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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 12-13-2012, 05:06 AM
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Rear wiper doesnt turn off?

Struggling to find any past threads, but I have a problem in that once Ive used my rear wiper, it never turns off again, and just keeps wiping intermitantly untill I turn of the ignition and 'reset' it. Works reliably like this, but its just a bit of a pain!

This is by pushing the wiper stalk away, which wipes and runs the washer jet motor while its pressed, then going onto this intermitant mode I dont seem to be able to turn off.

Up does intermitant, slow, and fast wipe on the front wipers.
Down is press and hold for main wipers.
Forwards is press and hold for front wash and wipe.



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Old 12-13-2012, 05:35 AM
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You didn't tell what year or model E36 you have, but since you're asking about a rear wiper I'm going to apply my psychic powers and say you have a touring.
I'd suspect it's the wiper control module that's the issue.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:55 AM
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Ahh, my apploges, I vaugely assumed they would all be the same. The car is a E36 compact. I shall fill in my profile.

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Old 12-13-2012, 06:43 AM
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Yup, for some reason the fest now blocks links to BMWfans.

Don, put it in a Tinyurl instead of a hotlink and it will post.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:34 AM
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Dissected the correct link out of the mess
http:// bmwfans DOT info/parts/catalog/61358369474/

Seems to be about 15 on ebay, im the UK, any confirmation on this being the issue, fixeable? Is it a known or common issue, or will I find one in a scrapyard? Is it easy to get to?


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Dissected the correct link out of the mess
http:// bmwfans DOT info/parts/catalog/61358369474/

Seems to be about 15 on ebay, im the UK, any confirmation on this being the issue, fixeable? Is it a known or common issue, or will I find one in a scrapyard? Is it easy to get to?


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If you're looking for guarantees from fee advice, you'll probably get your money's worth.

Seriously though, it seems the most likely culprit, then a sticking relay would be the next suspect, then the wiper motor. In both RealOEM and BMWfans it's just grouped in with a bunch of other modules without an exploded diagram of where it's located. I haven't had to replace one so I'd only be guessing the location.....
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