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Old 07-14-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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Front windshield trim replacement

Hey guys,

I just bought a new front window trim piece and I didn't want to but the removal tool, what other ways can I remove the wiper arms with out messing up my glass?

I tried to search and didn't come up with much, but I know there was a diy out there.



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Old 07-14-2012, 02:53 PM   #2
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Pretty sure Delmarco has a DIY on the windshield cowl replacement (which is what I think you mean?).

Just Google "e46 windshield cowl DIY" and I'm sure you'll get something. If that's what you're looking for.
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Old 07-14-2012, 02:54 PM   #3
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Get the removal tool, i paid for mine like $14 and it works awesome, makes the job much easier
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Old 07-14-2012, 02:56 PM   #4
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Its pretty much like a pulley puller right, anything special I need to know?

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Old 07-14-2012, 02:59 PM   #5
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yeah, i have this kind http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pro-Wiper-Ar...item19cf3973f9 and it works great
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:13 PM   #6
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I picked up a battery terminal puller at my local auto parts store to do this. Worked great and only cost a few bucks.
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cool I will try that tomorrow, I didn't buy it because I didn't want to wait for shipping

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Old 07-14-2012, 10:58 PM   #8
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Since when did you need a tool to replace your windshield cowl? I replaced mine in about 15 minutes. The wipers are held in by a nut. After the nut is removed wiggle and pull up. Use your HANDS to pull the cowl up. Here is a DIY http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1334705 oh and you don't need to take the ventilation filter box all the way out, just enough to snap the new cowl in place.
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^The tool isn't to pull up the cowl, it's to help help pull the wiper arms up. My wiper arms wouldn't budge by hand - and believe me I tried- so I picked up the terminal puller. I figured it was cheaper and easier than having to replace a wiper arm if it ended up breaking or bending from pulling on it.
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:50 AM   #10
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Thanks for the DIY Link! A must do on my new, old M3 vert.
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^The tool isn't to pull up the cowl, it's to help help pull the wiper arms up. My wiper arms wouldn't budge by hand - and believe me I tried- so I picked up the terminal puller. I figured it was cheaper and easier than having to replace a wiper arm if it ended up breaking or bending from pulling on it.
Spay some PB on it. Let is sit for a few hours. Move the wiper arm up and down while wiggling it. Mine was seized up too.
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:18 PM   #12
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Where did you buy the cowl trim piece? Need to buy one asap.
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Tried to pull mine today and the wiper arms are on pretty tight so I might try spraying sone lube on then and let them sit and see if thats Doesn't help.

Im pretty sure I got the cowl from Bav auto, want to say it was like 75 shipped to my door


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Took mine off the other day to clean them up and paint them (small rust spots), came off no problem at all.
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hey guys i am a little new to this and new to owning a bmw, i resently do the cowl swap on my 325, the only problem is a previous owner lost one of the pressure washers that go in the arm. do you know where i can get a new one
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gerbs...realoem.com for PN...bmaparts for cheap parts...or any number of other places. Bavauto and Pelican will have what you want, but I expect a dealer won't be much more expensive.

I thought we all had squirters from the hood...guess not.
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gerbs...realoem.com for PN...bmaparts for cheap parts...or any number of other places. Bavauto and Pelican will have what you want, but I expect a dealer won't be much more expensive.

I thought we all had squirters from the hood...guess not.


i looking for the piece that isw pressed into the arm itself that you need to use the tool to help pull the arm off. for some reason my passenger side is missing that so it does work when using the wipers. its the ppiece right under the nut that holds on the arm
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Oh...'that' pressure washer. Got ya!

Hang on...brb with some help I hope!

#5...get PN...call dealer for part--probably a special order item, but maybe they have it.
http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...65&hg=61&fg=45
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