May 26th, 2012, 05:33 PM
Hi. We have just purchased a 2004 Mini Cooper. The car is fantastic but has one quite annoying problem. Whenever the aircon is switched on, the drivers footwell gets quite wet. I've added a couple of pictures below to show where the water is coming from. I'm guessing there shouldn't be a hole in the casing? Any ideas whether it is possible to replace this part?
May 26th, 2012, 10:14 PM
There is small drain pipe for the condensation formed on the cold evaporator in the middle of the black plastic heater/aircon casing which then drains out under the car. You therefore need to block up the crack/hole shown in your photo that has been broken/formed in the side of the plastic casing, so that it once again only drains through the correct central drainage outlet.
I guess the hole was caused by an accidental impact perhaps from someones shoe/toecap!
To replace the heater casing even using secondhand parts is a big job as the whole dashboard/ heater assembly would have to come out to remove it......far easier to block up the hole by gluing/bonding on a plastic repair plate/ waterproof amalgamating tape or similar.
Diagram of heater casing:
RealOEM.com BMW R50 Cooper Actuator, heater and air condit. (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=RC32&mospid=48010&btnr=64_1148&hg=64&fg=45)
No.7 here is the condensation outlet hose which sits underneath the heater housing on the centre tunnel:
RealOEM.com BMW R50 Cooper Housing parts, heater and air condit. (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=RC32&mospid=48010&btnr=64_1145&hg=64&fg=35)
May 27th, 2012, 05:37 PM
Brilliant, thanks for your help. I will get a piece of thin plastic and I've got some epoxy resin in the garage somewhere which should do the job nicely!
Jun 7th, 2012, 12:57 AM
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