/news/offbeat/abnorma...on_odor_tossed
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:27 PM   #27
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well i got me a weekend project on my hands cause my sheet stinks lol
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:02 PM   #28
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This is very helpful to many people since our cars are old.


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Old 08-04-2014, 07:54 PM   #29
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I have just done this today by removing the blower fan cover in the engine bay to reveal the evaporator coil. I also did not remove the fan.

I sprayed Wurths AC disinfectant spray - whole can. Took me nearly 2 hours to do the whole job. Seems to have done the job.

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Old 09-13-2016, 09:23 PM   #30
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Made sure the drain was unclogged by running the AC and confirmed condensation was coming out from the drain tube.

I did the Frigi Clean 709 and attached the nipple it comes with to the blower cover. Attached the tube it comes with to the nipple and empty the can while the AC is running on max and now don't have to worry about the air inlet being open.

You can leave the nipple in their ans cap it off. There is enough room on the Blower cover to connect the nipple. Mine just cleared the cover that goes in front of blower cover that supports the cabin filter. You could move it up by 1/2" or so... Next year just plug in and clean.

And then sprayed the Frigi Fresh to finish off.
Worked like a charm.
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Old 02-08-2017, 11:10 PM   #31
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My attempt to clean the evaporator coil today (pics)

Thanks! This helped me do a necessary cleaning as my AC was beginning to smell musty and a reason to replace FSU.

Foaming cleaner can be bought at Kia/Toyota/Subaru dealers for 25 and Lysol is recommend by BMW via TIS service bulletin.

Kit also comes with an AC refresher than can be sprayed thru cabin air filter ducts.

I managed not to remove footwell AC duct.

I ended up using all the can of foam cleaner and half bottle of Lysol.

Overall, the car smells much better and no longer has bacterial smell.

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