Vinegar Smell comming From Dash in 2003 MINI Cooper

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#1

A caller questioned a vinegar smell coming from the dash when the blower fan was running. Tom and Ray suggested that it may be the insulation or wiring for the motor but i feel they missed the big one. The Mini cooper has a cabin air filter that needs to be replaces every so often. I suggest this is the problem, the car was a 2003 and the caller admitted there was no local dealer so this would be something easy overlooked by a shop not familiar with the servicing MINIs.

#2

Yes I would go with the cabin air filter. I had just purchased a 2003 and the filter was in bad shape.I is easy to replace. You will see the cover for the filter under the dash on the RH side.

#3

Or fermenting leaves etc in the area under the air inlet in front of the windscreen.

#4

I had a 03 325i that did the same thing. It was the cabin air filter. Freakin burning wires? What a couple of dopes.