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Old 08-28-2015, 07:16 AM
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Windshield washer failure

the squirters for my windshield on my 2008 X3 stopped working. I dropped by my Indie to ask him about this and he said they have had to replace a lot of washer pumps on BMWs.
Is this a common problem?
I haven't gotten it in to be fixed yet so the pump failure is speculation at this point.
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Old 08-28-2015, 07:51 AM
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Yes, these fail on BMWs. I've already replaced the headlight washer pump on my 2008.

They are relatively easy to replace. Typically, the strainer is also replaced along with the pump. Just do a search on BMW window washer pump replacement.
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Old Yesterday, 10:28 AM
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the squirters for my windshield on my 2008 X3 stopped working. I dropped by my Indie to ask him about this and he said they have had to replace a lot of washer pumps on BMWs.
Is this a common problem?
I haven't gotten it in to be fixed yet so the pump failure is speculation at this point.
Yes, as mentione, they quit on all models. I just replaced mine on my 2005 330cic. Very easy to do. You can purchase the oem part from dealer for about $65 or search ebay for a cheap $5 China made replacement. For what it does & the cost difference, I bought 2 pumps made in Turkey with rubber gromet seals for less that $10 bucks, free shipping. Replaced the bad one & have a spare on the work bench. Your choice.
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Old Yesterday, 11:20 AM
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Thanks, have parts cosing from Amazon Monday
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Old Yesterday, 11:43 AM
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BTW, you have 2 pumps, one for the front & 1 for the rear. you should be able to swap them to verify the front is bad.

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Old Yesterday, 04:44 PM
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I had to swap both front and back a few months back, my indie mechanic did it. I didn't even question using BMW parts for the job, reading this I wonder about it. I think I paid about $225. My 2007 X3 had about 117K miles at the time.
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Old Yesterday, 05:46 PM
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I had to swap both front and back a few months back, my indie mechanic did it. I didn't even question using BMW parts for the job, reading this I wonder about it. I think I paid about $225. My 2007 X3 had about 117K miles at the time.
@spokelizard...... This is pretty common. You can buy the OEM pump on line from BMW dealer for about $50 each x 2= $100 x 30% mark up=$130. Looks like he charged you min. of 1 hr. labor @ $100.hr. It would have taken him all of 10 or 15 mins. at most & he may have had to refill the reservoir. This is why it pays to do as much work as you can yourself. Some parts you want OEM BMW stuff, some others are not needed. I could buy & replace the pumps about 10x for the retail price that BMW wants and for just a windshield water pump, it's a no brainer for me to buy the cheaper imports. It's your choice.
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Another +1 on it being the pump. Both had failed on my 2007 X3. Very easy DIY, replace the filter screen as well.
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