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Thread: Is the cabin filter scented?

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    Default Is the cabin filter scented?

    Every once in a while when I turn the recirculator off and turn the temperature up over 72, I can hear the compressor get a little break and for about the first 3 or 4 minutes of the new temperature setting there's a really pleasant smell coming from the vents. I don't wanna say its cologne-like, but its not exactly cheap air freshner smell either. It's like a comfortable median. Are the cabin filters scented or something? (assuming they are, I'm guessing that the dealer-bought ones would be and not the store-bought aftermarkets)

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    Default yeah, mine smells like

    a wet dog


    Vee ave vays of dealing vid your kind...........

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    Default Thats strange, i don't remember wet dog, mine smells

    like old mechanic sweating out last nights thunderbird...



    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzkrieg Bob
    a wet dog


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    the new filter just hasn't strained out very many farts yet, it'll get better
    all america wants is cold beer warm cat and a place to take a poop with a door on it

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    Yep, mine smelled like dead funk til I changed it, no cologne in the new one.

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    They contain activated carbon so there should be no smell what so ever with a new microfilter........

    Bacteria can grow on the evap core or in the bottom of the housing if the drain is blocked........ and It smells WRONG!! (DEAD wet dog!.........Poo YUCK!!)
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    It could be ozone or anti-freeze that you're smelling. Which is probably not a good thing long term. Air fresheners use electrostatic discharges to create ozone(O3) molecules which make the air smell sweet, although it's toxic to you. And you already know what anti-freeze smells like. Neither of which is a good thing. I have not found a cabin filter that is scented unless your mechanic has a flair for the dramatic.

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    Sounds like you smell coolant and your heater core is in need of replacment.

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    the pleated white e32/34/36 filters are just paper

    Quote Originally Posted by Ausmpower
    They contain activated carbon so there should be no smell what so ever with a new microfilter........
    all america wants is cold beer warm cat and a place to take a poop with a door on it

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    Default Yep, every e34 that i've seen was paper only

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    Quote Originally Posted by winfred
    the pleated white e32/34/36 filters are just paper


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