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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 04-17-2014, 04:35 PM
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95 318i Windshield Washer Headaches

I have a 1995 BMW 318i that has me perturbed. I have no windshield washers. I replaced the wiper control unit to no avail. I replaced the pump with no change in results. The one strange thing I did notice is the wipers do not turn on with the washer switch if the pump is plugged in. If I unplug the pump the wipers will come on with the washer switch. Outside of my washer issue my wipers work fine. Does anyone have a clue because at this point I am entirely lost. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-17-2014, 05:52 PM
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I'm assuming you already checked all related fuses and relays?
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Old 04-17-2014, 06:08 PM
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I checked all fuses, even moved them around with new fuses just to be sure I didn't have a broken one I couldn't see. I also ran a voltage meter on the wires to make sure I had voltage. I did discover after my post that if I have one wire plugged into the pump and ground the other terminal to the chassis the pump spins. I want to say it is the switch on the column but I hate to throw more money at it for a maybe at this point.
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:25 AM
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Doesn't help you at all, but i've got the same exact problem as you....tried the same things you did to no avail. Subscribed to this, in case a solution is found.
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Old 04-18-2014, 08:49 AM
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Wiper control module, behind the glove box, below the ECU. #7 in this screen shot:
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:42 AM
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not to thread jack, but is it in the same place on a 325is?
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:56 AM
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AFAIK, yes. They were in the same place on both my E36s, a '93 325is and a '95 318is. The one in the '95 went all hinky, and the washer and wiper action was completely messed up. I got a good used one from a fest member it it cured all the craziness.
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