Easy work around: cycle wipers so they are straight up. Turn off ignition at high point for wipers. Now you can safely lift off for changes and winter/freezing conditions.
Just don't forget to PUT BACK down to windshield surface before turning on ignition or you will damage something.
My garage: 2013 BMW 550xi GT, 2007 BMW Z4 3.0si Manual, 2006 BMW 530xi
Retired: 2007 BMW X3, 1998 BMW Z3
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