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      01-14-2015, 11:46 AM   #1
Bill B.
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Angry Leaves, leaves everywhere!

Of all the BMW's I've owned, I've never seen such a poor design regarding drainage and leaf accumulation under the hood.

The huge gap between the hood and windshield allows for all sorts of debris to collect in the inconvenient drainage guards at either corner near the firewall. I've resigned myself to having to clean out those areas rather often and live with it.

In a related event, last week the wife started complaining about loud vibration/noise when she turns on the front defroster. This of course, turns the blower fan on full blast, and the entire dash vibrates.

So, I remove the cover to the cabin filter and look down into the blower cage, and lo and behold, what do I find? Two mostly intact oak leaves and a few maple leaf pods!

I vacuumed out all the debris collected that MADE IT PAST THE FILTER! Funny too, the vehicle is due for its 30k service in a few days where the filter should be replaced. Looking at the filter it is pretty clean. Gee, I wonder why? If entire intact leaves can bypass it, pretty much everything else is, too.
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      01-14-2015, 07:46 PM   #2
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Indeed, our summer house is surrounded by 100 year old white pine trees. The pine needles find their way into the same area in a way that makes them nearly impossible to get out. I now cover the car when I arrive. I had to make a special vacuum attachment just to get them out, and you can never get them all.

I hear ya....
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