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    Posted: 08-May-2003 at 22:12

I am just about to try and replace my Air Conditioning unit in my 1994 525i, I have a Bentley service manual, but it is for the American market, so when it says the microfilter is under the glove box on a American car can I take it is the same for UK or should I be trying under the steering wheel.

If anyone has done one before, is there anything I should be looking out for or have you any tips, I would be grateful for any help.

Regards John

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-May-2003 at 18:09

Just this minute finished changing my A/C Microfilter on my 1995 525iSE.  On RHD vehicles you have to go in under the steering wheel.  It's a complete bitch of a job and I understand now why BMW dealers tell you that they've done it when really they've just ticked it off as done.

When removing the old filter you will think at first that you can't extract it far enough to remove due to the steering column being in the way.  What you have to do is keep pulling on the bottom half of the filter element and it slides laterally leaving the top half of the filter in place (the top half of the element is attached to the bottom half using a kind of tongue and groove arrangement).  Eventually you'll have enough give to extract the element (you'll probably have to depress the clutch pedal too).  When putting the new element in slide the top half along the bottom half just enough to allow you to introduce it into its housing, once in and aligned just push it home and it will slide back to its correct position.

Have fun now, and give yourself a few hours to complete it.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-May-2003 at 21:16

Hi Gooseman

Thanks for your time and info, its sounds like I will have to put a Sunday a side and some bandages

 

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