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Old 10-04-2009, 01:53 PM
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Hi Guys,

My wipers wont shut off once they are started. I've searched the forum, and lots of people have experience wipers wont turning it on but not wipers not turning off.

So, i decided to go w/ replacing with wiper module relay (still does not shut off), my next step is to switch wiper motor and after that wiper switch!

To start off with wiper motor, i don't know where it is located and how it is removed. You guys happen to know where i can get DIY for wiper motor replacement, if you do please steer me towards that.

Also, do you happen to know the DIY for replacing the wiper switch for steering wheel??


Thank you so much!!
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Old 10-04-2009, 02:31 PM
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Are they running right now? If not, how do you get them to shut off? If they stop in random positions, it may just be a dirty parking switch in the wiper gearbox.

The wiper mechanism and motor are under the cowl cover beneath the wiper arm shafts. You;ll need to pull the wiper arms with a suitable puller.

The vent ducts and filter must also be removed.
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Old 10-04-2009, 02:58 PM
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well, they are off right now. Because, after some time it got really annoying that they were not shutting off, so i took off the wiper module relay. So w/out the brain the wipers dont work. But, yeah if i do put back in the relay, it is continuously on

Do you happen to have the pics for the location of the wiper motor/mechanism (kind of noob in all mechanics stuff)

PS: I see you live in SJ, I live in SF. If you dont mind, i would love to have you check it out for me, if you can that is
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Old 10-04-2009, 03:21 PM
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Something tells me this is more of the general module rather than the wiper motor...Replacing the wiper motor may not fix your issue.
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:54 PM
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gameover,

I have no hands-on with the wipers on the E39, so I wouldn't be any help. PM me your email address, and I'll send PDFs from the TIS. You'll at least get an idea of the effort to extract the wipers.

bimmerd00d may be on to something. If you really want to troubleshoot this problem, get the E39 Bentley's manual. There are rudimentary schematics that show how stuff works.

http://www.bentleypublishers.com/bmw...ir-Manual.html

Try Amazon.com, too, for a lower price.
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Old 10-04-2009, 05:06 PM
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Something tells me this is more of the general module rather than the wiper motor...Replacing the wiper motor may not fix your issue.
I did replace the module. That is the relay module. Are you talking about some other module ?
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:02 PM
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Check the Wiper Relay under Passenger Side Cabin Filter:

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Old 10-04-2009, 07:13 PM
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I've checked and replaced w/ a new wiper relay but still the problem exists!
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:34 PM
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Likely Stalk rather than Motor.
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:09 PM
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you mean the wiper switch thats on the steering wheel???
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:11 PM
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you mean the wiper switch thats on the steering wheel???
Yes,

I replied this to your post on bimmerforums 2 months ago....
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1278596
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:00 PM
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yea, i realize bro....

But i do not know how to take the steering wheel apart or better yet get the WIPER SWITCH out so that i could exchange w/ a new or salvaged one from the junkyard. But for that i first need to know how to take out the wiper switch/stalk....

Thus, the reason why i started this post...if some1 would kindly show me how to remove the wiper switch...do you know...

By the way, this is how my steering wheel looks like:

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Old 10-05-2009, 06:07 AM
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....Thus, the reason why i started this post...if some1 would kindly show me how to remove the wiper switch...do you know...
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...d.php?t=708581
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:13 PM
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Thank you.

I'll get this once i get back home and will let you know of results
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Didnt someone post earlier to unplg the green harness ( timer) from the inside of the wiper switch as a quick fix? I tried this but the wipers still stay on.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:36 PM
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Gameover,

If you need to change the Wiper Motor, Info is here:
https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=440711
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:47 PM
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i do not know how to take the steering wheel apart
These, from the VERY best of E39 Links, may help:

- How to buy E39 25" driver side & 22" passenger side windshield wiper blade refills (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) & the wiper arm (1) (2) & troubleshooting or replacing the wiper motor (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) or wiper relay (1) or rain sensor (1) (2) & the automatic rain sensor retrofit (1) (2).

I'll add cn90's two links (if they're not already there) so others find them all easier:
- Anyone over changed out a wiper switch?
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Wiper motor change????
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:10 PM
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Thanks Blue Bee

I think this fix will work on my wiper not stopping at the proper parked position. Will report back with praise.
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:18 PM
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Yep it did it!

Removed wiper motor, cleaned around the contacts the excess grease. Put it back together and the wipers properly park now!

I cannot begin to thank you guys that take the time to post these DIYs. I cannot afford to pay someone to work on my car these days and take pride in being able to fix it. The posts here give me the way to do it.
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