HOWTO: Fix wiper resting point issues

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HOWTO: Fix wiper resting point issues

Post by inject » Wed May 01, 2019 8:08 pm

Fyi, I followed the recommendations here and it did not correct the problem, replacing the relay fixed it. I have a 2003 Z4 and the original relay was blue and the replacement is black, also another word of caution working at the back of the fuse panel there are two locations for a relay, the one for the wiper is the upper one, the lower one on my car is for a headlight washer and was empty on my car. I installed the relay in the wrong slot and the wipers ceased to work, be sure to install the relay in the upper location.

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Post by SonnyA85 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:36 pm

inject wrote: Wed May 01, 2019 8:08 pm Fyi, I followed the recommendations here and it did not correct the problem, replacing the relay fixed it. I have a 2003 Z4 and the original relay was blue and the replacement is black, also another word of caution working at the back of the fuse panel there are two locations for a relay, the one for the wiper is the upper one, the lower one on my car is for a headlight washer and was empty on my car. I installed the relay in the wrong slot and the wipers ceased to work, be sure to install the relay in the upper location.
What's the part number for a 2003 E85 wiper relay

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Post by SonnyA85 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:26 pm

mine was fixed by simply swapping out the relay. perfect now

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Post by ZedM » Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:43 pm

Hi SonnyA85, where did you get the replacement relay from and what was its part number please. Thanks.
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Post by elupus » Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:56 pm

Just to keep it alive. Just did the repair and it fixed my issue perfectly. I did snap one or two of the plastic hooks on the windscreen pan. I think using some tool and sliding it down the window to get a good vertical force straight upp might avoid it. Though about lubricating the plastic prongs so they come out easier if I need to do it again at some point.

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Post by robinsevers10 » Sat Mar 13, 2021 6:46 pm

Bought a 2004 E85 2.5i on Wednesday. My wife immediately noticed the wipers were going down and then bouncing back up to about two inches from the bottom of the screen and resting there, so I tried to fix it...

A few problems I encountered:

1) Wiper arms would not come off. I don’t consider myself a weak man but they just would not budge. I ended up buying a wiper arm/ battery terminal puller from amazon for £9. This did the trick.

2) The plastic screws are trash and having to remove and replace the scuttle 3 times didn’t do them any good (This is because I’m an idiot and a perfectionist, read on...). Still managed to get them all back in though.

3) EVERY. SINGLE. CLIP. SNAPPED. I was so cautious because I’d already done quite a lot of reading on this and didn’t want to mess up my new car, so I slid my hand under one end a gradually pulled it up but it didn’t work at all. By the looks of it the clips on my one had been permanently attached. I’m not sure if anyone else has found this, but they looked like the tabs that connect the scuttle to the clips had been melted into the clips from the other side (see photos). I ended up managing to get one clip to slot back together but removed all the others because they were causing the wiper pan to sit higher with a concerning gap between it and the glass. Not sure how BMW service centres would do this without providing an entirely new part because the damage isn’t just to the clips but to the wiper tray itself.
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4) I forgot to plug it back in 🤦🏻‍♂️. Seriously please don’t forget this step when reassembling. I had attached everything back together, got in the car to test it and... nothing. This meant having to take it all apart and reassemble it again.

5) I was concerned about the seal of the wiper pan against the window because of the lack of clips. I didn’t want there to be a big gap, although presumably water can drain from beneath anyway as there are gaps at either side. I gently bent the tray a few times just to make sure it sat right when I placed it back down.

It worked though! Wipers now sit in the right place, wife is happy, and I’m only slightly p***ed off.

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Post by Thadeus1991 » Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:43 am

sk93 wrote: Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:26 pm The plastic rivets that hold the wiper pan in place (with the soft plastic heads) are still available from BMW for about 50p each. Their BMW part number is 51717001494
Just to let everyone know: this seems to be the incorrect part number. The rivets look the same but are much bigger (too big to fit). The part you want is 51481915964.

sk93 - would you be able to edit that in your original post? Might help people to avoid ordering the incorrect part :)
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Post by Smartbear » Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:40 am

It’s been almost a year since the op logged in so doubt he’s going to edit the post :?
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Post by Z4Couple4me » Thu Jun 03, 2021 9:25 pm

Came across this video, interesting technique to get the blades off with the wooden wedge.

Haven't tried it but might be worth trying if you're struggling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZMna_t ... ag&index=2

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