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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 05-19-2013, 03:42 PM   #1
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Weird wiper problem

Hi guys,

I've already done some searching but I didn't see anything that directly portrayed to my problem. I have a 2002 330xi, and I recently put new OEM wiper blades on it. For some reason now the wipers will go about 1/5 of the way up the windshield and stop. They will stay in this position no matter what setting I put the wipers on.

Any suggestions on how to fix this?
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:17 PM   #2
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Have you popped the arms off to see if it works without the arms on? To see if the stalks rotate...
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:49 AM   #3
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I haven't tried that, I'll check tomorrow and keep you guys posted.

Thanks for the reply!
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:09 PM   #4
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Weird wiper problem

Couldn't get the arms off because I don't have a gear puller. But I used some WD40 on the bolts, cleaned the windshield well and have the arms some gentle encouragement to move and they now work... ish. They move but stop in the upright position instead of the down position when they move.


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Old 05-20-2013, 06:14 PM   #5
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It almost sounds like your wiper motor is shot... OR... The bolts that hold the wiper arms down are stripped or something. If/when you take the wiper arm nuts off... You can try prying up using a small block of wood and a big screw driver. That probably will make a few people go but if you do it carefully... You don't need a gear puller. Just watch out for the aluminum insert in the base of the wiper arm. They tend to fly off when the arms pop off.

Have you tried using the wipers with water on there for lube? Or washer solvent? I'm probably reaching there but you never know...
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:21 PM   #6
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Ok thanks for the advice Big Rick. Don't think the motor is shot as the wipers are now moving. But I think I need to change the stop position so I'll have to take the arms off anyways.


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Old 06-12-2013, 02:17 PM   #7
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All fixed update!

So I managed to fix the problem, followed this DIY guide (http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=704507) to get the wiper motor out. Photo credit to DenaliXTC for the next step: next I removed the centre nut on the motor to detach the arms from the motor (pink circle). I did this because the first thing the motor wanted to do was move the wipers down and I wanted to change this. I then repositioned the arms into the downward position and reattached the middle nut and bar (orange box shows the new position).



Putting the motor back into place was a little bit of a challenging so I recommend that anyone taking the motor out should make sure when they are putting it back in it is in the up part of the cycle. But I put it all back together and it works perfectly. So if anyone's motor is still working you can fix it without having to buy a new one.

Thanks to all who replied to my first post! Here's what the car looks like taken apart



First time inserting images in a post so hopefully this works!
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