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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 01-26-2015, 06:20 PM
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Wiper Blades

Took the advice here at bimmerfest, "go to the dealer for wiper blade refills". Unfortunately none of the dealers sell the "refill" squeegee you gotta buy the whole assembly or stay home. So I went to a good Automotive Part Retailer and found a set of 22" and 26" TRICO blades. The frames will NOT work but the rubber squeegee works! It's a whole lot cheaper than the alternative $50 bux each for blade and assembly. So here's the deal.

Buy the 22" and 26" TRICO blades $15. Remove your BMW blades from the car (mine is a 2001 e39). Slide out your old squeegee with metal inserts the inserts will probably fall out as you are sliding them off the "stand offs" on both right and left blades. Next slide the squeegees off the new set of Trico blades. Be careful you don't want to damage the rubber tips you have to work at it, look at it, you'll see that you got to compress the rubber and metal strip at the TIP. Once it begins to slide free you'll see what I'm talking about, it only comes out ONE WAY. Reverse the procedure on your BMW wiper frame and slide it on, once inserted fully, just snap the blade assembly back into place and your good to go for another 2-3 years. That... or go buy a new car, that makes crazy since in this economy, but it is an alternative to doing it my way. I've done this twice now in 3 years total cost about $15 bux a change out. It's that or $50 bux on line for each blade. It works for me. Besides I just hate going to the STEALER. I'm just like yall STUBBORN Bimmer owner.
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Old 01-26-2015, 06:31 PM
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Oh man, I never knew you could just switch out the inserts! I've been buying whole assemblies! By the way Bosch has crappy inserts.. Or crappy arms. I bought Bosch just to try them out, but I'm going back to SWF Valeo.
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See also:
- Where to buy wiper blade refills (1) & a DIY for replacing your windshield wiper blades (1) & how to replace the wiper arm (1) (2)
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Oh man, I never knew you could just switch out the inserts! I've been buying whole assemblies! By the way Bosch has crappy inserts.. Or crappy arms. I bought Bosch just to try them out, but I'm going back to SWF Valeo.
Ok here's the deal JDegraff89. Just go buy a 26" and 22" Trico blade assemble 7 bux each 2 assemblies. Now remove the wipers on your bimmer, pay attention to how it snaps apart, you'll need to remember the reverse order for reassembly on the wiper arm, it's really easy a 5th grader can do it, so don't go embarrass yourself. You might just want to take a picture on your phone for a reference.

Now remove the old insert by sliding it off the assemble, you'll notice it only comes off ONE WAY. You have to fettle with the rubber tip at one end to get it to release, you'll figure it out, you may have to cut it, I did mine. If you do cut the old one, there is no turning back, so you might want to talk this over with a 5th grader, if you have any doubt about cutting the rubber tip. Remember you CAN'T cut the Trico tip or you're SCREWED Got it? Your call.

Okay, now that you got the old insert out, do the same thing with the Trico assemble, work each blade separately, don't try to do both inserts at the same time. Don't concern yourself with the 26" Trico being an Inch longer than the BMW 25" it operates better at 26" no big deal. IMHO the 22" is an exact match so maybe you should do that one FIRST (Passenger Side) it's the cheaper one so if you mess up you are only out 7 bux. I think the 26" is 8 bux. Both cost 15 bux.

Okay, don't screw up the TRICO by forcing it or CUTTING IT, just squeeze the tip with a needle nose and you'll finally figure it out, the rubber squeegee is pretty tough and if the metal insert strip falls out of the squeegee in the process, no big deal, they line up easy and slide back together no problem. Once you get the tip to release it's a walk in the park from here on out, it will slide right off and slide right back on the original assembly. like I said a 5th Grader can do this. The worst case scenario is if you screw up one set of TRICO blades and you have to go back and spend 7 bux for the sone you just screwed up, that's why you do one assembly at a TIME, got it? You are still ahead of the game even if you screw it up the first time. It's called a Learning Curve, but you will LEARN and isn't that what Bimmerfest is all about, cutting the Stealer outta-the-deal?
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