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Removing BMW E36 Center Airvent . . . DIY!

22nd September 2008

Removing BMW E36 Center Airvent . . . DIY!

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If your car is like mine and has spent quite a long time without having the cabin air filter (please don’t even ask why), then I’m sure that your center airvent will be very dirty. Mine has tons of dirt and needs a very good cleaning as soon as possible. So, I decided to give it a clean up. The problem is that I don’t want to use air or water to clean the dirt from outside (front) because this will simply push the dirt inside the airvent deeper and it will come back again very soon after I turn on my air-conditioning. So, I thought the only possible way to give it a good cleanup is to remove the center airvent. It turned out that removing the center airvent is not as hard as I thought it would be. Basically, you will have to remove your radio and remove two screws that are holding the center airvent from below, then you’ll need to release a cable from under your knee panel. Don’t worry this is not hard either. After you do both steps, you will be able to get that airvent out then you can give it a very good cleanup.

I know that you’re waiting for a detiled writeup about this process, and I found a very good one for you, check here. It provides a detailed DIY (Do It Yourself) on how to accomplish this task easily.


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  1. 1 On September 22nd, 2008, ramli said:

    hello tony ,

    how to replace power window motor at drive side for e36 328i 1996 ?

    thanks and regards


  2. 2 On September 23rd, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    @ramli: I will dig into that for you Ramli. I will post something about it as soon as I find it.

  3. 3 On September 28th, 2008, Ken Edmundson said:

    Tony….That air filter is more important than we all think…..My a/c barely blew air when i got the car. I got bored one day (which is how most of my mods happen) and decided to check it out… may as well have been completely sealed off, replaced it and got plenty of fresh cold air. BTW, just blackedout my wheels, and found a head unit that matches the rest of the lights inside…will send pics when get them. Also picked the colors for the new interior, everything but the headliner design….will keep yall informed 🙂

  4. 4 On September 28th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    @Ken Edmundson: I will be waiting for that Ken. About the air filter, you’re right. If you decided to use the A/C without the air filter (like some do to enhance the blower performance), you will end up with A/C full of dirt which will prevent more air from cycling on the long run. I got my car without an air filter, I guess the previous owner didn’t think it is important at all.