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DIY: Charcoal filter removal
Published by adr
06-04-2006
DIY: Charcoal filter removal

I have been reading the discussion in this thread (http://e90post.com/forums/showthread...=carbon+filter) for a while. Since no one post DIY yet, I decided to do it myself.


Here you go.
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By adr on 06-04-2006, 06:11 PM
Step 1

First, open the door.
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By adr on 06-04-2006, 06:11 PM
Step 2

Open the hood
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By adr on 06-04-2006, 06:12 PM
Step 3

And pull the yellow handle to open the hood
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By adr on 06-04-2006, 06:13 PM
Step 4

release the clip on both side of the intake chamber as indicated
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By adr on 06-04-2006, 06:14 PM
Step 5

Use a small flat head screw driver to release intake sensor from the intake box
and loosen the clamp screw on the flexible tubing
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By adr on 06-04-2006, 06:14 PM
Step 6

Loosen the bolts with 10mm socket
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By adr on 06-04-2006, 06:16 PM
Step 7

pull out the air box and loosen all 5 screws with a T-25 Torx screwdriver.
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By adr on 06-04-2006, 06:17 PM
Step 8

Open the air box.
Cut the carbon filter.
The result is like this.
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By adr on 06-04-2006, 06:17 PM
Step 9

Use sandpaper to smooth the surface on the cut area
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By adr on 06-04-2006, 06:18 PM
Step 10

Take a break. Repeat as many times as needed
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By adr on 06-04-2006, 06:19 PM
Step 11

Carefully clean the air box. You donít want any particle sucked into the engine. And assemble the air box.
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By adr on 06-04-2006, 06:20 PM
Step 12

Reverse the step 1-6 and you are done.
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By adr on 06-04-2006, 06:26 PM
Post removal:

I found the engine runs smoother and revs faster. The hesitation between 1500 to 3000rpm is greatly reduced to none. The engine sounds a bit more clear and (just a bit) louder under heavy acceleration.
Last edited by adr; 06-07-2006 at 12:48 AM.
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By EOE90 on 06-04-2006, 06:51 PM
is that k&n air filter?

if so should i go pick one up before doing this
?
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By adr on 06-04-2006, 07:02 PM
It's up tp you. You can stay with stock filter. I use K&N because it is easier to clean and save money in the long run.
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By EOE90 on 06-06-2006, 06:48 PM
hey does this void the warrenty or anything?
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  #17  
By windnsea00 on 06-06-2006, 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by austinswinchell
hey does this void the warrenty or anything?
If you happen to have an issue that relates to the air flow I could see BMW stating that the air filter setup had been modified in a way not approved by them. Not sure but it's a possibility. I think euro BMW's may not use these filters (at least the E60 M5).
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By RGRAY on 06-06-2006, 10:28 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by adr
I have been reading the discussion in this thread (http://e90post.com/forums/showthread...=carbon+filter) for a while. Since no one post DIY yet, I decided to do it myself.


Here you go.
Thank you very very much.
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By Asiann on 06-06-2006, 10:40 PM
You have to clean it based on where you live. If you live in a dusty area you will have to clean it more. Maybe inspect every 7-10k. The oil solution used to trap particles can and will get dirty so clean or inspect every now and then. Your filter should look pink and if it is no longer pink, then you need to go and get a recharge kit from any auto store and clean it. Just make sure not to over spray the final solution or you can damage the MAP sensor. People have this problem all the time so be careful.
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By JIMD1709 on 10-05-2006, 08:31 AM
After doing this DIY, I have added an observation. Once you cut the filter out there is a very rough syrface, and it's COVERED in black charcaol dust.

I removed the MAF sensor from the airbox.( Just two #20 tork screws) BE CAREFUL with this part, it's fragile!! Then I used a dremel to smooth all the rough edges. Sandpaper will work too, but a dremel is faster.

Whether using sandaper or dremel it will create a TON of dust. I then washed the entire airbox, and let it dry completely. (this is why I removed the MAF sensor)

It's an easy mod, and the combination of adding a K&N filter, plus this mod, added a very noticeable improvement in throttle response, trust me. As for HP, probably not much, but it's still worth doing since down the road having that stupid charcoal filter in there will definitely cause airflow restriction since it's not replaceable!! It's almost like having two air filters, a poor design IMO. But, I guess a few states (CA for example) were concerned with vapors escaping into their precious atmosphere when the vehicle is turned off!? We have greater air concerns, believe me! OK, off my soap-box.
Last edited by JIMD1709; 10-05-2006 at 08:57 AM.
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  #21  
By tiga901 on 10-06-2006, 12:12 AM
Thanks for DIY....very detailed and straight forward!!!
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