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Old 12-13-2014, 09:49 AM
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2006 X3 2.0i Wipers park straight UP at 12 oclock

Happy Holidays,
I read a few posts about this problem but haven't stumbled upon a definitive fix for my 2006 X3 2.0i. Due to the weight of a recent snow storm on the wiper arms - they no longer park in the normal horizontal positions. They now park vertically at 12 o'clock. I can live with it but my wife...She not so happy.... I know the motor is fine and I believe it is the linkage that needs adjusting. Simple fix . Problem is that to access the motor and linkage requires major dis-assembly which I am not willing to attempt. Here is my question:

If I remove the caps on the outside of the wiper arms, remove the bolt attaching the arms and carefully remove the arms off of the wiper socket will i be able to just re install them at the correct park horizontal position by remounting them at the 9 o'clock position and bolting them back on ? In theory that is.....Any guidance would be much appreciated.
Dave T
Original owner 2006 X3 3.0i

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Old 12-13-2014, 10:06 AM
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snow spun setting

try your fix ...it often works when a snow/ice /other spin from a stop happens.....run the wipers off the glass to see if all is good when you finish the reset
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Old 12-13-2014, 10:14 AM
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Thanks for the reply
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Old 12-13-2014, 10:15 AM
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try your fix ...it often works when a snow/ice /other spin from a stop happens.....run the wipers off the glass to see if all is good when you finish the reset

Thanks for the reply
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Old 12-15-2014, 06:52 AM
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2006 X3 wipers park straight up

Need another fix. Removed wiper arms, ran wiper cycle on clean setting so the gear set to the park position. Remounted wipers in the proper position but it did not work properly. Still parks in the upright position. Need fix fast as rain is a comin......

A) is disconnecting the battery and flashlight when the wipers are parked a viable option?

B) Or -Do I need to remove the pollen filter, cowl and god knows what else to access the motor and linkage and attempt to reset it that way? Don't really have the expertise or time to disassemble it so may have to go the Indy shop route.

If anyone has had this happen please let me know.

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Old 12-15-2014, 08:51 AM
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cycle etc

is the wiper drive arm making the same partial rotation each time ????...put a marker on the stub and observe.....are you 110 percent sure you reattached the arms when the mechanism was fully parked ???

you can get into the mechanicals in ~ 30mins by taking all the plastic leg covers off .....plus releasing the wire loom that goes over the engine

this could be 4-5 hrs of investigation and you could include the battery disconnect reset for a few minutes......if you don't have the time it's gotta be the indy
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Old 12-15-2014, 08:55 AM
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arms stripped

did the arms come off with no effort .....check if you stripped them when stuck with the snow
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:07 AM
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a good generic link

this is an old saturn but shows the basics of stripping/drive type etc.....also .....if your arm drive splines are kaput you can jam them some with teflon for a test

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Old 12-15-2014, 09:10 AM
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a good link

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=459978

16. Assuming you made it back to the wiper install, remember, the wiper motor needs to cycle at least once to find it back to its NEW parked location before you align your wipers (see step 14). Replace each wiper to the dimensions depending on the model of car E90/E91 or E92. The dimensions in the figures are from the lip of the Cowl trim seal to the wiper blade edge. This is at the normal to the center of the wiper arm attachment point of the blade. That's it, re-torque as per step 2 value.

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Old 12-15-2014, 09:25 AM
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this could be best link

http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...-position.html


I finally figured out how to fix my wipers. Although this is a simple fix, I could not find this information anywhere, and no one knew or cared to show me how. I hope this helps someone in the future. I am not the best with write ups so sorry for the length.

Symptom:

---> Wiper's work perfectly however they stop at the 12 o'clock position (or other incorrect parked position) after completing a wipe cycle.

Solution:

1. remove plastic cover under the hood that conceals the wiper motor and the wiper link arms. The cover is removed via twist clips.

2. Turn on your wipers, then turn them off so that the nut in the center of the wiper motor is accessible ( if it isn't already)

3. Completely remove this nut. Set aside. Keep safe.

4. Turn the wipers on so that the motor goes through a wipe cycle that automatically shuts off to the parked position after completion (ie. activate windshield washer function.) Note: your wipers will not move, only the motor will operate.

5. manually position the wipers down to the correct parked position. They should easily move around when you push them down or up.

6. If you have done step 5 correctly, you will notice that the location of where you unscrewed the nut is now concealed by the position of the wiper linkages.

7. Carefully but forcefully remove the passenger side wiper link from its socket so that you can access the area below it. This may require some force, use both hands and be careful not to bend or break any of the link arms.

8. Ensuring the drives side wiper is still in the correct parked position, you can now proceed to screwing the nut back on where it originally was. Tighten adequately, however not so much that the wipers begin to move with each turn of the nut.

9. Now go ahead and test the wipers. Only the drivers side will move because the passengers side link is still disconnected.

The wiper should go through a cycle and when it turns off it should return to the position you manually set it at, rather than the 12 o'clock position for example.


10. pop the passenger side wiper arm link back into where your removed it. It was fastened onto a ball like joint before you removed it. A mallet may be useful. I used the other end of my socket wrench and banged it back in with one hit, perhaps this is not he best method however it worked for me.

11. re-test wipers, and re-install plastic cover from step 1.

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Old 12-15-2014, 09:38 AM
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why it skips in snow

from link above .....snow impact on drive splines ..........Thanks for the info, I had the same problem with the blades parking in the upright position. You're quite right with the repair method although I just used a large screwdriver to pop the passenger wiper arm linkage and then a pair of large pliers to re-attach it again (to avoid bending the mechanism). The cause for misalignment is simply down to excessive torque being applied by the single motor shaft resulting from the wiper arms being excessively loaded by snow etc... The motor has a splined shaft which grips the wiper arm mechanism when the main nut is screwed down onto it. When excessive loading occurs as earlier mentioned the motor drive spline is brittle enough to allow the drive to slip thus causing the misalignment issue. Carryout the repair as advised by the Godfather and you canít go wrong, Iíve just suggested some other ways of doing the same task. Note: When completing alignment with just the drivers wiper arm just activate the wipers by pushing the wiper stalk down one from neutral as this just completes one sweep of the screen. Also when the arm is reattached to the motor drive spline use a thread locking agent such as locktite 242 etc... on the securing nut.
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Old 12-15-2014, 04:33 PM
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NJ Fix for wipers arms that park straight up

Indy shop removed wiper arms, cabin filter housing and a bunch of other stuff including cowl to access the wiper motor and linkage. (Hate doing that because I never believe everything is snapped and fitted back correctly) Actually took out entire wiper assembly, rotated linkage 180 degrees re-tightned bolt and reassembled the parts that were removed. Took less than 1 1/2 hours. Charged less than $ 100.00
Works fine so far.

Import Tech in Fairfield NJ.
Bill is one of the owners. 973 226 8440

Dave T.
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Old 12-15-2014, 04:49 PM
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superb !

excellent .....now we just gotta figure out how to move all that snow to the swamp !
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Old 12-15-2014, 06:21 PM
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LOL.

My daughter is in the Swamp. The other Swamp. She is a Florida Gator....
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