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Old 07-31-2010, 07:21 AM   #1
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AC smell location of evaporator

I've got the stink bad in my ac.

I wrote a few weeks ago about using the outer wrap of a phone cord to connect to my lysol can to stick down the center vents and drip the lysol onto the evaporator, coz I really don't want to have to open things up and clean it off manually.

Could someone tell me, if they actually know, the location of the evaporator relative to some known location from the interior?

I want to stick this 20" long hose in the best orientation to clean things up...

That, or anyone have a link for the evaporator cleaner I've seen recommended that foams and which has a long hose attached to it? All the ones I've found in local shops has a 1" hose.

Anyway, trying to kill mildew smell and the diys I've read haven't covered this.

Cribs: want to know size, location, orientation of evaporator relative to front center vents.
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:38 AM   #2
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http://www.bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/AC/smell.htm

http://www.bgprod.com/products/climatecontrol.html
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Thanks, Kala.

I'd seen that diy, and frankly, was hoping to avoid doing that...actually...WILL avoid doing that! I had a back operation years ago, so do everything I can to avoid such odd positions.

I'm hoping that the evap is located such that I can actually apply liquid Lysol (it turns liquid at the end of the hose...I'm actually looking for a nozzle I can add to it and get through vents so have a spray again...I'm trying to invent my own, lazy man's diy for this smell).

Anyway, appreciate the help, but hope someone can tell me where I should be spraying/dripping lysol...if that's possible.

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dmax are you the one with the light blueish car? that went to GPNY with us?

anyways

i got the same issue a bit. ill check again
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dmax are you the one with the light blueish car? that went to GPNY with us?

anyways

i got the same issue a bit. ill check again
Guess not...my car is Fern Green (yech, I know!) and I don't know what gpny stands for...Grand Prix New York?
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:53 AM   #6
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I recently gave Klima Fresh a try and was very pleased with the results. I purchased it from bavauto and it's super easy to use. It's basically a fogger can that sprays up into the the recirc air intake in the passenger side foot well with the fan blowing max to draw it through the system. Takes about 10 minutes.

http://www.liquimoly.co.uk/index.php..._details&id=36
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:26 AM   #7
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I recently gave Klima Fresh a try and was very pleased with the results. I purchased it from bavauto and it's super easy to use. It's basically a fogger can that sprays up into the the recirc air intake in the passenger side foot well with the fan blowing max to draw it through the system. Takes about 10 minutes.

http://www.liquimoly.co.uk/index.php..._details&id=36
Went looking for pass side recirc air intake. Didn't see and also tested for suction anywhere...is this intake hidden behind a panel or something...or might anyone know where it is on '99?

Thanks again...like that klimafresh idea!

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Old 07-09-2011, 08:36 PM   #8
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I recently gave Klima Fresh a try and was very pleased with the results. I purchased it from bavauto and it's super easy to use. It's basically a fogger can that sprays up into the the recirc air intake in the passenger side foot well with the fan blowing max to draw it through the system. Takes about 10 minutes.

http://www.liquimoly.co.uk/index.php..._details&id=36
I tried something else and it worked for a year...stinky smell back again.

Anyone know the location of the AC return vent? I believe it's right next to the center console, under the glovebox...anyone know if that's right?

I sprayed into it while the recirculate and AC was on, but it didn't really suck in so well...just need to make sure that's it.
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So, since I know I'm way ahead of so many in mileage, I know I also ask a lot that few have needed to do.

Anyway, I searched Bentley, and the first thing it covers under AC/heating is the smell! It says to remove the FSR and spray the spray behind where it comes out.

I think that's interesting that all the cans of AC spray say to just put the car on recirculate, spray the stuff, turn off AC and let it soak. I'm going to try that again just for grins, but if this doesn't do it...behind the fsr I guess I'll go!

I don't quite get why the fsr needs to be removed, as if it's recirculating, there's obviously a path that sucks air in through the housing with heater core and evaporator.

Also, for all those looking for the evap drain, Bentley says that after removing fsr and spraying, that it should then drip from the drain...I know many have been trying to find this little hose sticking down, and although I 'thought' I saw it by the clutch bleeder valve, I'm not 100%.
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I recently gave Klima Fresh a try and was very pleased with the results. I purchased it from bavauto and it's super easy to use. It's basically a fogger can that sprays up into the the recirc air intake in the passenger side foot well with the fan blowing max to draw it through the system. Takes about 10 minutes.

http://www.liquimoly.co.uk/index.php..._details&id=36
anybody have a lead on where to get this in the US. i checked bavauto.com and even called them. they can't get it right now (and it's not on the website).
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Went looking for pass side recirc air intake. Didn't see and also tested for suction anywhere...is this intake hidden behind a panel or something...or might anyone know where it is on '99?

Thanks again...like that klimafresh idea!

Doug
That's my problem on my 2005 330.......where is the air intake that's used in the recirculating mode ???????

Can somebody tell me clearly and specifically ?

Thanks........Mike
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So, since I know I'm way ahead of so many in mileage, I know I also ask a lot that few have needed to do.

Anyway, I searched Bentley, and the first thing it covers under AC/heating is the smell! It says to remove the FSR and spray the spray behind where it comes out.

I think that's interesting that all the cans of AC spray say to just put the car on recirculate, spray the stuff, turn off AC and let it soak. I'm going to try that again just for grins, but if this doesn't do it...behind the fsr I guess I'll go!

I don't quite get why the fsr needs to be removed, as if it's recirculating, there's obviously a path that sucks air in through the housing with heater core and evaporator.

Also, for all those looking for the evap drain, Bentley says that after removing fsr and spraying, that it should then drip from the drain...I know many have been trying to find this little hose sticking down, and although I 'thought' I saw it by the clutch bleeder valve, I'm not 100%.
What is the FSR ???
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:39 PM   #13
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Your over thinking it, more then likely it is your cabin air filter located near the windshield under the hood my e46 had same smell changed filter fixed the issue try that first of u never have changed it also the have stuff specially for a/c don't use Lysol buy a/c leaner and put the hose in the a/c drain tube located under the car spray in there as well as the vents n it will be fine.
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