Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog Tech Info Tech Forums
  Search our site:    
 Cart  | Project List | Order Status | Help    

Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes ShopForum > Technical Information and Support > Tech Help

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-03-2002, 02:25 PM
Posts: n/a
AC system smells of solvent!!!! E500

Hi All,
Heres a wierd one: I just changed (myself) the front brakes and flushed the brake fluid.
Everything works (or appears to) fine. However, since completion of the work, when I first start the car, the AC, whether cooling or heating, releases air which smells pungent, almost of Liquid Wrench.
Before the work, the AC was fine. Dont know how/ why AC and brake systems might share anything in common, but do know that the AC smells funny. Come to think of it, I did not remove the grey coating on the rotors at the time of the brake disc installation. At first I thought the smell might be of the pads burning off the coating.
Any thoughts? Thanks in advance
Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2002, 03:35 PM
jbaj007's Avatar
Registered User
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Posts: 2,053
If you used a power bleeder some brake fluid might have escaped through the little rubber caps over the level switches and squirted towards the cowl air inlet. If you did it with the "two man" method, the fluid sqirts up through the master cylinder fill opening if you don't cover it with a clean rag (or temporarily replace cap) between refills while bleeding, and it could have splashed up and over towards cowl. Could happen
The Golden Rule

1984 300SD (bought new, sold it in 1988, bought it back 13 yrs. later)
Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2002, 03:38 PM
Posts: n/a
thanks. yes, that does sound quite feasible!
guess ill have to wash the car and see if that helps!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2002, 07:47 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 962
I hope jbaj is right and you are smelling brake fluid. If it got into the fabric of the hood pad, that could account for it.

The more ominous option is that your AC evaporator is heading south and leaking on you. A funny smell from my AC vents was the first clue, followed by dripping AC oil from the AC condensate drain ...

Good luck!
'93 400E
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:02 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2011 Pelican Parts - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page