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Old 24th May 2001, 15:01   #1
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Hello All,

I am slowly fixing all the faults on my 1991 M5 - the gear box doesn't leak any more, fourth gear doesn't stick at all, my wheels are beautifully balanced and concentric, I've put back the original mirrors and steering wheel (but for some reason the horn has now stopped working!)etc.....but I cannot seem to eliminate the driver's wiper judder.

Unless the windscreen is really wet, the wiper 'bounces' across the 'screen, a real pain. At first, having had it adjusted as best as possible at the garage, I thought it might be juddering because the windscreen was 'worn' where previously, the actual arm had scraped across the windscreen. So, I got a new windscreen. What a waste of money, the wiper still judders exactly as before!!

Given that the garage were unable last time to fix this problem, should I try to fit a new arm? Will the driver's arm from any E34 fit, or must it be from an M5?

Any one else ever had this problem? Is adjusting the arm as big a pain as I am making out?

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Old 24th May 2001, 15:30   #2
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Hi big Mac,
I think you should change you arm. These wippers'arms are computer designed and if it had subtain a choc or an act of vandalism (even a slight one) the only solution is to change it. I think this part is standard and is the same for all 5 series including M5
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(but for some reason the horn has now stopped working!)etc.....

Don´t worry about the horn. The cause must be a died relay. They are very cheap.

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Hi BigMac

This "jumping" wiper is a common problem to the E34 series. I have the same here. In my 525i E34 I had before, the problem did not exist. I swapped (not due to that) windscreen and the wiper (not the arm, the other part [sorry don't know the english word for it ]) and problem still exists. But not always, sometimes after driving longer distances in the rain the jumping does away. Strange, huh?


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I had that problem - I recently had an oil change at a main dealer, and I asked them to also change the rubbers in the wipers. Rather than doing this as main dealers do they replaced the whole piece that holds the rubbers too, and on the drivers side it has a long plastic wind deflecter which holds the blade down.
I was tiny bit upset at the price (GBP 40ish) for new genuine BMW blades but was delighted with the result.

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Stu,

Thanks for the info. My car was in the garage this morning, but the mechanic spent most of the time trying to get my horn to work - it used to work fine, until I had the original steering wheel replaced - still doesn't work! Anyway, the garage suggested simply replacing the wiper assembly as you did yours. I popped into a nearby BMW repair shop, and they replaced it on the spot, cost 3000 ptas., that's about £11 (for just the one piece). £40 does sound a bit painful, even if they did both blades...ouch!

For the record, it still judders a little, but not nearly so much...I think I can just about live with it now!

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