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so foam comes out of ducts too?

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this is the exact same foam I've had in Saabs and Vw that shoots out of vents for years to come as it gets dry after 5+ years of car life.

Is this a big problem with a 1997? Turned the defrost vent twice and am getting good sized chunks!

Sad thing is Saab had this problem in 1986 and in 1998 with the same model. A car run of 12 years and they still didn't learn to change the foam material!


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What color is the foam? If it's charcoal, it could be coming from your vent in the interior. On a 986, it's a cinch to remove the vent so you can either remove or reattach the foam. The foam is supposed to secure the vent duct and direct airflow.

It is charcoal and coming from the vents. I'm assuming it an insulation in the vents like others cars I've had. You guys are saying pull the cabin filter and I can grab the offending chunk that way?

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I had this problem...

Just remove the cabin filter, stick you hand in there, and pull out as many pieces as you can.

I haven't had any funny fan noices since, and can't say I've missed having the foam either.


took the fresh air filter out today and saw the foam you mentioned. i took a small metal tooth brush and scrubbed what remained (and glue) from the side. I then vacumned it out.

I am curious if this solved your problem?

I cannot image that little spot produced all this foam that has been coming out. My experience with other european manufatures is that foam may line in the entire inside of the duct system...which means it could keep coming out forever!

So if you foam stopped shortly after removal of that foam under the filter, I'll rather optomistic!

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