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Old 09-25-2004, 02:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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well, i was just starting to smell something not so nice coming off my A/C. i know it could be my microfilter or some molds or fungi out of the A/Cs condensate. i have changed my microfilter and sprayed a bit of Ozium antibacterial in the microfilter chamber.

it went away for a few weeks but came back. i began to wonder if my drain hose is clogged so i started looking for it. i found a rubber hose just behind where the clock and temp guage is but was too difficult to pull out.

i however noticed that unlike my other cars, there wasn't water dripping beneath my bimmer when i turned on the A/C.

so my questions are:

1. is the lack of water dripping normal or indicative of a clogged drain hose?

2. how will i take out the hose to check if it is indeed clogged?

any ideas, brilliant or otherwise :P are appreciated.
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well, i was just starting to smell something not so nice coming off my A/C. i know it could be my microfilter or some molds or fungi out of the A/Cs condensate. i have changed my microfilter and sprayed a bit of Ozium antibacterial in the microfilter chamber.

it went away for a few weeks but came back. i began to wonder if my drain hose is clogged so i started looking for it. i found a rubber hose just behind where the clock and temp guage is but was too difficult to pull out.

i however noticed that unlike my other cars, there wasn't water dripping beneath my bimmer when i turned on the A/C.

so my questions are:

1. is the lack of water dripping normal or indicative of a clogged drain hose?

2. how will i take out the hose to check if it is indeed clogged?

any ideas, brilliant or otherwise :P are appreciated.
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If you are in a high humidity area you will have condensation drain off when you shut off the A/C. If you Don't take care of it you will get water on the passenger floor and then the smell will really start. If you run something in and out you will release some of the clog temporarily. You will need to remove the retaining pan from around the core and clean it out.

Good luck. The Chiltons Manual at the local library will show you how. B)
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Get under the car with some compressed air, pump the compressed air through that drain hole and see if that clears it up.

I dunno, Don't rely on this advice
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