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Old 04-26-2009, 10:26 AM
Aruptus Aruptus is offline
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Leaking Windshield Washer Fluid

On Friday I stopped by the dealer because the windshield washer fluid light kept going off. They filled it up and it took quite a lot of fluid. Since they filled it up, it is now leaking drop by drop on the garage floor leaving blue stains. I drove it around and sprayed lots and lots of fluid, but it keeps leaking...

Any ideas? Car is only four months old.

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Old 04-26-2009, 12:43 PM
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Do you have ZCW/headlight washers? My driver side headlight washer broke and I would find a puddle under my bumper every morning. Fixed at the dealership under warranty -- this is a common issue.
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Old 04-26-2009, 12:44 PM
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Sounds like you have a leaking fluid reservoir. Take the car back to the dealer and have them replace the reservoir. If the reservoir is not the source of the leak, then you are looking at a leak somewhere else (tubing, or pump or sprayer fitting).
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Old 04-26-2009, 02:10 PM
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yes, I have the headlight washers...
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Old 04-26-2009, 04:43 PM
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Magic 8 Ball predicts a visit to the BMW dealer is in the OPs future....
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Old 04-27-2009, 07:49 AM
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hmmm, it leaked on Saturday and on Sunday morning. Drove the car Sunday afternoon and it did not leak. I sprayed most of the fluid out and the low warning symbol came on. I added two bottles of water (32 oz) to see if it would leak again. It didn't. I drove it again in the night and ran the headlight washers. This morning, no leak. Guess I will have to keep an eye on it.

On that note, any opinions as to what kind/brand of windshield washer fluid to use? Didn't know if certain brands can clog up the sprayers (esp. the headlight washers).

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Old 04-27-2009, 11:51 AM
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I have the same problem on my car. I have yet to bring it into the dealer but it should be covered under warranty.
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:58 AM
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Also happened to me. My SA knew exactly what is was before I finished describing the problem. It was caused by the passenger side head light washer.

Fixed for free.
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Old 07-18-2010, 04:59 PM
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I have the same problem. As my warranty has expired I would rather not pay the $100 per hour labor rate. Any suggestions how to do it yourself?
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:10 AM
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Don't know what caused the leak (under the car) for me. It happened a few times, then stopped. Maybe it was overfilled? I don't know, so I never brought it up when it was in for service.
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:58 AM
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I had that problem, it was the driver's side headlight washer, fixed at dealer. I don't know what they did.
I think the OP was an isolated case of the car spontaneously fixing itself, so you will probably have to do something.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:58 PM
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Hmmmm, just bought a 2009 335xi and noticed the blue leak. Mine is behind the right front tire which is also the approximate location of where you fill it up. Still under warranty, but I thought I would check the forum. The really interesting thing is most posts complaining are from "xi's".
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:11 PM
MykolG MykolG is offline
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Originally Posted by Aruptus View Post
On Friday I stopped by the dealer because the windshield washer fluid light kept going off. They filled it up and it took quite a lot of fluid. Since they filled it up, it is now leaking drop by drop on the garage floor leaving blue stains. I drove it around and sprayed lots and lots of fluid, but it keeps leaking...

Any ideas? Car is only four months old.

Thanks!
My 328i Sport Wagon did that also soon after I got it. Took it to the dealer and they replaced the washer pump under warranty.
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