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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 12-11-2013, 06:30 AM
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Cold weather question

Is there a need to do anything unusual to keep our X3 ready to go in winter. Note I mean, real cold, not typical winter weather, for instance, the last five days all have been below zero with highs only in single digits. Our X3 is not our daily driver, so it may sit for 3 a 4 days without being ran. I noted in the owners manual a comment about using a trickle charger. I do that know with some of our stuff and it really helps keep things ready to go, but curious what anyone in the northern area does. Thanks!
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:12 AM
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:50 AM
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o.m.g. single digit highs? Wow, that is "real cold"... you poor WI folks

My X3 has been fine in our -30C temps last week (that's -22F for the imperial folk).

Definitely second the battery tender though. My commutes are relatively short (~4 miles each way), and I get the occasional "Charge Battery" warning. Cold weather puts a lot of demand on the battery/electrical system.

I put the battery tender on overnight maybe once a week and it's fine.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:17 AM
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It goes without saying too to make sure your coolant mix is right so it is the lowest freezing point you can get. Along with a battery tender, a block heater wouldn't hurt one bit either.
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:33 PM
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It goes without saying too to make sure your coolant mix is right so it is the lowest freezing point you can get. Along with a battery tender, a block heater wouldn't hurt one bit either.
Can you get a block heater specifically for these cars?
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:29 PM
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Anyway, I decided I would hookup one of my battery tenders. Can I attach the tender to the + and ground under the hood? Or should I go directly to the battery. Or? I would like to leave it attached and just unplug the wire from the tender itself. I.E., use ring terminals instead of clamps that may become unattached and cause a short.
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:59 PM
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Yes, connect under the hood.
Not sure about the ring terminal on the ground point though, there's nothing to keep it on.
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Not sure what you mean by the "ring terminal". I attach to the terminal under the red flip-up cap and the nearby gray metal grounding post. Seems solid.
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:53 AM
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Not sure what you mean by the "ring terminal". I attach to the terminal under the red flip-up cap and the nearby gray metal grounding post. Seems solid.
How do you attach to the places you mention? Neither post is threaded. I used a large spring loaded clip sort of like a jumper cable clamp. It is what comes with a battery tender. But I would not leave it like that if I was going to drive the vehicle, could be a problem. By ring terminal I mean a round terminal that can be held on a post with a nut. Interesting; after about 3 1/2 days of not moving in sub zero temps (yeah, I know it is colder in Canada) I was getting a "charge battery" message.
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Old 12-12-2013, 01:55 PM
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Not sure what you mean by the "ring terminal". I attach to the terminal under the red flip-up cap and the nearby gray metal grounding post. Seems solid.
If I'm not mistaken, the BMW battery tender is a rebranded version of the CTEK charger in this pic, which comes with both clamps and ring terminals which can be disconnected from the charger (as shown)


If you use the ring terminals (secured with a nut), you can leave the ends connected under the hood and plug/unplug it from the charger... not sure how you would do that though since the posts aren't threaded.

I just use the clamps and take them off each time.

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Old 12-17-2013, 01:27 PM
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The gas line on my 2013 X3 froze in -30C weather and left me stranded until I got some gas line anti-freeze, so you may want to consider that. Keeping your fuel tank more than 1/4 full at all times will help prevent gas line freezing, but unfortunately I did not heed my own advice and got caught.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:35 PM
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The gas line on my 2013 X3 froze in -30C weather and left me stranded until I got some gas line anti-freeze, so you may want to consider that. Keeping your fuel tank more than 1/4 full at all times will help prevent gas line freezing, but unfortunately I did not heed my own advice and got caught.
Does your fuel have ethanol in it? That seems to have more or less eliminated the line freeze issue here in Minnesota and Wisconsin. 10% max.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:40 PM
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I've been running Shell Premium and it contains no ethanol at all.
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Old 12-17-2013, 08:14 PM
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I would add some de-icer then. YgggHEET or something similar.
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