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Old 03-16-2009, 01:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile cleaning the air filters!

I have a 97 528i i was wondering is it possible to clean both air filters instead of buying new ones,and if so how do you clean them?
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You could shake out the bulky crap, but just buy a new one, it's cheap insurance and you'll get better mileage with a clean filter.
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Easy to clean them ... If you know the location, pull the cover carefully holding it from booth sides, remove the filter & clean it with air but not with water. You can also clean the AC filters (two of them are available normally). Try to clean them all, it is easy job.
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Since you mentioned both air filters, I assume you must be refering to the cabin carbon filters. Remove them (easy clip-off tops) and use an air-hose to blow them clean. Then put them back into the compartments, leave the tops open, run the air/fan on high in the car. Spray a disinfectant, like Lysol can spray into the two air filters and let the disinfectant flow into the vents. Helps with mildew and stale smell in your ac vents.

When I do it, I drape a large bedsheet over my leather seats, just in case the Lysol mist that blows thru' your vents stains the leather. I don't know if they do, but just to be safe than sorry.
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