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Old 06-26-2015, 05:05 AM   #1
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Phone stuck in air duct under front passenger seat

Morning everyone
My son's phone fell out his pocket and its some how found its way under the front passengers seat and into the air duct(?))
Luckily it's s green iphone and I can see a bit of the phone but I don't have a clue how to get it out
I've read up online and the same thing has happened to a few people
I've lifted the carpet up as much as I can but still don't have a clue how to get it out
I'm guessing I'll need to take the seat out; is this something I could do myself or shall I need to take it to a garage ?
Thanks in advance for any advise 0
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Old 06-26-2015, 05:09 AM   #2
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Sorry forgot to say, it's a compact
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Old 06-26-2015, 05:16 AM   #3
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One of the resolutions that I've seen is accelerating quickly and slammed on the brake for it to pop out (of course do this on an isolated road with no one around) stay safe.
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Old 06-26-2015, 05:22 AM   #4
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Thanks for replying, I've tried that and no joy
It's stuck quite deep , I'm stumped how it's ended up there
I think removing the seat is the best way to go, Im just not sure if this is something I can do myself
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Old 06-26-2015, 06:05 AM   #5
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Most likely you will have to. There are 4 bolts that hold it down and it will come out (the seatbelt is held onto the bottom of the seat with one bolt as well) but when you do this job make sure to disconnect the battery for 15 min before starting the work or the airbag light might come on.
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Old 06-26-2015, 06:41 AM   #6
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I had this happen to me in my mate's M3. heavy accelerating got it strainght out
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:16 AM   #7
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But that's an M3!!
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:47 AM   #8
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Thanks guys
I'll take your advice Solidjake and have a go at it shortly
It's so frustrating and god knows how a phone would end up stuck there
Thankfully it's green so I can see a tiny bit of the phone lol
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:30 AM   #9
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If it is stuck in the vent that faces the rear of the car, you need to drive in reverse (accelerate slowly) then slam on the brakes as hard as you can, keep that damn steering wheel straight
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:37 AM   #10
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Can you use gorilla tape stuck on the end of a stick to coax it out? If you can get the tape stuck to it... It may pull it out.
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:52 AM   #11
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I've tried that, I've also tried a magnet, a wire coat hanger
As Solidjake had suggested ; taking the seat out is probably the way to go
I don't know how to disconnect the battery and im looking up how to do that just now
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:54 AM   #12
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Don't take this the wrong way but if you don't know how to disconnect the battery, maybe you should take the car to a mechanic
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Old 06-26-2015, 09:10 AM   #13
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Yeah maybe you are right but there's no harm in reading up on it and if I think I can do it I will and if I'm not confident in doing it I won't
I've never had the need to know these type of things before
I've been ripped off in the past and through this site I've learned quite a lot and done a few minor repairs with the advise from a couple of nice guys on here who helped talk me through things and it was really appreciated
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Old 06-26-2015, 03:13 PM   #14
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Disconnecting the battery is easy. 5 minute job.

Its in the trunk on the passenger side under the black cover.
The cover is held in by clips that are secured to the trunk floor with 2 screws. Take those 2 screws out and take the panel off from over the battery.
Then just disconnect the negative from the battery.

BTW, the tools in the trunk tool kit are all you need to disconnect the battery.
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Old 06-26-2015, 04:29 PM   #15
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Since you can see it, how about one of those grabber things. Something like this...

http://www.homedepot.com/p/GrabEasy-...0401/202505170
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Old 06-26-2015, 04:44 PM   #16
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Hi
I managed to disconnect the battery no bother it was straight forward
I managed to get the the front seat out, carpet up but lost the plot and ended up cutting through the black plastic air duct thingy to be able to get the phone which was quite far in
I'm still stumped and cannot see how the phone ended up getting stuck especially in such a small place
I have put some mesh over the opening of the air duct so I never have to go through that again
Thanks guys for all your replies with your help and advice, I really appreciate it
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Old 06-27-2015, 02:33 AM   #17
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Glad to see you got your son's phone back. They're right up there with wedding rings on popular items to be lost in the air ducts.

For anyone in a similar situation, or looking to prevent it, here are some threads that that might spark an idea or two. There’ve been a number of creative/funny ideas over the years on extraction and prevention.

If you want a good read, see: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=441369
Here’s one person's solution: http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=790367
Another with better photos: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...2#post10557946
Yet another using drywall tape: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...3#post10682580

Spirited driving, vacuum cleaner, and coat hanger are the methods that seem to have worked the best. Although, as you discovered, cutting through the air duct is usually the fastest, most direct route.
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:25 AM   #18
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Morning everyone
My son's phone fell out his pocket and its some how found its way under the front passengers seat and into the air duct(?))
Luckily it's s green iphone and I can see a bit of the phone but I don't have a clue how to get it out
I've read up online and the same thing has happened to a few people
I've lifted the carpet up as much as I can but still don't have a clue how to get it out
I'm guessing I'll need to take the seat out; is this something I could do myself or shall I need to take it to a garage ?
Thanks in advance for any advise 0

This happened to me. Just reversed hard and slammed on the brakes.
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