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Old 08-01-2011, 08:49 AM
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headlamp washer

anyway to disable the headlamp washer from coming on at the same time as the windshield washer?

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Old 08-01-2011, 08:57 AM
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anyway to disable the headlamp washer from coming on at the same time as the windshield washer?

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We can do it on the E60s via custom coding. I turn mine off in the summer and on in the winter.

I'm sure the dealer can turn them off for you.


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Old 08-01-2011, 09:00 AM
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I see, thanks. BMW should include alot more custom settings for the owners. stuff like welcome lights, door locks aren't enough. haha
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:01 AM
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Don't wash your windshield with the headlights on is an easy fix.
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:02 AM
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Just switch the Auto headlamp & Manual headlamp off. No coding required.

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Old 08-01-2011, 09:06 AM
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oh so when the headlight switch is at "Off" , the headlamp washer won't come on while washing the windshield?

I guess the switch was on "auto" or "on" when the SA was showing all the features. So I assumed it comes on while washing the windshield.

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Old 08-01-2011, 10:09 AM
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Just turn off the headlights, wash windscreen, then turn em back on
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:12 AM
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Good information. I never knew you are able to do that.
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Old 08-01-2011, 01:39 PM
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Just turn off the headlights, wash windscreen, then turn em back on
That's what I always did. The overall bother is why I didn't get the cold package on my new 535i, only the heated front seats. BMW needs to provide a separate button for the headlamp washers -- it's ridiculous that they come on with the windshield washers. I don't need overspray all over my hood.
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Old 08-01-2011, 02:12 PM
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I thought that rather odd as well. A lot of times I use the windshield sprayer at night for bugs hitting the windshield. I don't think it is recommended to turn off the lights while driving at night.
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:21 PM
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If you do -really- short bursts of the washer, it doesn't trigger the headlight washers.
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Old 08-01-2011, 04:17 PM
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If you do -really- short bursts of the washer, it doesn't trigger the headlight washers.
They're only triggered about every 3rd activation of the windshield washers -- you may have gotten lucky.
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I don't think it is recommended to turn off the lights while driving at night.
I got it down to a science. You just have to leave them off for the brief second it takes to activate the washer, not the whole time the wipers/washers are doing their thing. Wait the slight delay until the lights actually turn off, then hit the washer stalk, then lights back on. Takes about 1 second.
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:32 PM
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They're only triggered about every 3rd activation of the windshield washers -- you may have gotten lucky.
They are activated on the first use of the washer since the lights were put on / came on automatically. Subsequently, it is as you say every 3rd use.

I'm talking about something different though. If you only pull the washer momentarily (less than about 1/4 sec), it will never trigger the headlamp washers.

It takes a bit of practice... You can get just as much water onto the windscreen with three short bursts as you can by holding it down, but without triggering the headlamp washer.

Give it a try.
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Old 08-02-2011, 06:21 AM
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hahaha...this is getting too much calculation involved. what about just with parking lights? does the headlamp washers come on as well?
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:41 AM
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Just switch the Auto headlamp & Manual headlamp off. No coding required.
You learn a new thing in this forum every week! Thanks.
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hahaha...this is getting too much calculation involved. what about just with parking lights? does the headlamp washers come on as well?
IIRC, yes.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:29 AM
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(headlight) washer will NOT come on even when the parking lights are ON.
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