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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-04-2008, 11:51 AM
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Washer Fluid Low

Hi,

Ok I have a problem with my washer fluid, keeps running out really quickly, I take it this could indicate a leak !!! Keeps telling me washer fluid low after like a day or two ??!?!

Any advice how & where to start (yeah yeah i know the washer fluid tank would be a good place!! ) I have checked the fluid tank and all seems ok, although it is hard to see !

Any advice comments would be great !

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Old 01-04-2008, 11:55 AM
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have a look at the washer pump seal it's possible that it's gone bad, and it's located on the bottom of the bottle.
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Old 01-04-2008, 12:24 PM
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fill it up, and then lie down under the car for a while with a beer. Do not spill the beer. It could give a false indication of a washer fluid leak.
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Old 01-04-2008, 12:45 PM
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fill it up, and then lie down under the car for a while with a beer. Do not spill the beer. It could give a false indication of a washer fluid leak.
make sure you have your eye gargle and something to cover your beer.
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Old 01-04-2008, 12:47 PM
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same happens here, I changed the pump and seal as well... without using the fluid, it stays in the tank... overnight, if it is really cold, I wake up to find a nice lil' blue puddle of snow in the driveway. FUN STUFF!
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:08 PM
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I've had this issue too, and it's been written about in a few places on this board if you want to do a search. But if you haven't already, you'll need to jack up the car, remove the front passenger wheel, remove several of the plastic plugs of the wheel well covering, and peel it back to expose the tank--you don't have to remove the whole thing. If the tank is intact and undamaged, it can only leak from two places--the seal around the pump and the seal around the low level sensor. I would remove both of these, drain the tank and flush it, and then clean and inspect the pump and sensor and the seals. Replace the seals if necessary.
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Old 01-04-2008, 05:52 PM
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hey guys, appreciate all the comments !

Sounds a bit more tricky than expected.......will have a look on Sunday and let u guys know the outcome ! My water pump went recently wonder if that has had an effect on it ??
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Old 07-29-2008, 05:15 AM
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I have a problem with a false low washer fluid indicator. My tank is full with washer fluid, yet after a few minutes of driving it will come on. It has been doing this for about a week now. Any suggestion as to why this is happening. Help! Thanks.
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Old 07-29-2008, 06:03 AM
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I never get the warning of low washer fluid. Mine just dont work at all. I pull the lever back, the wipers to their thing, but no washer fluid.
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Old 07-29-2008, 06:33 AM
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It's a very easy thing to check out both the above problems. Follow the step by step a few posts above to remove the front passenger wheel and remove the inner (left side) panel in the wheel well to access the tank. The pump is located low on the tank and closest to you, and the level sensor is located low on the tank toward the inside of the car. You can pull both of these plugs out, after placing a container underneath to catch the fluid that will leak out. Clean both the sensor and the plug of probably lots of gunk and replace. Also check the tubing that leads from the pump up through the engine compartment, then up to the hood and into the spray nodes in the hood. I had to replace several feet of the crappy black tubing with cheap clear plastic tubing that I bought from Lowes, and some tiny hose clamps. Once you get in there, it's pretty straight forward. Likely the pump is fine but just clogged; same with the level sensor. If they are beyond repair, replacements are not expensive.
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