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Old 05-16-2014, 07:42 AM
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Exclamation smell fuel coming from vents

A buddy of mine has a 2004 R53 asked this question.

"Here is the situation ...cannot smell fuel in engine bay...do not smell fuel while driving with out any heater or AC on ...when you turn on the heating/AC you can smell fuel coming from vents ??????????????????? Any ideas suggestions?"
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:01 AM
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I recently had my car at the dealer for service, they changed the cabin filter. For a couple of days afterwards, the interior smelled like solvent whenever the HVAC fan was on.

I suspect the tech wiped out the filter housing with some kind of solvent rather than a water based cleaner, when the filter was changed out.

Has your friend had the cabin filter changed recently?

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Old 05-17-2014, 05:33 AM
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Thats a good thought Dave! If no odor is in the engine bay then how in the world could you get odor in the vent system?!?!

If you open the hood after driving with the engine hot and no smell hits you then it has to be something like that solvent.
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:51 PM
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Ended up being a loose spark plug!!! Be sure to check every other oil change or could strip out.
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:12 PM
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What year is your MINI?

MINI does not make oil changes easy and removing the shrouding on top of the engine is just another hassle for what should be a simple job, but I suppose better than striping out a spark plug hole!
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