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Old 02-17-2012, 12:01 PM   #1
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Need help getting wiper arms off.

Even though I have done quite a few mods on both my cars, getting the wipers off my 2002 E46 has me stumped. I have read both of these good DIYs (http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=373451 and http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...ht=microfilter). Here are the tips on how to remove the wipers once the bolt nut is taken off. These are taken from posts on e46Fanatics and all say you don't have to use a gear puller (I don't have one). Also, I have jiggled, lifted, pressed and nothing works to get the pressure nut to pop.

#11..."Under the nut is an aluminum cone-shaped serrated "thing" that is called a "washer" with xxx in.lbs stamped on it. It's ok to use gear puller but you don't have to -- just push the arm down flat and pick-wiggle the cone-shaped thing up, and then push down and up again on the arm"
What does he men by pick wiggle?

#15..."helpful to raise your wiper arm a little at the spring-loaded connection point, as the spring action tends to put the wiper arm in a bit of a bind with the shaft that it's attached to."
Isn't this just the opposite of flattening the arm? I've raise the arm slightly and jiggled and nothing happens

#17..."to pull that metal screw the trick was to push the wiper down and it flexes on its own start jiggling it."
I've pushed down on the wiper and jiggled and nothing happens

#19..."There is an easy way to take off the wiper arms without any tools. Just press down on the spring on the wiper arms and the bolt configuration and it comes up slowly. So in short, take off the cap, use a 15mm to take off the bolt, then press on the spring and the configuration comes up."
By saying pressing down on the spring, does he mean press down on the part of the arm that has the spring so that you attempt to flatten the wiper and that this will raise to whole pressure nut/wiper assembly. I think he does, but when I do it nothing happens.
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Old 02-18-2012, 02:45 AM   #2
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Have you used some plusgas on the spindle to loosen the stuck on arm?
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Old 02-18-2012, 03:15 AM   #3
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Push down on the arm towards the glass then gently tap the main bolt with a small ball peen hammer. You should see some results.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:14 AM   #4
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Thanks, will try later this weekend.
I have sprayed DW40 on the bolt/pressure nut assembly, but haven't tried to loosen the wipers yet. Also, on another forum, they suggested that while pressing down on the arm, that I should also move the arm upwards as if it is wiping.
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:14 PM   #5
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major PITA. try to wiggle it while applying pressure on the bolt
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:26 AM   #6
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Thank you and success. After having failed on the first try, I sprayed on some DW40 after the nuts was removed and came back again two days later. Removed the nut and tapped on the bolt with a solid rubber mallet, pressed down on the spring section of the arm while jiggling upwards, and up pops the silver pressure nut. Don't know if the DW40 helped or if was the pressing down while jiggling or a combination of both, but I am now a happy camper.

The only other sticky part was that although the cover was easily pulled out from its clips, it got hung up on the middle bolt and I had to remove just the filter housing cover (easy enough) to get it off.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:50 PM   #7
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I think you mean you used "WD-40" not "DW40". Sorry, I'm real anal and OCD.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:05 PM   #8
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I think you mean you used "WD-40" not "DW40". Sorry, I'm real anal and OCD.
Thanks. You're not the only one
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Old 05-21-2013, 02:03 PM   #9
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Need help getting wiper arms off.

Is the spring section difficult to get back on? I'm about to attempt this so I'd like to be able to put my car back together when done.


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Old 05-21-2013, 03:26 PM   #10
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Is the spring section difficult to get back on? I'm about to attempt this so I'd like to be able to put my car back together when done.


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Don't quite remember how it all went back together, but I do recall that the info here was right on and putting things together was no problem. Just follow the info. Good luck.
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Need help getting wiper arms off.

Great thank you.


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