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      08-06-2016, 04:09 AM   #23
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Cool, going to hold to the appointment I think
Any updates ???
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Actually yes. I went down to the shop and they checked the drain and it turns out it was clean and not clogged. However, they discovered that the drainage hose is NOT connected to the evap box in the car and that's what is causing the smell is a little bit of moisture left in there that's not draining. However, it sounds like an expensive fix to reconnect that hose (mainly labor and getting access to it) so I'm going to let it be unless it gets worse (it's not THAT bad, I make sure to blow out the vents after use anyway). As of now I've never noticed any sort of moisture on the carpet or anything like that so I will have my fingers crossed.

Anybody know a process to reconnect that hose to the box?
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Anybody know a process to reconnect that hose to the box?
Maybe just try another shop. Sounds like they did not want to deal with this repair.

Normally you can get to the evap drain tube by removing the underside of the dash. Or maybe just by pushing the drain tube back into the car - from underneath the car(using jack stands).
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Maybe just try another shop. Sounds like they did not want to deal with this repair.

Normally you can get to the evap drain tube by removing the underside of the dash. Or maybe just by pushing the drain tube back into the car - from underneath the car(using jack stands).
The underside of the passenger dashboard right?

I have to admit, was really pissed at the fact I was charged $200 in labor for them to not fix a single thing. But they did figure out what the problem was so it's not a total loss.
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The underside of the passenger dashboard right?
Yep. The evap drain is probably more closer to the center of the passenger's feet area. Maybe slightly to the left of center.


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I have to admit, was really pissed at the fact I was charged $200 in labor for them to not fix a single thing. But they did figure out what the problem was so it's not a total loss.
Wait ? WHAT ??? They charge you $200 just to look at your car? Are you sure they didn't reattach the evap drain ? What did they do for $200 ? That is some bull.

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The "funky" smell I get in my car doesn't smell particularly bad but it does smell like wax from Crayons or something, at least, according to my kids, but now I can't think it smells like anything but wax.

In any case, I may have to try something to modify the way my car smells. \_(ツ)_/
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I've used something similar, it worked great for summer, but now it smells really bad when I turn on the AC.
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The "funky" smell I get in my car doesn't smell particularly bad but it does smell like wax from Crayons or something, at least, according to my kids, but now I can't think it smells like anything but wax.

In any case, I may have to try something to modify the way my car smells. \_(ツ)_/

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I've used something similar, it worked great for summer, but now it smells really bad when I turn on the AC.

You guys need to look at your evaporator drain(under the car near the center "hump" (on each side of the "hump"). Make sure those drains are clean and can drain water from your evap.

Also get a product that is designed for car's to kill smells and bad odors. Getting a black light isn't a bad idea either to see where the odor "sources" are. Kids can bring all sorts of goodies into a car.

ACDelco 10-8027 Vehicle Odor Eliminator - 32 oz Spray
https://www.amazon.com/ACDelco-10-80...+spray+service

Meguiar's Whole Car Air Refresher Odor Eliminator
https://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-Whol...dor+Eliminator
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The "funky" smell I get in my car doesn't smell particularly bad but it does smell like wax from Crayons or something, at least, according to my kids, but now I can't think it smells like anything but wax.

In any case, I may have to try something to modify the way my car smells. \_(ツ)_/

Do you know what hot coolant smells like ? Could be a leaking heater core(which is rare in BMW's) or a leaking hose(more common). Was your dash ever removed, for say an evap replacement - or airbag replacement ???

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Do you know what hot coolant smells like ? Could be a leaking heater core(which is rare in BMW's) or a leaking hose(more common). Was your dash ever removed, for say an evap replacement - or airbag replacement ???

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I'll have to check the maintenance history. We just got this car in October but I think I remember seeing that it was serviced to address an air bag recall.

The smell doesn't smell like coolant but I can check the coolant level to see where it's at next time I'm under the hood. I did add a little bit when we got the car so if it's dropped any that may be a good indicator. Thanks!
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I'll have to check the maintenance history. We just got this car in October but I think I remember seeing that it was serviced to address an air bag recall.

The smell doesn't smell like coolant but I can check the coolant level to see where it's at next time I'm under the hood. I did add a little bit when we got the car so if it's dropped any that may be a good indicator. Thanks!
The 135i's eat coolant from time to time... so don't worry about that. IF you shut off the engine when it's been run hard... the coolant does seem to evaporate, from cooling the turbos.

The reason I asked IF you know what hot coolant smells like is bc most people don't. It usually smells sweet to most people.

Best thing to do is get a coolant pressure tester... pump it up on a cold engine and come back in a few hours to see IF the pressure has gone down. IF it has, then you can move on in your diagnosis.

Any dealer can also look up the warranty work... IF it was under two years ago... replacement parts still have a warranty(with labor!) if replaced at a BMW dealer.

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The 135i's eat coolant from time to time... so don't worry about that. IF you shut off the engine when it's been run hard... the coolant does seem to evaporate, from cooling the turbos.

The reason I asked IF you know what hot coolant smells like is bc most people don't. It usually smells sweet to most people.

Best thing to do is get a coolant pressure tester... pump it up on a cold engine and come back in a few hours to see IF the pressure has gone down. IF it has, then you can move on in your diagnosis.

Any dealer can also look up the warranty work... IF it was under two years ago... replacement parts still have a warranty(with labor!) if replaced at a BMW dealer.

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Luckily, the previous owner (first owner) got the car in Tallahassee and has had it serviced here before we got it so they literally have all its work history, which is fortunate.

I'm actually impressed by their level of service as they were very accommodating when we had questions before we bought it. There is an issue with the windshield seal around the rearview mirror so I'll see if they can look into that as well.

To be honest, I was a bit concerned about getting into a BMW since I've been a lifelong Honda fan but, other than the special Torx tools, it's not too bad to work on from what I've watched in several YouTube videos. In fact, after changing the oil and cabin air filter, I'm looking forward to doing some work on it...but, you know, not wishing for my car to break down. lol
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I use Wurth foaming Evap cleaner.

You spray it into the drain tube. It foams up and fills the evap housing. About 5-10 mins later, the foam breaks down back into a liquid and runs back out the drain tube, bringing all the dirt/contaminants with it.
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i've got a funky smell when the fan is on, i.e. the ac is off but the fan is blowing cool air and then i receive a funky smell. when the ac is turned on, the smell goes away. maybe just change the pollen filter and see from there?
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i've got a funky smell when the fan is on, i.e. the ac is off but the fan is blowing cool air and then i receive a funky smell. when the ac is turned on, the smell goes away. maybe just change the pollen filter and see from there?
Sounds like a leaking valve cover to me... check your valve cover for leaks by removing the upper cover. Look on the passenger side of the VC and also in back around #5 & #6 cylinders.

Might be a good time to replace your pollen filter too.

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Sounds like a leaking valve cover to me... check your valve cover for leaks by removing the upper cover. Look on the passenger side of the VC and also in back around #5 & #6 cylinders.

Might be a good time to replace your pollen filter too.

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I've been thinking this might be why I get a smell in my new-to-me 135i. PO had mice, after cleanup including Ozone Generator, and shop inspection reporting no further signs of mouse damage, it came back and I decided it smells kinda like burnt oil. Shop had found a small oil leak at the valve cover gasket, and will replace gasket tomorrow (and valve cover if it's got any issues). Hope that cleans up the smell.
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I've been thinking this might be why I get a smell in my new-to-me 135i. PO had mice, after cleanup including Ozone Generator, and shop inspection reporting no further signs of mouse damage, it came back and I decided it smells kinda like burnt oil. Shop had found a small oil leak at the valve cover gasket, and will replace gasket tomorrow (and valve cover if it's got any issues). Hope that cleans up the smell.
I think I would just buy a new plastic valve cover instead. They tend to crack over time. A new VC with VCG runs around $400. I think when you order the new VC it comes with the gasket - but ask your parts specialist. I know that's a lot... but its the only way to really repair an oil leak from the VC area.


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I'm going to clean off the evaporator this weekend. I plan to remove the blower motor and spray the evaporator down with foam. After that's all cleaned out, I think I'll use an aerosol bomb to disinfect the vents.
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I'm going to clean off the evaporator this weekend. I plan to remove the blower motor and spray the evaporator down with foam. After that's all cleaned out, I think I'll use an aerosol bomb to disinfect the vents.
You could do it the easy way and spray the foam from underneath the car. Just look for the rubber evap drain - and use the spray bottle's hose to get up in the evap box.

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You could do it the easy way and spray the foam from underneath the car. Just look for the rubber evap drain - and use the spray bottle's hose to get up in the evap box.

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I'm worried about just spraying blindly up the drain hose. Has anyone had any bad experiences doing this? I don't want the foam overflowing and running out anywhere.
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