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Old 04-28-2016, 05:59 AM
David Covell David Covell is offline
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location of cabin air recirculation port 2001 X5 3.0

Trying to locate the cabin air recirculation port on a BMW X5 2001 3.0. This port has a
baffle controlled by the dashboard recirculation button. I can hear the baffle open/close
when activated, with the sound coming from somewhere under the dash on the
passenger side foot area. Does anyone know specifically where this port is located?
Perhaps someone who has done a dash removal might know.
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Old 04-28-2016, 06:27 AM
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BTW, do you mind revealing "why" you're looking for the recirculation flap? A bit more detail as to what the issue is may help others direct you or make other suggestions or give tips if they've experienced the same thing. For what you wrote as of now...there's no evidence of any issue or condition. So do you just want to know where the recirculation flap (and the electronic actuator that controls it) resides?

Assuming you have the IHKA (automatic) and not the IHKR (manual) system...the flaps are controlled by electronic "stepper" motors.

In the diagram below of the IHKA system, the electronic motor that controls the recirculation flap is #6...and is located on the left (driver side on LHD vehicles):


Q {BMW CCA Member #191509}
2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)


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