FAQs—BMW 535i GT XDrive
The AC in my BMW 535i GT XDrive is damaged, but I'm thinking about leaving it that way for a while since I won't need to use the AC anytime soon because it's winter. Are there possible negative consequences (aside from the absence of cooling in my ride) if I leave the AC non-functioning for a while?
While you may not need cool air inside your vehicle cabin during winter, the AC is actually not only for cooling. During winter, you will need it to defog your car windows and ensure that you will have full visibility in your snowy drives. Besides, leaving your AC non-functioning for a while might cause bacteria and mold to form inside the system, causing a foul odor and some health problems (hello, allergies!) the moment you run it next time. To keep the AC system in top shape, you need to run it regularly. Otherwise, when the summer month comes and you decide to have it fixed, you may find other damaged parts that will need fixing or replacing as well. This will leave you with more expense—not a practical option. Fix the AC as soon as possible.
It seems like my car battery is starting to wear out. I am beginning to experience starting problems, and I can see my battery looking like it's bloated when I checked it. I understand car batteries succumb to damage because of heat. Is there any way I can protect the battery from this?
There isn't much to be done about the outside temperature, but there's something you can do to ensure that your new battery will not die on you like the other one you had. When choosing the replacement, be sure the one you get is rated the same as the one it's replacing. You also need to ensure that your electrical system is in top shape—it can damage the battery if it's not charging properly (i.e. overcharging). Lastly, just keep the battery clean. Remove any dirt from its surroundings as dirt can drain the battery and cause rusting, which might soon speed up battery damage.
I'm planning to replace the weatherstripping in my BMW 535i GT XDrive, and this is the first time I will be doing this task. Can you give me some tips to ensure that the process will go smoothly and successfully?
When it comes to removing the old weatherstripping, you may encounter some that are held in place by screws; simply unscrew them and keep them for putting the new weatherstripping in place. The old rubber would have been installed with adhesive, and you will need to ensure that this old adhesive is totally removed before you place the new rubber stripping. A cleanser can be used for this. Adhesive will also be needed in installing the new part/s—apply a thin layer only. Be sure the weatherstripping you get is customized and designed for your ride to ensure proper fit and easy mounting. Upon installation, simply let the adhesive dry for a few minutes.