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Replacing the left and right seals entails disassembling the hood bar. and sliding the seals over the bar. Some have slit the seal to get it over the bar without disassembling the bar. Not a bad way to go. Also, getting those glued down and to stay down is a challenge. A search will reveal the different glues folks use.


If you disassemble the bar and its ends, take photos of how the wheel is and the cable around it. It is somewhat tricky to get it back correctly. You will also need a roll pin punch to get the pins out and back in.


There is also a small gasket thing in the middle of the trailing edge of the hood that you may look at. Again, take a photo of how that is on. Some get put back on in reverse.









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Is it safe to assume replacing these disintegrated seals will reduce cabin smell????

Well...it certainly shouldn't hurt. But it depends on what smell you're hoping to eliminate. One of the 2002's historic weaknesses -- in the unwanted smells category -- was the smell of raw fuel. In many cases, this cabin smell was coming from the trunk and not from under the hood.


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I think we are talking more of an exhaust/oily smell.   That being said I have my valve cover breather open, an exhaust that needs some help and all door trunk seals are shot.


All in all I think it would be surprising if it didn't smell.  Gotta start somewhere and just happens that I am in the area of the heater box which seems like it would draw rotten air from my engine compartment without good seals.



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Side seals:  replacements from Blunt (BMW parts) came already slit, and I was surprised when I removed the original ones from my '73 that they were slit too.  Interestingly the original ones on my '69 were not--but they were so badly disintegrated that I just pulled 'em off. 


Another source of engine room smell getting into your cabin:  the heater plenum chamber drain hoses, AKA "elephant trunks" or "duck lips."  They're supposed to have closed lower ends that will open when filling with water to allow the heater plenum to drain.  When they get old and hard, they remain open at the bottom (or fall off altogether) and allow engine fumes to waft into the heater and thence into your passenger compartment.  Check all three of yours, esp the center one, as it rubs against the bell housing.




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I really need to re-glue the gasket on the driver side of Hugo, as it's a challenge to get it to adhere well, especially when the paint was new.  I'll try again. 


And Bill, you really need to clean up your engine bay...looks kinda dirty! :-)

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