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Old 03-12-2013, 07:52 AM
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04 X5 rear windshield wiper

My rear wiper blade is not clearing/ cleaning the middle of my rear windshield. The blade is only 3 months old and only the top and bottom edge of the blade seems to touch the glass when in operation. The middle of the blade seems to arch away from the window when in motion. Any help to get the entire blade to clear/clean the window would be great. Thanks.

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Old 03-12-2013, 09:41 AM
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Since we can't see it...can you tell us if it is the oe rear wiper blade...or is it a replacement aftermarket blade?

Does the blade touch the window thru its entire length when in the rest position?
If its the original wiper arm...is the rubber blade running thru the little fingers in the middle section of the blade, or has it slipped out? (see "fingers" encircled in red in pic below...that is if you have the original rear wiper blade & not an aftermarket one piece blade).

If you have one of the aftermarket one-piece blades...then perhaps you have the wrong type or size.


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Old 03-12-2013, 10:03 AM
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Thanks for your reply. Yes, the entire blade does touch the window when in it's "off" position and is connected through the fingers. Im quite certain the blade is OE as well. Im not sure what's causing it but when the wiper is activated the middle of the blade arches away from the window for both beginning and ending passes. With that i'm left with a large oval of un-cleared window.

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Old 03-12-2013, 10:14 AM
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I remember reading of this being caused by dirt in the wiper arm preventing it fully seating on the glass. You may want to try cleaning/lubing the arm pivot.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:01 PM
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I had that problem with my x5. There is a clip on the arm piece that holds the wiper. Take some chanel locks and pinch the wiper so it can move freely.

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Old 03-12-2013, 04:02 PM
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Pull the wiper arm up, and spray WD-40 on the spring and put the wiper arm back in the down position and pull it back it up. Do this a bunch of times. i had the same exact issue and read this solution some where on these forums. Be sure to wash away all of the dirty rusty WD-40 that drips down.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:13 PM
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Yeah mine was the same and as the last post gave the arm a spray of penetrating oil and worked it up and down till it was nice and free, fine now.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:53 AM
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yup, usually the solution for this issue. You can feel when the WD-40 is working, it will make the arm become less stiff and rigid and more free and smooth like.
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