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A/ C Cleaner Spray Accident :(((

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by s3facelift09, Aug 15, 2014.

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    [Aug 15, 2014]
    This fortunately didn't happen on my S3, but on my girlfirends Peugeot 207, I hope that moderators would not mind this, because it's kind of an universal subject and it could happen on any Audi also..
    I opened the cabin filter housing that is placed under the bonnet beneath the windshield, and removed the cabin filter, the spray came with a 35-40cm long extention hose so that it can reach really far, in this case too far. Since I don't have experience with Peugeot's, I turned the car on, the A/C, and I started to spray the contents into the cabin filter housing, I put this long hose all the way in, and all of a sudden, I must have hit a fan, and it sucked the extention hose off the spray and pulled it in, in a milisecond. I heard some whining noises from the fans, I immediately turned them off, again gently turned them on, then off again, and on a couple of times, and the noise disappeared. Everything works fine, the AC, the inner air openings are fine, cold air coming normally. But this hose traped inside is bothering me, and I think that half a car should be dismantled to reach it. I cold my mechanic immediately and he said to leave it be, and even in a case that it was trapped around a fan, that it couldn't for etc. start a fire, that it would burn a fuse first, and not to worry. How do I take it out so that her father doesn't kill me? :(
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    Well, if I remember rightly, the fan is up behind the glove-box. If you can't hear it in the fan, it may have passed through and might jam a flap.
    Just give it a run and check all the vents work as they should. If it was still in the fan, I'm sure you would hear it.
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    What do you reckon, should I take the glove box off, and try to take it out? Is it a big problem?
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    Think I would leave it , it has probably settled in some dark recess , never to be seen again .
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    i bet you can't wait until that piece gets all dirty and has mold on it and stinks to high heaven not to mention the nice plastic smell when running the heater in winter. here's an idea: find a mechanic with a hose camera. it's a pretty common piece of equipment. once it's found then use the retrieval device. it's kinda like a colonoscopy and then snaring a polyp...you get the idea
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    Last night I tried to dissasemble the glove-box, with no success, I took nearly 15 screws off, and I couldn't get the damn thing off, it was so frustrating. There were no visible screws left, neither any other cover that could hide them underneath. I thought that I was pretty good in finding those secret factory covers that hide the dash screws, but not last night. It was almost 10pm so I had to give up trying and put everything back, thinking to leave it so for good. But today, when she drove the car, the piece of hose must have moved back to the fans, and the rattle sound came back. So I definitely have to dissasemble the glove box some time next week with my mechanic and see wether he'll be more fortunate, I hope. The thing is that when I unscrewed the 15 screws, maybe 3-4 were left that were holding the glove box, I felt like I need to unscrew them from inside the dashboard, that's like dissasembling half the car..
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    [Aug 17, 2014]
    Oops!
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    Problem solved, I did it myself. I unscrewed all the screws, there were none left, but I didn't remember the first time I did it that the glove box is also clipped in, and that when all the screws were out, that the glove box wouldn't just fall into my hands, I had to give it a good hard tug from the top, and it popped right out. There were also 3 jacks to disconnect before dismantling, the glove box light jack, air bag jack and something 3rd..
    Then, with glove box down, I took off a big pipe that connected the cabin filter housing and the main fan. And I immediately saw the precious hose sliced in 2 pieces. I removed it and the problem is solved now.
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    I do like a happy ending.
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