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Old 02-03-2007, 05:05 PM   #1
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Sloppy wiper arm

Over the last few days, my wipers have been moving extremely slowly. I thought that the motor was siezing up. Today I took a closer look and found that the passenger side wiper arm is sloppy and loose and rubbing against the rear edge of the hood. I cant see anything from under the hood, all the mechanics seem to be tucked away.

Any advice or pointers for fixing or getting to them. Anyone else had this happen? Thanks.
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Old 02-04-2007, 12:12 PM   #2
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there's a cap on your wiper arm and a bolt underneath it. You should be able to tighten it from there.
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Old 02-04-2007, 12:43 PM   #3
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there's a cap on your wiper arm and a bolt underneath it. You should be able to tighten it from there.
It feels like the whole motor assembly underneath is loose but I'll try this first. Thanks.
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:57 PM   #4
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There a two large bolts which hold the wiper arm/transmission, maybe it's loose or the wiper transmission seized or is broken( common problem).
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:38 PM   #5
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Sounds like the main linkage is broken. It's an aluminum piece that can develop a crack and eventually break.

#1 in the diagram below:

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...71&hg=61&fg=45

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Over the last few days, my wipers have been moving extremely slowly. I thought that the motor was siezing up. Today I took a closer look and found that the passenger side wiper arm is sloppy and loose and rubbing against the rear edge of the hood. I cant see anything from under the hood, all the mechanics seem to be tucked away.

Any advice or pointers for fixing or getting to them. Anyone else had this happen? Thanks.
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:44 PM   #6
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I had the same problem. The big nut which holds the assmbly over time bends and twists the surrounding sheet metal and goes through. I welded mine back into place.
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Old 02-09-2007, 03:47 PM   #7
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I had the same problem. The big nut which holds the assmbly over time bends and twists the surrounding sheet metal and goes through. I welded mine back into place.
i had the same thing happen to me
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Old 02-09-2007, 05:09 PM   #8
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Replaced my linkage a few years back. I think i posted it here somewhere. Do a search. Pain in the ass to do. Hope you have small hands!!! Find out quickly what the problem is. Like someone mentioned, mine tore a hole in the sheetmetal by twisting etc... buddy had to weld on some new steel... good luck
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:59 PM   #9
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Sounds like the main linkage is broken. It's an aluminum piece that can develop a crack and eventually break.

#1 in the diagram below:

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...71&hg=61&fg=45

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Thanks for the link, that really helps to see the exploded view. Wow! pricey part if it is the linkage. I'll take a look and let you know what I find.
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Old 02-13-2007, 05:04 PM   #10
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contact Bruno if that's the part you need. I'm sure he can get you a very good price

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Old 02-14-2007, 11:47 AM   #11
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the piece can be welded back together.

Mine broke just a few months after I got my e36 (looooooong time ago) and I decided I wasn't going to shell out 250 for a replacement. Went to a metal fabrication shop and they fixed it for $40 cash in 10 minutes.

Had the car for 7 years after that and it never gave me a problem after that (the wiper linkage, that is. Everything else however, did break )

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whoops - double post
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Old 02-25-2007, 02:10 PM   #13
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Over the last few days, my wipers have been moving extremely slowly. I thought that the motor was seizing up. Today I took a closer look and found that the passenger side wiper arm is sloppy and loose and rubbing against the rear edge of the hood. I cant see anything from under the hood, all the mechanics seem to be tucked away.

Any advice or pointers for fixing or getting to them. Anyone else had this happen? Thanks.

Similar thing just happened to me. Wipers started moving very slowly...then
stopped. My mechanic (a great guy here in Montreal) took apart the whole assembly, found the passanger side bearing where the wiper attaches was seized...he disassembled the whole mechanism, cleaned it up, packed it with silicon grease and they now work 110%. Total cost $130 for 1-3/4hours labour. New parts would have cost me about $350. Getting the assembly out was the hardest part
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Old 02-26-2007, 05:31 PM   #14
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Similar thing just happened to me. Wipers started moving very slowly...then
stopped. My mechanic (a great guy here in Montreal) took apart the whole assembly, found the passanger side bearing where the wiper attaches was seized...he disassembled the whole mechanism, cleaned it up, packed it with silicon grease and they now work 110%. Total cost $130 for 1-3/4hours labour. New parts would have cost me about $350. Getting the assembly out was the hardest part
After a while mine started moving again, so I think that something sheared off in there. Yesterday was a bit warmer so I decided to give it a look over. The driver arm came off but for the life of me I couldn't get the other one off, even after a good soaking of WD40.

I'm going to have to take off the whol black plastic thing thats under the hood in order to get in there.
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Old 02-26-2007, 07:53 PM   #15
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I'm going to have to take off the whole black plastic thing thats under the hood in order to get in there.

Yeah, that's the bitch!! Took him 45 minutes to get the mechanism out...and 20 minutes to put it back..the rest of the time was freeing up the bearing. If I were you I'd get it fixed or fix it before the motor burns out...they are not cheap!
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