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Outside air smells with HVAC off/recirc

rsg123

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Jan 1, 2018
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Sacramento
The weather in NorCal has been mild for the past month or so and I have been able to drive with the HVAC off. In my ICE car, driving with the HVAC off with recirculate mode on causes most outside smells (especially diesel smog) to be kept out. In my late 2014 85, many of these smells/smog enter the cabin quite easily with HVAC off. Is this normal?
 

rsg123

Member
Jan 1, 2018
515
232
Sacramento
It was changed during the 50k service which took place just before I bought it about 4 months/6k miles ago.
Does air travel through the cabin air filter when HVAC is off?
 

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