Common BMW Z4 A/C Problems
Although there are many causes behind BMW Z4 A/C problems, typical culprits include malfunctioning climate control, degrading air compressor or refrigerant leaks. Identifying the issue as soon as possible will keep it from getting worse while potentially lowering the repair or replacement costs.
Malfunctioning Climate Control
Some owners of the BMW Z4 have reported issues with the climate control. Replacing the majority of climate control components will require a total evacuation of an AC unit, typically through the usage of a recovery (refrigerant) machine. After the components have been reinstalled, a technician will extract all the system’s air so it can be prepped for recharging with fresh refrigerant.
Degrading Air Compressor
When the BMW Z4’s compressor fails, it is usually the result of warm air through the vents. Some owners have also reported a grinding or squealing sound, which often accompanies compressor failure. It is also an indication of a potential malfunctioning bearing, which may result in a disconnecting serpentine belt. The engine may then stall due to insufficient power. A technician can use specialized equipment to assess the pressure so that they can diagnose the part which is faulty. The electrical connectors, refrigerant lines or serpentine belt might need to be removed so the brand new compressor can be installed.
Refrigerant itself is harmful to the environment, and as such should not be released into air. Rather, a specialized device called a recovery machine is used for the protection of both the environment and technician. A/C system recharging should not be done DIY at home, since the products which are sold to consumers often have substances that might damage the recovery components. Additionally, in vehicles that have not yet made the conversion between R12 and R134a, the best time to perform the service is when the AC unit is already in the process of being repaired.
It must be emphasized that refrigerant is a hazardous chemical, not just to the environment but to anyone that comes into contact with it without protection. It can create serious skin burns while damaging the eyes if it is not correctly handled, and when discharged into the atmosphere will cause ozone damage. Refrigerant variants are subject to updates as time passes, and it is critical to know the proper type to use for your vehicle.
Most drivers won’t notice the refrigerant leak until a problem occurs with their air conditioner, namely an inability to blow out cool air. When the refrigerant leaks it may do so slowly over a period of weeks, months or possibly years. Every vehicle needs a specific amount of refrigerant so that its AC unit functions properly, and periodically the available refrigerant will need to be replenished. While it may be safe to operate the vehicle without sufficient refrigerant initially, eventually additional seals within the vehicle will deteriorate due to insufficient lubrication, which will increase repair costs.