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DenaliXTC 09-09-2009 03:26 PM

DIY w/ PICS: Windshield Wiper Motor Replacement (how to fix commonly broken motor)
 
This is on my 2001 330ci

Ok so my wipers stopped working on me and it wasn't any fuses or relays. It had to be the motor. I got another motor and searched everywhere for a DIY and couldnít find one so I decided Iíll make one while doing the swap.

I am not responsible for anything that you do to your car; this is simply a documentation of how I did it in my car. If you screw something up or your car becomes damaged in any way I am not responsible Ė you are doing this at your own risk. If you agree than continue reading on.

Tools you will need:
-Flathead screw driver
-Torx 27 bit
-15mm socket
-10m socket
-13mm socket
-Ratchet
-Flashlight
-Adjustable or 15/16Ē wrench or 15/16Ē long socket

This took me about half hour to 45 minutes to do.

Start by opening up your hood and locating the windshield wiper arms.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture001.jpg

Youíll see a black rubber cap over the pivot point of each wiper. Use the flat head screw driver to remove the rubber cap to expose the 15mm bolt.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture003.jpg

Take your socket and ratchet and undo the bolt. Youíll need to wiggle the wiper up and down and back and fourth to loosen the ďinstallation elementĒ (as realoem.com refers to it) out. You can now remove the wiper arm.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture004.jpg

Next, undo the 3 rivets that hold the micro filter cover down (circled in red), and remove the micro filter cover. Also remove the wiper cowl, itís held on by 7 flimsy clips. Just pull on it gently and itíll snap out.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture005.jpg

Next remove the micro filter. (You can use this opportunity to clean out that area and replace the micro filter with a new one when reinstalling)

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture006.jpg

Now, get your torx 27 bit and remove the 4 screws (circled in blue). After the screws are out you can pull it out of its place and flip it over so itís laying face down. This way you can avoid taking apart all the wiring connected to the front of the micro filter housing.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture007.jpg

Donít put the torx driver down yet; youíll need it to remove the two screws that fasten a panel over the firewall. The screws on my car didnít remove from the panel, but when they were out of the firewall I pulled up on the panel and it came right out.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture008.jpg

This is what you should see. Youíll notice a connection harness circled in pink (no http://forum.e46fanatics.com/images/smilies/greddy.gifhttp://forum.e46fanatics.com/images/smilies/fruit.gif). These wires connect to the wiper motor.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture009.jpg

Back to where the wipers connect to the car. Take the 15/16Ē wrench, ratchet, socket or whatever you are using and remove the nut followed by the washer under it. Do this to both sides, obviously.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture010.jpg

Youíll notice the wiper linkage is loose.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture011.jpg

Now you can go ahead and unplug the harness attached to the wiper motor. If you did it earlier then its no big deal, your car wonít explode.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture012.jpg

Everything feels real loose and like itís ready to come out, but you have one more step. There is a 10mm bolt and washer way in there. Itís a pain in the ass, and probably the hardest part of this DIY. Youíll probably need the flashlight to find it. I tried to capture it as best I could in the following image. You can see in the second image down from here where the bolt is located. (Circled in yellow) Once you locate it remove the bolt. Now you can remove the wiper assembly.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture013.jpg

You may need to man-handle it out a bit as itís in there pretty tight.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture014.jpg

Here is the assembly out of the car and where the annoying bolt was holding the assembly in place.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture015.jpg

Next, youíll need to undo the 3 10mm bolts (circled in red) and the one 13mm (blue) to remove the motor from the assembly.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture016.jpg

After you do this, you can put the new motor on the assembly and follow the steps backwards to reinstall. When reinstalling the motor I tried to mimic the positioning of the arms in the diagram below taken from realoem.com. This helped ensure that when the wiper arms were attached back to the car they would swing up across the windshield, rather than down towards the engine.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/diagrams/s/o/221.png

NOTE: After removing my ďbrokenĒ motor and reinstalling my new motor I came across this posting (post number 3) and a few others. I understood how the motor turned on and off and after a little more research I decided to clean the grease from the disc in the motor. I decided to open up the motor by undoing the 4 clips (circled in green below) and see WTF everyone was talking about.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture017.jpg

Low and behold the disc inside was covered in grease. I took a rag and wiped all the grease off the disc (first picture below) and the two little brushes (2nd pic below circled in red) that contact the disc. I reassembled the motor, plugged it back into the car to see if it worked, and what do you know, it works like new. So before buying a brand new motor, open your existing motor up and give it a good cleaning and see if that solves your problem. It can also solve the problem of having your wipers stop halfway across your windshield.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture020.jpg

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...picture021.jpg

GOOD LUCK!

Dave 09-25-2009 06:41 PM

This is a great DIY!

If only it had existed back when I was hoping to do this job... to that car... with that part... haha.

Many330i 09-25-2009 06:49 PM

Nice diy - great job!

genuity 09-27-2009 09:24 PM

Awesome--thanks! :) Did you replace the grease you wiped off? If so, what kind of grease was it?

It also looks like you could have also replaced your cowl grille. I noticed cracks on the edges where it contacts the windshield.

Also, a note to add to those doing this, remember to mark the exact position of your wipers blades before pulling the blades. It's a PITA to get it back on to the right position. I used white out. There is a good DIY of the cowl grille here: http://www.bmpdesign.com/technical/t..._seal_leak.php

pish180 10-08-2009 10:25 PM

This needs adding to the DIY guide. Nice write up!

Jelly335 10-28-2009 09:26 PM

nice brandon. im about to do this..i check the fuses but there was no fuse that said for the windshield wipers. do you know what number it might be? thanks buddy

DenaliXTC 11-03-2009 03:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JELBMW330I (Post 10827619)
nice brandon. im about to do this..i check the fuses but there was no fuse that said for the windshield wipers. do you know what number it might be? thanks buddy

I don't remember, I think its a relay under the hood.

kkleinwi 11-05-2009 12:43 PM

I had a problem with my wipers not stopping in the full down position. This DIY was very helpful, but I have a few additional notes.

- To try to remove the wipers, I tapped on the wiper axles with a hammer while pulling up on the wiper. Bad move. The threads on the wiper linkage that poke through the cowl are plastic and I stripped them. I ended up having to replace the whole linkage. (Doh!)

- You can't remove (or install) the wiper linkage with the wipers in the down position. Run the wipers and then shut off the ignition when the wipers are in the full up position.

- Cleaning the motor did not solve the problem. Instead, I ended up having a bad wiper relay. Apparently it gets "sticky" and doesn't shut off quickly enough when the wipers reach the bottom position. In typical BMW fashion, the relay costs a way overpriced $25 (which is why I tried the motor cleaning route first).

DenaliXTC 11-05-2009 07:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kkleinwi (Post 10863025)
I had a problem with my wipers not stopping in the full down position. This DIY was very helpful, but I have a few additional notes.

- To try to remove the wipers, I tapped on the wiper axles with a hammer while pulling up on the wiper. Bad move. The threads on the wiper linkage that poke through the cowl are plastic and I stripped them. I ended up having to replace the whole linkage. (Doh!)

- You can't remove (or install) the wiper linkage with the wipers in the down position. Run the wipers and then shut off the ignition when the wipers are in the full up position.

- Cleaning the motor did not solve the problem. Instead, I ended up having a bad wiper relay. Apparently it gets "sticky" and doesn't shut off quickly enough when the wipers reach the bottom position. In typical BMW fashion, the relay costs a way overpriced $25 (which is why I tried the motor cleaning route first).

Thanks for the notes!!

///M3Turk 11-05-2009 07:41 PM

:eeps:

zp18zp18 02-15-2010 12:00 AM

I also did this procedure last year. I would like to add that I tightened the nut too tight and the spring on the bottom of the wiper arm rubbed on the windshield. When I finished the job, I tested the wipers and all worked OK. I had to wait 6 months until it rained in Southern California to see how they worked in the rain. Unfortunately the screech of the spring on my windshield had me pulling over in the rain to see what it was. I put black tape around the wiper and also some on the windshield to protect it. I ordered the "installation element" and will put it on this week. No more rain forecasted until next January.

RacerX_380 09-23-2010 01:54 PM

Great pictures. Thank you! One loose 16mm nut. Doh!

Nathan323i 10-12-2010 12:00 PM

Very useful - thanks. One comment - perhaps you already stated this and i missed it - but to get the arm assembly back in place, I had to move one of the arms out of the way by turning on the wiper motor and turning it off at "mid-swing". This helped tremendously - smooth sailing after that...

Hanu91 12-26-2010 01:26 AM

I also did this yeasterday and I have 320d 2003. The motor was a little bit different compared with the motor in pictures but cleaning the grease did magic! By the way you have to disconnect your car battery for a minute after you have put everything back because if you don't everytime you test the wipers fuse number 59 (30A) blows. There is some software that needs to be reset and to do that just disconnect the battery.

eric m j 12-26-2010 01:49 PM

can you replace just one end of wiper arm assy? motor works great but passenger end is loose - wiper parks 3 inches higher than it should

Custom3 12-26-2010 02:08 PM

i dont need to do this diy just yet but im sure some day I will...great job and thanks for posting.....also this should help those wanting to replace the windshield cowl.

Hanu91 12-26-2010 03:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eric m j (Post 12616213)
can you replace just one end of wiper arm assy? motor works great but passenger end is loose - wiper parks 3 inches higher than it should

If you mean that your passenger wiper stops in wrong place but otherwise works fine then you can fix the problem by taking the wiper arm away and then in the fastening point you can take the metal "ring" away from the arm. then just place the arm on the windshield in right position and put the ring back and tighten the nut. The "ring" is modelled as cone so you can tighten the wiper arm in any position (sorry my bad english:D)

eric m j 01-01-2011 03:56 PM

thanks for info- will try as soon as i can get in a heated garage -

TrickTizzle 01-01-2011 05:27 PM

Nice DIY!

e46newbieee 02-08-2011 01:06 PM

Pictures
 
I cannot see the pictures the instruction is referring to. Could you post them or tell me how I can see them? Thanks!


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