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Old 01-19-2011, 12:01 PM
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bad rear wiper

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Rear wipe doesn't stay on the glass as it wipes. First I thought it was because of the old wiper so I replaced it with a new one. I'm having the same issue. I'm thinking the whole arm is bad. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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Old 01-19-2011, 12:53 PM
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Pop the little plastic cap off the arm, and tighten the bolt with the correct ratchet size, and your good to go.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:47 AM
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^if that didn't work try replaceing the wiper switch.thats the reason why my front wipers don't work
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:34 AM
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I tried retightening the bolt as well as taking the whole thing out and re-installing but same result. It loses contact with the glass as it wipes.

Wiper switch? Where is that located?
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:34 AM
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What i meant by wiper switch is the one on the steering column u normally flick up or down to use.after removing the steering wheel adjustment switch and window switch(the ones on the doors)i found out that bmw uses lil micro chips in each switch would could explain why the switch wont work if the chip is mad.i havent taken out the wiper switch yet tho because i dont plan on to until i order the replacement switch.plus in order to remove the stock switch you would have to buy a device that removes the steering wheel from its steering column to put it in(i forgot what its called)having to go through all this trouble,i guess bmw didnt plan on these kinds of things failing
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Old 01-26-2011, 02:18 PM
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What i meant by wiper switch is the one on the steering column u normally flick up or down to use.after removing the steering wheel adjustment switch and window switch(the ones on the doors)i found out that bmw uses lil micro chips in each switch would could explain why the switch wont work if the chip is mad.i havent taken out the wiper switch yet tho because i dont plan on to until i order the replacement switch.plus in order to remove the stock switch you would have to buy a device that removes the steering wheel from its steering column to put it in(i forgot what its called)having to go through all this trouble,i guess bmw didnt plan on these kinds of things failing
Sorry for my ignorance, but whats this got to do with the wiper not making proper contact with the rear window???

Mine is the same, I replaced it with a Bosch blade. I would say about an inch of the end of the wiper misses the top of the window,I have tried bending the wper arm in a bit but its still the same!!
Iwould like to know if there is a fix?

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Old 01-26-2011, 02:39 PM
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o thats your problem.sorry i read your post wrong lmao.you said u tired changing the blade and it still wont make contact?
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Then put a new arm sounds like its bent.
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:51 AM
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rear wiper solution

Babyduke...
This happens to mine as well. Wiper arm is not likely bent, broken or otherwise in need of replacement. Check the hinge at the base of the arm. These tend to corrode and stick so when the weather gets cold (and it wll in Chicago), it needs to be lubricated. I should know, I live up in Canada eh?
I use "corrosion X" from the guys who make "Rejex" the wax. Protect the area with a paper towel (just to catch the loose spray) and spray whatever lubricant (WD40 works too) into the hinge area. Work the hinge back and forth. Eventually it will loosen up. You may have to do this a few times. The sticky hinge stops the blade from runing on the curved glass. I do mine a couple times every winter.

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Old 01-31-2011, 09:29 AM
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Thank I'll try cleaning and lubrication as suggested.
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:30 PM
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The WD-40 works! I had the same issue bought a new blade then had to WD-40 so the arm (spring) would hit windshield.
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Old 01-31-2011, 07:40 PM
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i have the same problem on my 2003 e53, its the hinge part thats corroded, all the salt from the bad snow we had didn't help.
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:16 PM
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Keeping the hinge lubed is important, especially in Wisc. with lots of salt in the winter. What I found was after installing a new blade, it only contacted at the tip of the blade.
On further inspection I found the replacement blade, which was not BMW, but from a quality auto parts store, had one little difference. There is a plastic guide on the wiper arm that on a OEM blade fits into a slot that holds the wiper in the correct position. The blade I bought did not have such a slot. If the blade slides to far into this guide, no pressure is exerted on the portion of the blade closest to the attachment to the wiper motor. Thus only contacting the tip of the blade to the window. So I placed a series of wood shims until I found the correct position to completely clean the window. I then drilled a small hole and secured it in this postion with a sheet metal screw. If not secured, the blade will eventually slide in the plastic guide and incompletely clean the window. Or you could just go to the BMW dealer and buy their replacement wiper.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:25 PM
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get a now 1 as liss is a fix dat u will dow at list 1s a yer ?
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:49 PM
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get a now 1 as liss is a fix dat u will dow at list 1s a yer ?
I is not understanding u man, y u not t'king glish?
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