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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-27-2014, 02:32 AM
fairylightguy fairylightguy is offline
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Window washers

Can anyone give me a link to see a plan on how these are set up.i have a 2002 e39 5401
My washers have stopped working and it looks like a pump is broken
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Old 01-27-2014, 03:03 AM
degetzel degetzel is offline
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Check under 'Vehicle electrical system'. This is the link for my car. It should be the same for yours.

I also had a problem with the washers. Low pressure and leak - was getting the low fluid error soon after toping it up.
Turned out it was a leak from the hoses.

Good luck sorting yours out!
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:06 AM
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can you hear it

Turn the key on and press the pump lever to see if you can hear it.
When I did this, I noticed a split hose.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:48 AM
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See also:
- What windshield washer fluid to use (1) (2) & what intensive cleaning system fluid to use (1) & how to adjust windshield washer spray nozzles (1) & where to get OEM VDO/Conti windshield washer pumps (1) (2) & windshield washer reservoir & pump DIYs (1) (2) (3) & specific issues of windshield reservoirs prone to leaking due to an ill-fitting pump o-ring gasket (1) (2) or to hose disintegration (1) (2) or to leaks in the main reservoir (1) (2) (3) or leaks in the intensive wash system (1) (2) or the pump itself goes bad (1) (2) & further debugging hints (1) & one users windshield washer leak experience (1)
Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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