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Old 01-29-2007, 09:46 AM   #1
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Electrical Smell with Heater On..

Well guys for once I am posting in the TECH section as I am sure some of you have come accross this.. Since I was in FL for a few years when i first got into BMW's and don't normally drive them in the winter here.. I am wondering why whenever my heating fan is on.. I can smell burning electrical.. the fan isn't really making any difference in noise but maybe it's on it's way out? It's not fun driving to work in -25 with no heat.. let me know.. thanks guys..
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Old 01-29-2007, 11:54 PM   #2
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have u by chance replaced ur microfilter lately? if u havent its possible that air isnt getting thru and building up pressure which is causing something else to **** up. thats a possibility.
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Old 01-30-2007, 08:20 AM   #3
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microfilter huh? where would i find this filter you speak of?
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Old 01-30-2007, 09:29 AM   #4
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check the DIY websites for e36, they have a complete diy on how to change it, but people say its pain in the ass to do it!!!
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Old 01-30-2007, 09:48 AM   #5
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bah.. can't be that hard.. i can have the dash out in 15 minutes... thanks guys...
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:34 PM   #6
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yea the microfilter is easy if ur not a huge mofo, u dont even need to take the glovebox off. guernteed ull cut up ur hands a lil thou
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:40 PM   #7
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bah.. i just found this http://users.ids.net/~thompson/bmw/microfilter.html
that'll be a breeze! Thanks guys.. 45 mins PFFT.. i'll do it in 4.5!
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:26 PM   #8
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the hardest part for me was taking out the vent tube once u get under there, its a really akward angle. and also putting the final cover back on once ur doing everything. the actual changing was easy
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:49 PM   #9
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did you have a weird smell comin from yours? I find my heat doesn't always like to work either..
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:08 PM   #10
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it wasnt a weird smell, i changed it because even on full blast barely any air would come out. so i read some stuff on these forums and decided it was the filter. i changed it and low and behold i got beatiful fresh air coming thru! btw the filter get dirty quite quickly, probably needs to get changed once a year or something like that
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