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Old 10-23-2010, 12:32 PM
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2011 7 Series Headlight Washers UGGH

Just got my new 750li with m-sport....beautiful car....one issue, the headlamp washers overspray loads of washer fluid over both the left and right sides of my hood....it's actually pretty ridiculous how much washer fluid is sprayed by these.....any one know if there is a way to adjust these or shut them down completely? Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:12 PM
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I have the same issue. I took it into the dealer and they told me it was driver error. Nothing could be done.

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Old 10-23-2010, 05:34 PM
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it's normal, the ones in the E65/66 did the same. We didn't have an adjustment, but maybe you guys might!
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Old 06-18-2011, 08:16 AM
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Same thing happened to me last night; washer fluid all over my hood! Wasn't sure if harmful to the paint, so took a napkin and tried to soak up as much as possible, without applying pressure and accidentally scratching the hood. Very annoying. Any resolution on this yet - adjustment-wise? Thanks.
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Old 06-18-2011, 08:33 AM
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I assume the 7's headlight washers have no separate control and are activated when the headlights are on and you activate the windshield washers. BMW needs to provide a separate button for the headlight washers. I briefly turn off my headlights just for the second or so it takes to activate the windshield washers to avoid the unnecessary headlight cleaning. Actually, I avoided getting the washers on my F10 535i, mainly due to the nuisance.
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:04 AM
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I assume the 7's headlight washers have no separate control and are activated when the headlights are on and you activate the windshield washers. BMW needs to provide a separate button for the headlight washers. I briefly turn off my headlights just for the second or so it takes to activate the windshield washers to avoid the unnecessary headlight cleaning. Actually, I avoided getting the washers on my F10 535i, mainly due to the nuisance.
Agree there really should be a separate control for the headlamp washers. I mean, how often do you really need them? A few times in the winter if you live in a snowy climate.
For years now, I've also been in the habit of briefly turning of the headlights to use the windsheild washer and avoid activating the headlamp washer.
I wonder if there is a seperate fuse that can be pulled?
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:53 AM
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Not sure about a fuse, but you could just disconnect the power to them. This would of course require removal of the bumper.
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Old 06-19-2011, 07:23 AM
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they told me it was driver error.

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Are you kidding me! You should have punched him right square in the mouth for saying something so stupid.

Anyway, I agree BMW could offer a better solution.
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:08 PM
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I pulled the fuse out from my car. That permanently fixed the problem. It didn't throw any errors at all. Forgot which fuse it was, you can look it up from TIS.
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:45 PM
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Same thing happened to me last night; washer fluid all over my hood! Wasn't sure if harmful to the paint, so took a napkin and tried to soak up as much as possible, without applying pressure and accidentally scratching the hood. Very annoying. Any resolution on this yet - adjustment-wise? Thanks.
The angle on the washer is assming that its being applied at speed so its angled high to compensate for wind pushing down the applicaiton. At a stop, if you clean your windows and you are at the cycle that will do the lights too (its every 5 applications or something like that) the spray will reach half way up your hood.
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Looks like this thread has been dead for a while, but given the terrible winter, I figured I'd see if anyone figured out how to turn off the headlamp washers. I think my headlamp washers kicked on 3 times on the way home this evening. Since they use so much fluid, I got the low fluid warning for the second time this month. Wish there was a way to disconnect them or simply select windshield only. I tried turning off my headlights, but mine kick on after a few pulls even with the headlights off. Melting snow + salt + sand = nasty... hate winter.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:49 PM
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Looks like this thread has been dead for a while, but given the terrible winter, I figured I'd see if anyone figured out how to turn off the headlamp washers. I think my headlamp washers kicked on 3 times on the way home this evening. Since they use so much fluid, I got the low fluid warning for the second time this month. Wish there was a way to disconnect them or simply select windshield only. I tried turning off my headlights, but mine kick on after a few pulls even with the headlights off. Melting snow + salt + sand = nasty... hate winter.
I think most dislike winter concerning their BMW - I wish I had a winter Bimmer...headlight washers activate every third time - considering the slush and road grime I'd rather have the visibility. The washer fluid doesn't hurt paint so in this climate I cannot see an issue.
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:03 PM
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Wow, I thought mine were misaligned as well! The trick is as another poster said, is turn your lights off before hitting the spray button. So if its night and my windshield is dusty, I just give it a quick spray before I turn on my lights to get driving.
The comment about them being designed to be sprayed at speed makes sense but the thinking behind that design doesnt. Most people probably dont spray their windshield fluid when driving at speed as to not spray other drivers.
Worst design ever.
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I didn't even know I had this feature until I was stopped at a light and went to clean my windows...washer fluid went everywhere. My wife was looking away and thought I was crazy because when I did it again, nothing happened. Now I know!


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I also didn't know I had this feature since I didn't order the cold weather package...

When I go to clean my windshield, my car randomly activates the headlight washers and covers my whole car with washer fluid, even during daytime hours. Maybe due to the auto headlight/high beam always on?
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Don't these washer fluids simply evaporate when you are driving? Since there's no wipers, it has to spray under pressure; hence, the sprinkles everywhere.
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Wow, I thought mine were misaligned as well! The trick is as another poster said, is turn your lights off before hitting the spray button. So if its night and my windshield is dusty, I just give it a quick spray before I turn on my lights to get driving.
The comment about them being designed to be sprayed at speed makes sense but the thinking behind that design doesnt. Most people probably dont spray their windshield fluid when driving at speed as to not spray other drivers.
Worst design ever.
I always do mine at speed as to purposely spray other drivers. Having the headlights on or off or spraying during daylight hours has nothing to do if the headlight washers come on or not.
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