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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 08-20-2016, 10:50 AM
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Windshield Wipers Possesed ... HELP !!!

The car is a 97 528i with 240k
No work done in the past 6 months other than battery and alternator.

So the past few weeks I've noticed my wipers just acting strange. Sometimes they'd work normal, but sometimes no matter what speed setting you put them on they would go the same speed. Then they started only working in high speed or when is pull down on the arm for a single wipe. Then a few nights back , just after we had all that horrific rain and flooding here in Baton Rouge, La. , I was out a couple miles from home in the rain using the wipers and they just shut off in "mid-wipe". They were just stuck halfway . So I made it to my destination and ran in to grab some diapers for my daughter. I came out, started the car and the wipers came on just fine. Before I could get out of the parking lot they had froze up again. So thankfully I make it home. Then this morning I was leaving and wanted to clear the morning dew from my windshield . So I pulled down for a single wipe and the wipers came on, stayed on and would not turn off. Until about 30 seconds later they quit in "mid-wipe" and then wouldn't respond to any position I put the switch in. So as it sets now.... When I first start the car, they will run on high speed for 30 seconds and then stop. Every time I restart the car it will do this....allow them to turn on for 20-30 seconds.
Now I've been reading and I keep hearing about the 2 relays. To me it just seems to be an issue with the switch in the steering column. Anyone experienced this before ? Any ideas on where to start ? Thanks !
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Old 08-20-2016, 11:09 AM
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This might help: http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...nt-E85-E46-E39
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Old 08-20-2016, 01:08 PM
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Great Link Ed ! Thank you ! Just went outside (it's raining again) I turned on the wipers and just as the op in the link stated, beating on the steering column worked. They worked on all three speeds after pounding on the column a few times. So I believe I've verified the problem. While I'm in there, I'll go ahead and fix the steering wheel adjustment switch as well. It hasn't worked in some time. Thanks again, at least now I have a direction to go in.
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