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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 06-30-2011, 02:52 PM
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oooohhhhhh that smell????

So how you guys get rid of the smelly feet smell when running the A\C? I searched here didn't find really anything about it unless I know I should have used the GIF driveby has as his sig...lol just rasin ya driveby....Google gave me some stupid ways....I'm just not sure what the safeist way to fix the smell.....
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:07 PM
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I don't have any odors when using my AC or heater. When was the last time your microfilter was changed? Mold and mildew can form on it (and other places, too).
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:10 PM
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just about a month ago...I was thinking that the drain tube could be clogged...If I sprayed bleach into the intake would that harm anything?
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:55 PM
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Probably your nasal passages and brain cells... I wouldn't put bleach down there. I have heard of shops using mold-killing spray cans which they hook long "straws" up to and put down the vents. Something like this:





There are a number of other videos on YouTube. I have never used any of the products featured, however, so YMMV.
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:06 PM
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Thanks I'll check them out....My son is thinking about moving to Seattle, hope he does it's a nice place to live. Actually Port Orchard.
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That smell (wet rag/wet dog/sour feet/etc.) is due to a dirty or bad A/C Evaporator. I would take it to an A/C shop and see what they can do for you. I tried the sprays to get rid of mine but the stench of the evaporator still came back after a few days. It finally went away after I had my A/C serviced. Hope this helps!
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:11 PM
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mildew on the evaporator will also cause odors. there are products like figi-fresh that can be applied on the evaporator core. it invoves a lot of work to gain access to the unit, or you could cut a hole from under the dash to spray the product directly on the evaporator core.

spraying through the vents will do little to nothing.

there were some diy's i remember seeing, but i cannot seem to find them.

cutting the hole is not a bad thing to do to the airbox, as it can be repaired with duct tape.


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Old 06-30-2011, 09:28 PM
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That smell (wet rag/wet dog/sour feet/etc.) is due to a dirty or bad A/C Evaporator. I would take it to an A/C shop and see what they can do for you. I tried the sprays to get rid of mine but the stench of the evaporator still came back after a few days. It finally went away after I had my A/C serviced. Hope this helps!
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:21 PM
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oopps did I just shoot myself in the foot....Should i have kept my mouth shut?
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Damnit why dont you use the fvcking search function every once in awhile and not spam up the boards? GAWD this pisses me off so freaking much!







Two can razz I'm gonna go with karls suggestion and say change out that microfilter
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Damnit why dont you use the fvcking search function every once in awhile and not spam up the boards? GAWD this pisses me off so freaking much!







Two can razz I'm gonna go with karls suggestion and say change out that microfilter
Read the reply after that already did....: rofl:
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:57 PM
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Hey. Dont start with me. You didnt use the search button...!


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If you're looking to DIY before taking it to a AC shop; You should be able to access the evaporator through the gap in which the interior microfilter is placed. A evaporator cleaner with a tube placed on the sprayer can be used to apply the cleaner to the evaporator.
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