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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 12-17-2008, 05:49 PM
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How do you remove a complete wiper arm

How do you remove a complete wiper arm? In the Bentley manual it says that a special tool is needed. There are two screws that hold the wiper arm in, and I'm unable to pry it off. Is there something else i can use other than what the Bentley manual ask for? I'll provide pics if needed.

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Old 12-17-2008, 06:01 PM
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Here's an excerpt of part of a DIY I wrote up in the 5DIY folder, where I replaced the lower windshield strip, which required removal of the wiper arms for installation. This should help: ignore the extaneous stuff:

But I should add an addendum to this write-up based on a few additional emails I've received. I should have expounded more on removing the main wiper arm. Once you remove the cover of the driver's side arm, remove the top bolt. Underneath that is a gold "pressure" bolt that holds the mechanics to the whole shebang together. I don't know of any specialized tool that can assist in removing this bolt. You need a set of heavy duty grips, like large quality pliers, and a rubber mallet. Careful using a metal hammer, but that can be used as well. The bolt is VERY sturdy and can take a lot of punishment. Basically, you need to beat the crap out of the bolt (but carefully, if that makes sense) to loosen it up. Alternate between whacking it with the mallet and jiggling with the pliers. Anti-seize solvent may help. Have patience--it WILL loosen and come off.

Also, a tricky part is replacing the wiper arms in a proper "rest" position after you've installed the new cover. It's a little tricky, and may take between one and three tries to get it right. Put the wipers in the "rest" position and reinstall the wiper bolt including the pressure bolt, but not TOO tight since it is likely you will need to remove and reinstall again. Don't replace the plastic covering quite yet. Once in place, run the wipers and turn off. The wipers will likely rest a bit too high. Remove the bolts, tighten up and try again. After two or three times, they will be back in position. Have some patience and you'll be happy.
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Old 12-19-2008, 06:38 AM
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Thanks bro I will try that this weekend!!!
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:10 AM
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Try these:

http://www.justanswer.com/questions/...ng-driver-side
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...ight=wiper+arm

Sometimes it is frozen in with time and rust.
- WD-40
- Jerk the wiper arm back and forth a bit (no excessive force).
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