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      10-30-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
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rubber infront of FMIC

what the hell is this lying in front of my stock intercooler:
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      10-30-2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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i know, forgot..

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HA!

looks like your weather trim for the top of one of your fenders under the hood.
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hmm, just went and looked, i dont see any missing? its blocking my intercooler, that's the last thing i need here in AZ...

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looks like your weather trim for the top of one of your fenders under the hood.
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hmm, just went and looked, i dont see any missing? its blocking my intercooler, that's the last thing i need here in AZ...
So are the leaves, haha.. i just took some pictures of mine, give me a sec.
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am i missing one here:
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Yep - should be right near your coolant reservoir.
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am i missing one here:
yup, the south one. see my first pic. there should be two. each side. they come off pretty easy. good thing you still have it. mine come displaced when i remove the cabin filter.
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BMW dealer probably did that as i don't mess with those..arghh. thanks
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Seems like as good a place as any to ask this question. Is there any way to clean the intercooler without removing the bottom shield? When I replaced my OEM one it was pretty dirty due to my exterminating.
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40* tip with an electric pressure washer while cleaning my car. Works good, no damage.
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40* tip with an electric pressure washer while cleaning my car. Works good, no damage.
I thought about trying something like that, but was worried about bending the fins. I'll try that on my removed OEM just to confirm.
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I thought about trying something like that, but was worried about bending the fins. I'll try that on my removed OEM just to confirm.
I do something similar and also have used compressed air, but find that a fair amount of crap just ends up clogged in back side of intercooler.

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Remove the IC and clean it out with compressed air from the REAR. Tap it firmly but gently against a hard, smooth surface (such as indoor concrete) to dislodge all of the sand that gets in there. Clean the dirt and scum build-up on the outside with diluted heavy degreaser. That stuff eats aluminum when full strength, so I usually dilute about 2:1 water/degreaser. Nothing short of a steam cleaning at a machine shop will get an old IC looking new again, but it will sure as hell be a lot cleaner with just degreaser and a soft brush. Temps may improve, too! I do this to racecar radiators, oil coolers, intercoolers, etc all the time at least once a season.
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good point about cleaning it, but i have ETS 5" waiting to be installed so i don't care much about cleaning the stock one...but i agree it was a pain in the butt to take out that weather trim..i also tried to clean it but without taking the entire bottom cover i don't think there is an easier way.
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