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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 05-08-2015, 08:46 PM
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Air Flow Housing Tabs - all broke off

Oka......y.
So i took off my air flow housing and the box when i replaced the CCV and other good stuff. Now its time to put it back...sure yep..right.

All the damn tabs that hold that stupid unit to the firewall hole it turns in broke off. They were all brittle...it took no effort at all to push them over for a snap off. Now what?

sure go out on ebay and buy a replacement....sure why not spend $100 for a genuine bmw replacement...even the after market are not cheaper.

Jeeez.....the unit is in great condition....it is just these stupid tabs. Without these tabs...the
unit cannot be twisted into a locking and holding position in the hole in the fire wall. Guess what.....i will get exhaust, engine and other stinky fumes coming into the engine since this is loose now.

Damn it. Does anyone know what to do? Is there a work around to fix these damn tabs? Can you just glue the sh t out of this thing and press it into the hole in the firewall until it glues tight? Is there any solution? Can you use a damn glue gun and glue something on these tabs to replace the missing plastic that broke off. Damn it if i am paying $100 or even $80 or even $50 for another unit. I found one on ebay for sale for $28....guess what.....the guy selling it doesn't even know that two of the three tabs are broken off in this picture...what the heck will hold this thing tight? This is the reason i have the problem in the first place.

I guess this unit was taken out of my car by previous owners as i realized when i took it out it was loose and had missing tabs. Well i guess that explains why i had engine smells in my interior from time to time. Yep....this unit was not tight do to the tabs.

okay....Blue Bee.....John.....and all my wonderbemers...out here....have any of you run into this issue...with all the vids and diys on replacing the CCV, and other stuff with all the mention of removing this stupid housing unit,,,,,noone has mentioned this problem with the tabs when its time to put it back on. Wow....comon guys........there is no vodoo here...is there......what the heck is going on.

Does anyone have a solution where we can use the existing unit? Why not...other than the tabs it is in great shape....sure maybe the sponge also needs to be replaced...i also noticed the one on my left - passenger side is mising the gasket or seal that goes around it....and both sponges are worn....comon guys...this should be a #1 DIY for this unit as this surely is a problem with all cars that are 2000 now.

Anyone can help.....lets make this a prioriy thread.

I will be looking forward to all the gurus adding there expertise here.

Thank you.

Val Kinszner
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:52 PM
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Don't cheap out - buy some new ones, and be glad you still can for such an old car.
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Old 05-09-2015, 05:15 AM
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Ive never heard or this happening. I guess you got lucky on this one. I think I would go ahead and buy new ones. Cost of ownership.
Or zip ties and duct tape.
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Old 05-09-2015, 06:19 AM
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I have run into this problem before. Try twisting the duct into place as you normally would and then snap the duct into the air filter box-I hope all those tabs are still there. The duct should be solid at that point and sealed to the firewall. Take your time and try to get rid of all your frustration.

IMHO there is no need to buy replacements.

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Old 05-09-2015, 09:24 AM
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He said the tabs are broken off.
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Old 05-09-2015, 04:47 PM
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All the damn tabs that hold that stupid unit to the firewall hole it turns in broke off. They were all brittle...it took no effort at all to push them over for a snap off. Now what?:
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He said the tabs are broken off.
Yeah, Ed. If you reread that part of the original post, it is the tabs on the ducts that are located where the duct bayonets into the hole in the fire wall that are broken, NOT the ones that clip the duct onto the cabin filter box. My son's car has the same problem but when the duct I'd firmly clipped to the filter box, it also is firmly fitted to the hole in the fire wall. No bad fumes/smells/etc are able to enter the HVAC system with the ducts fitted in this way.
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