My BMW 533i has been with me for more than a decade and I could not ask for a better car. However, the leather seats are starting to crack and become dull. How do I condition the leather seats?
The abrasion coming from pent-up dirt is one of the biggest factors why leather deteriorates. Also, leather's natural oils are lost as time passes by; therefore they need to be replaced. If you neglect leather care, the surface will become brittle and cracks and fading will definitely become evident. Fortunately, there are plenty of leather-conditioning and cleaning products available in the market. They may come in lotion, spray, or wipe form. Before washing the seats, check first for cracks and holes and take extra care not to get the cleanser and conditioner get stuck in them. Also, vacuum and wipe off surface dirt first, or use a brush for a deeper clean.
What is the recommended maintenance schedule for the BMW 533i? What specific parts do I have to pay extra attention to?
Most vehicles require a fuel change every 10,000 miles or at least once a year. A trip to your local dealer for the annual tuneup will make it easier for you to keep track on what needs to be done. Use the annual tuneup as a calendar marker for the usual maintenance tasks such as the fuel change, oil filter change, tire rotation, tire replacement, and fluid inspection. Also verify if the tires are properly inflated. With regards to BMW 533i-specific issues, some users recommend inspecting the valves every 15,000 miles. The oiler-bar needs to be checked and adjusted every 15,000 miles as well. Parts to consider when working on a tune up are: transmission mounts, shock absorbers, calipers, belts, tie-rods, center-link, radiator, water pump, alternate bushings, brake rotors, brake pads, spark plugs, oxygen sensor, hoses, and fuel injectors. These parts are the ones that are usually prone to wear and tear. Also, give a round check of the transmission, suspension, cooling, and brake systems. Check if the batteries are clean and well charged. Ensure that the ignition system is working well and that enough spark is produced.
My BMW 533i frequently overheats. I checked the coolant reservoir and found no possible signs of leaking. What are the other causes that lead to this problem?
If there is no coolant fluid leaking, other causes of overheating are a damaged fan belt, a faulty thermostat, and a broken radiator. Another cause is that the vehicle's internal fan may already be faulty, or perhaps you're using the brakes too much, and this leads to undue engine exhaustion. Keep this in mind and aim to drive at a steady pace, avoiding constant acceleration and deceleration. Always keep a bottle of spare coolant in the car just in case; but never open the radiator cap while the car is still heated. Inspect all possible causes and determine whether there are parts that need to be fixed or replaced. It is best to take your car to the local dealer for expert attention.