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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-12-2005, 07:22 AM
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Wipers just went!

My fiancee just borrowed my car to drive to work today (its snowing pretty badly in Boston).. she calls me 15 minutes into the trip on 95... The wipers gave out... The appear to turn on, then they just stop...

Whats the diagnosis? Toast wiper motor? How expensive does this sound to get fixed?

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Old 03-12-2005, 02:48 PM
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My fiancee just borrowed my car to drive to work today (its snowing pretty badly in Boston).. she calls me 15 minutes into the trip on 95... The wipers gave out... The appear to turn on, then they just stop...

Whats the diagnosis? Toast wiper motor? How expensive does this sound to get fixed?

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anyone???
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Old 03-12-2005, 02:52 PM
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The dealer may be able to reinitialize the wipers. If they can't, the motors will have to be replaced as I believe the control module is integrated with the motors.
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Old 03-12-2005, 04:55 PM
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The dealer may be able to reinitialize the wipers. If they can't, the motors will have to be replaced as I believe the control module is integrated with the motors.

Which control module? The main ECM under the hood would need ot be replaced? or just the wiper motor? How expensive is this probably going to be?
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Which control module? The main ECM under the hood would need ot be replaced? or just the wiper motor? How expensive is this probably going to be?

The control module that operates the wipers. In earlier years it was a plug in to the fuse box. I would check to see if the wipers freely move - inticating linkage failure. Then I would check power - ie: fuses. Possible she broke the dash switch? Anyway, those are the easy things, beyond that a reset of the system like the previous poster said. If your not in warranty, save yourself 60% in costs at an Independent mechanic.

Cost SHOULDNT be too extravagant.
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[QUOTE=sna77]My fiancee just borrowed my car QUOTE]

well i don't know "exactly" what the problem is but...


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well i don't know "exactly" what the problem is but...


I know what you mean. My wife hasn't driven my last 3 cars because they've been manuals -- I don't have that dread every time she comes home wondering what might have happened
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I know what you mean. My wife hasn't driven my last 3 cars because they've been manuals -- I don't have that dread every time she comes home wondering what might have happened

Amazingly enough the fiancee can drive a manual pretty smoothly... she gets a bit, er confused by the bluetooth system though..
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