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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 03-03-2005, 09:40 AM
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Windshield Washer Fluid - Vanishing -

I seem to have a strange situation with my 1997 328is. I fill up my windshield washer fluid and after about 2 days, the "Low Washer Fluid" message comes up on the OBC and in most cases, I have used the washer function 2 or 3 times during those 2 days. Has anyone had this problem before? Sounds like a leak to me...but I never find any fluid in my garage? Any help would be appreciated...
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Old 03-03-2005, 01:29 PM
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Have you checked the fluid level with a flashlight? If it's OK then the fluid sensor may be bad.
BMW seems to have a sensor for EVERYTHING!
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I seem to have a strange situation with my 1997 328is. I fill up my windshield washer fluid and after about 2 days, the "Low Washer Fluid" message comes up on the OBC and in most cases, I have used the washer function 2 or 3 times during those 2 days. Has anyone had this problem before? Sounds like a leak to me...but I never find any fluid in my garage? Any help would be appreciated...
I have an e46 convertible, but I did have a similar problem. Turned out I had a bad pump in the window washer. It was pumping the washer fluid out somewhere and my tank would empty very quickly, like in a day. I got it replaced under warranty.
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Old 03-05-2005, 06:35 AM
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My e36's washer pump is not pumping at all...

Turns out, there's a mesh at the water inlet for the motor INSIDE the bottle is clogged. Also, the outside cover for the shaft of the pump is broken so it's all jammed up.

Removed the bottle and pump, give it a good clean and stuck the shaft cover back on with super-glue. Just waiting on the super-glue to dry, then reinstall and test.

Finger crossed~!
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