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The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan (F10) was produced from 2011 - 2016 with LCI updates arriving in 2014. In the US BMW offered a hatchback 5 Series Gran Truismo (F07) and the rest of the world also go a Station Wagon/Touring version F11.

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Old 01-08-2017, 10:55 AM
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Washer cap sticking out any idea why happened after NYC snow storm

Don't know why this happened after the snow store car hade ice with snow I noticed on one side the cap sticking up that washed the head light then the next morning the other sides was all the way out any body knows why this happened some say cause it's frozen out ??Click image for larger version

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Old 01-09-2017, 07:45 AM
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possibly some snow or ice got caught . Warm car up in garage if you have one., Wednesday or Thursday. it will be warmer. Try to use again, I find the washer is not very good and do not use it.
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Old 01-09-2017, 08:21 AM
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possibly some snow or ice got caught . Warm car up in garage if you have one., Wednesday or Thursday. it will be warmer. Try to use again, I find the washer is not very good and do not use it.
I agree! I wish I had had the washers "disabled" when I had my car "coded".
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Old 01-09-2017, 08:42 AM
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If you didn't use washer fluid rated for 0 degree temps, it will freeze and force these things out. Once it warms up, it will be fine.
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Old 01-09-2017, 10:53 AM
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I agree with "imteribble" that could be the main reason. Whatever you do, do not force the lid down. Also, get windshield washer that is good for cold temperatures and pour it in your reservoir. Warm up the car and shoot out the fluid. I use Prestone, amazing for the glass and great for cold temperatures


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Old 01-09-2017, 02:57 PM
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If you didn't use washer fluid rated for 0 degree temps, it will freeze and force these things out. Once it warms up, it will be fine.


Oh ok , the washer fluid that I used said +32F so it will definitely go back in I guess once the temp warm up ??


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Old 01-09-2017, 03:00 PM
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I agree with "imteribble" that could be the main reason. Whatever you do, do not force the lid down. Also, get windshield washer that is good for cold temperatures and pour it in your reservoir. Warm up the car and shoot out the fluid. I use Prestone, amazing for the glass and great for cold temperatures


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I tried to push it in but not to the point were I felt like I would break something,it did not budge so I guess that's the ice in the line or behind it why it wouldn't move,I will have to invest in some good fluid after this


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Old 01-09-2017, 03:22 PM
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Get Prestone, it's little pricey but worth the investment. I live in NYC too and had my car parked outside for two days, and after reading your situation, I started the car and without even waiting for the warm up, I used the windshield washer and it came right out. So, this means fluid didn't freeze. Also a word of advice, don't ever use the Orange colored Rain-X washer fluid! After using it, it's orange residue will clog and damage your reservoir and the sensor, I learnt through the hard way last year.


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Old 01-09-2017, 05:17 PM
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Get Prestone, it's little pricey but worth the investment. I live in NYC too and had my car parked outside for two days, and after reading your situation, I started the car and without even waiting for the warm up, I used the windshield washer and it came right out. So, this means fluid didn't freeze. Also a word of advice, don't ever use the Orange colored Rain-X washer fluid! After using it, it's orange residue will clog and damage your reservoir and the sensor, I learnt through the hard way last year.


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Wow ok I will definitely invest in that brand thanks for the good advice sir


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Old 01-10-2017, 07:38 AM
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possibly some snow or ice got caught . Warm car up in garage if you have one., Wednesday or Thursday. it will be warmer. Try to use again, I find the washer is not very good and do not use it.


So you know if this is run by an electrical motor or some sort or just pressure from the washer fluid ???


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Old 01-10-2017, 09:13 AM
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i have no idea how it works

maybe others will know? Have you warmed it up yet?
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:18 AM
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maybe others will know? Have you warmed it up yet?


Yea but didn't drive it and it still didn't move at all it's still cold but above freezing


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