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Old 08-25-2016, 01:33 PM
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Windshield wiper travel

Attached is a picture of my driver's side wiper at its furthest travel point. Does your's travel closer to the 'a' pillar?
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Old 08-25-2016, 08:02 PM
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Yes. It should be pretty much perfectly aligned with the 'a' pillar.
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:48 PM
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Thank you josh!

I'm going to have to remove the wiper arm and re-seat it then.
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Old 08-26-2016, 04:16 AM
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I did my driver's side (US = left) just after purchasing the X3 -- the wipers were hitting each other slightly.

The cheap removal tools (e.g., eBay's item 201626374102) don't fit.

I ended up using a combo of my other regular tools. It's tight access on that side.
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Old 08-26-2016, 03:38 PM
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Ugh!

Removed the wiper arm using a small puller and it isn't a splined shaft but rather a hexagonal shaft so the only adjustments to be made at that point in the system are large ones. Too large to do any good. I guess it just is what it is.
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Old 08-26-2016, 04:36 PM
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I did my driver's side (US = left) just after purchasing the X3 -- the wipers were hitting each other slightly.

The cheap removal tools (e.g., eBay's item 201626374102) don't fit.

I ended up using a combo of my other regular tools. It's tight access on that side.

I had to do the same thing for the same reasons, but didn't require any special tools. Pull the hex nut, fold the wiper up, and slide the wiper off the splined shaft with fingers under the arm and thumbs on the shaft.

It was odd, the stock wiper blades never touched, but when I replaced them with Rain-X blades of the same size, the touched every time.
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arm bend

remember the good ole days ....we used to just ever so slightly bend the arms ...especially on systems with large leaps in adjustment on the drive shafts

they get bent with ice / snow / sticks / stickage etc etc in rugged use
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Interesting -- my 2008 (Sport) does have a splined pivot so I was able to move that blade out just a little.
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remember the good ole days ....we used to just ever so slightly bend the arms ...especially on systems with large leaps in adjustment on the drive shafts

they get bent with ice / snow / sticks / stickage etc etc in rugged use
Yup!!! My first car was a 1965 sunbeam alpine and it had a little hand pump on the dash for the windscreen fluid!
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Interesting -- my 2008 (Sport) does have a splined pivot so I was able to move that blade out just a little.
Well that's downright annoying. I wonder why mine is different. The hexagonal shaft is certainly a more robust design but it also takes out any nuanced adjustment.
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Yup!!! My first car was a 1965 sunbeam alpine and it had a little hand pump on the dash for the windscreen fluid!
Wow, that brought back a long lost memory -- my high school car had a manual bellows on the floor, to be pressed by foot as needed.
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Well that's downright annoying. I wonder why mine is different. The hexagonal shaft is certainly a more robust design but it also takes out any nuanced adjustment.
Are you certain there isn't an adapter-cap -- hex to spline?
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http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=61_1732

Maybe that #8?
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There's a picture of #8 on RealOEM, and I think that's it. Not splined, but did allow repositioning of the arm if you pop it loose and reset. Looks to be softer pot metal.
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I'll check that out. The shaft itself had no adapter cap but the wiper arm itself did have the #8 hex adapter. I didn't even think to see if I could pull that out and reposition it.

Awesome insight for the moron on this end!!!!! Thanks!!!!
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hahaahh!

Brilliant! Thank you! I was so consumed with the shaft I didn't give much thought to the orifice!!!

Adjusted it about one centimeter closer towards the "A" pillar. Could have gone a bit more but didn't want the wiper poking out from under the hood too much in the park position.
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didn't require any special tools. Pull the hex nut, fold the wiper up, and slide the wiper off the splined shaft with fingers under the arm and thumbs on the shaft.
I most definitely had to use a puller. Even with the wiper folded to release any tension from that the stalk base was firmly held in place.

I wonder why you guys have splined shafts on your '08s and I have this hex shaft.

What is your build date? Mine is 04/08
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I wonder why you guys have splined shafts on your '08s and I have this hex shaft.
I remembered incorrectly -- mine likely is hex too. But I did remember correctly that the angle could be adjusted much more than 1/6th -- like can be done with true splines on the pivot/hub.

It's the #8 part in the RealOEM figure above. You have it too -- it's in the wiper arm's bolt hole and is removeable/repositionable, not part of the pivot.
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I remembered correctly. Mine most definitely are splined. I was able to adjust the wiper arm by simply sliding the arm just off the splines. I think it was tapered, too.
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