From digest.v4.n601 Wed May 15 18:34:32 1996
From: Jimmy Shrake <jim_at_austin.apple.com>
Date: Wed, 15 May 96 16:59:31 -0500
Subject: <BMW> Microfilter
I changed mine and boy was it GROSS! Black with even some leaves and it
was wet at the bottom, I assume from condensation. This is probably
where that barn smell was coming from that I noted on startup
occasionally. Air flow is greatly improved now. I believe it had 45k
miles on it. I found the whole thing to be pretty easy. I never would
have figured out where it is w/o the instructions though. If your miles
are getting up there, and this has not been done, do it!
I got the instruction on how to do it from:
Which were prepared by Jerry Skene. Thanks Jerry!
I have a couple things to add to them.
There have been two glove box styles on the E36 cars. On my car it was
not necessary to remove the kick panel.
It is also not possible (or necessary) to remove the two air vents and
screws behind them as it states the instructions.
I could not get my electrical distribution block out according the
instructions. Instead I removed three 8mm bolts which lets you move the
whole assembly out of the way. It was easy to do & put back.
Here is a BIG tip that I discovered previously. If you have ever removed
your glovebox and had trouble getting those little plastic screw caps to
go back on and look good, here is why. When you remove the glove box,
you will have six screws that appear identical. If you look real close
though you will see that two of them have a small lip on the head which
is to retain the little plastic cap. Make sure to use these screws in
the proper location and the caps work like a charm. This drove me NUTS
before I finally noticed the difference.
Austin, TX USA
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