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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 12-05-2011, 07:50 AM   #1
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headlight washer

Hello to all! I am a new member,(I just posted in the new member introduction) I just picked up a 05 330xi the car has headlight washers, My question is how and when are they supposed to work? thanks
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:23 AM   #2
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They only work when the headlights on, every 5th time you pull back on the windshield washer stalk.

The washer motor is known to fail and uses a much higher pressure than the windshield washer motor. I replaced mine about 18 months ago. Sinple fix.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:22 AM   #3
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thanks, Hmm, every 5th time.... I will try that, does the car need to be moving?
is there a separate pump for each headlight?
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:33 AM   #4
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No car does not need to be moving

One pump for both lights and another pump for the windshield washers

On mine, I was able to hear the light washer motor running, but it failed to generate the pressure needed to open the jets. I bought a new one and all is good now.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:01 AM   #5
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Yup, what he said. It's like $18 for a non-OEM one off of pelican parts, works great. Make sure you replace the filter/grommet while you're at it. I replaced mine and promptly unplugged it because it made more of a mess and guzzled washer fluid than anything else.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:07 AM   #6
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I tried the washer again, after 5 pumps.... the drivers side started to leak washer fluid (alot) maybe if I can fix the leaking, the washers will work.
by the way, I have been driving with the headlight switch selector pointing to the left... is this correct? the headlight washer pump seemed to only pump with the selector pointing all the way to the right.
which headlight bulb is the low beam?
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:58 PM   #7
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I tried the washer again, after 5 pumps.... the drivers side started to leak washer fluid (alot) maybe if I can fix the leaking, the washers will work.
by the way, I have been driving with the headlight switch selector pointing to the left... is this correct? the headlight washer pump seemed to only pump with the selector pointing all the way to the right.
which headlight bulb is the low beam?
Turning the headlight switch to the left (counter clockwise) is the automatic function.
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:01 PM   #8
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The lights have to be on and after they cycle they won't come on again for 3 minutes.
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:59 PM   #9
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See my DIY ...

I wrote a DIY that might help you ...
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ferrerid=20999
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:20 PM   #10
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Question Left and Right Telescoping Arm Assemblies ?

Hi guys,

Ref: 2005 330i E46 sedan w/ winter (headlight washer) package

I'm new to E46's, but have lots of hands-on mechanical experience elsewhere so I jumped right in when my both headlight washers were not working.

Fwiw...... I heard the headlight washer pump working, but nothing from the headlight squirters, nor did either headlight squirter doors open.......so there must have been a loss of fluid pressure that opens the squirter doors. Investigation found the passenger side push-in hose telescoping arm plastic connection was seriously fractured.......probably due to plain water freezing in the plastic connector.

Strangely, with the above, my washer fluid container held fluid and my windshield washers worked fine and also held washer fluid without any leaks anywhere. I'm told the headlight washer pump allows fluid to pass through at all times and the only thing keeping the 5.3 liters of reservoir fluid from draining out the check valves in each headlight squirters.

If this plastic connector was all broken-up and virtually severed by water freezing inside it...... why didn't the 5.3 liters of windshield/headlight washer reservoir drain out on the ground ? Curious indeed.......but I can assure you the windshield washers worked fine for the past 2 months as I used them many times.

Moving on........

I pulled both headlamp assemblies out.... a real pain in the arse locating and removing the headlight assembly bottom two 8mm hex securing bolts.

At the headlight the squirter assemblies are in good working order. As mentioned earlier in this thread by dcon999, I blew through them with my mouth in the direction of fluid travel and the internal check valve would not allow my breath to pass through so as to keep the 5.3 liters of reservoir fluid from draining on the ground. But when I applied a air nozzle to them they allowed the pressurized air to flow from the nozzles easily. Good..... no need to buy new nozzle assemblies.

I looked at several on-line parts diagrams and chose RealOEM site.
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...61&fg=45&hl=12
...... and surprisingly nothing said "right" or "left" for the telescopic headlight washer arms.......so I bought:

A. Two (2) Headlight Washer Cleaner Telescopic Extending Arms......item #6 in this diagram.
Again.......no mention of "right" or "left". Kind of strange I thought........but maybe they were the same part as they both carried the same part #
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/attachm...3&d=1294763965

B. Three (3) hose connectors, just in case I broke some....... item #2 in the same above diagram.

C. Headlight washer pump...... item #4 in this parts diagram
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...83&hg=61&fg=45

This afternoon, feeling I had what I needed to make full repairs I removed both headlight assemblies, main fluid reservoir, both washer pumps (windshield & headlamp)...... degreased, washed and cleaned all surfaces... ready to reassemble. I lubed all "O" rings with silicone grease and their mating surfaces to ensure a proper and easy fit.

I started with the drivers (left) side and all went well until right at the end where I wanted to push the squirter assembly into the telescoping self-retracting arm....... problem. The new self retracting arm has a alignment female slot facing down ......but the old (original) squirter I took off the car had the alignment slot facing up. WTF ??

I couldn't believe my eyes. I again asked myself...."Is there a "right' and a "left" to these telescoping arm assemblies ? I went back to the parts diagram to see. No..... no "right"...... no "left"........but that's not what I had in my hands. Parts don't lie when you try to assemble them.

Also, the clips that lock the telescoping assembly into place on the bottom of the headlight housing were facing the wrong direction. Frustrated and certainly not having the right part, I simply removed the male protrusion on the squirter and
heated the plastic clips and pushed them in the right direction so they would "click" into their respective slots......and I installed the squirter assembly on the telescoping arm..... but all this certainly begs the question:

Is there a "left" and "right" to these telescoping self-retracting arm assemblies ?

Thanks for your thoughts and comments.

My best......... Mike in Maryland
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:53 PM   #11
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^No idea...did you select the right year and build date for your car? They changed stuff all the time.

You went through a hell of a lot of trouble for things that only make a huge mess and guzzle washer fluid. As I posted earlier, I repaired my headlight washers and unplugged them 5 minutes later.

I'm thinking about wiring them up to a switch inside the car so I can turn them on and off as I need them.
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:13 AM   #12
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Yes Sam..... right year and model selected.....but obviously something amiss.

No huge mess mate.....just doing things throughly and a I really like to check things out the first go-around so I know the state of things in the area.

5 min repair ? Perhaps......but you sure as hell didn't go over everything.

Thanks for the quick response.

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Old 03-17-2014, 03:51 PM   #13
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hey guys Ive been having the headlight washer issues as well. for me as it turns out .. it was a bad pump. ive changed it with a working pump but my problem now is the hoes wont stay in and connected to the pump. So sometimes it will stay in and some other time it comes out and i loose all liquid and its really frustrating. I have the small black clip that is suppose to hold it in place but it hasn't worked for me.. im about to just tape it togeather but i dont know how that is going to work.


so if someone can extend some help and some information... it would really really help.

thnk you.
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:48 PM   #14
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... but my problem now is the hoes wont stay in
Thread is about trunk latches now?


Seriously though, what about using a hose clamp or zip tie to keep it attached. Or maybe replace the hose and the new rubber will be more resilient and will stay on by itself.
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:04 PM   #15
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now is the hoes wont stay in
Hate it when dem hoes don't stay in.

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Old 03-18-2014, 01:18 AM   #16
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Thread is about trunk latches now?


Seriously though, what about using a hose clamp or zip tie to keep it attached. Or maybe replace the hose and the new rubber will be more resilient and will stay on by itself.
haha I saw it comming... i typed it out.. erased it, then typed it again.. figured it might crack a smile on someones face haha.

In anycase, I would use a hoes clamp or zip tie but the plastic that sits on the nozzle coming out of the pump is hard plastic and I am afraid if I tighten it with anything else it'll just break. I really don't want to have to get an entire new kit.


This is the part I am referring to is the colored part in the attached picture.
I've even resorted to putting gorilla tape around the pump it self so the cylindrical pumps radius is just a tad bit greater so fitment in the slot is a bit grippy_er_ish but still no luck =[ if it helps I can make a video and upload it. I feel as if i can't quite adequately explain my situation via words -____- English being my second language problems haha =] let me know
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